Today we visited the Guatemala City dump.
A place that is 1 square kilometer. A place where 20,000 families reside.
A place where the water is unfit for consumption, even by a rat.
A place where little girls go missing like discarded baby dolls.
A place where vultures circle, searching for something, anything, to prey on.
A place so dark that even hours later my eyes still are not accustomed to the light.
If I am honest, I am frustrated. Really frustrated.
Frustrated because I cannot begin to reconcile the disparity.
The disparity between wealth and poverty. Want and need. Developed and developing. Light and dark.
I have questions.
How do I fish shoes out of my overflowing closet after seeing babies walk on trash barefoot?
How do I discard leftovers after watching kids line up for whatever the Compassion project is serving because it is a rare warm meal?
How do I return to the abundant life I left five days ago knowing the haunting truth of poverty?
And unfortunately there are no easy answers. There are no pretty pink bows to tie up this life-changing journey.
There are only challenges.
The passionate pursuit of becoming more like Christ.
And the question that Shaun Groves asked each of us tonight, “Now that you KNOW, what are you going to DO about it?”
I must ask you the same question.
Now that you know, what are you going to do about it?