Tim's Blog: Helplessness And Hope
It’s common to feel helpless when we’re confronted with the sheer scope and brutality of poverty. But, as Compassion Australia CEO Tim Hanna shares, helplessness is not the end of the story.
12 May, 2015
Have you ever visited a developing country and felt helpless when confronted by poverty? When I travel to the developing countries Compassion works in, I’m faced with very conflicting emotions. There’s the feeling of helplessness that comes when I meet families in heartbreaking situations. Most recently this happened in Uganda when I met a mum who has HIV/AIDS. She has three young children under five and lost her husband to HIV/AIDS just five months before her youngest was born. Her hope is that she will live long enough to see her three children grow old enough to support themselves. I felt so helpless as I talked and prayed with this mum; a feeling many of us share when confronted with the brutality and heartbreak of poverty.
But helplessness is not the end of the story. There is another emotion that I feel on these visits too. It’s the feeling of hope. This mum from Uganda, who has already lost so much and is facing a challenging future, is not alone. A few months ago she was registered with Compassion’s Child Survival Program in a local church. She is not only given practical help with her family and medical support, but she has renewed hope for her future.
These two feelings—helplessness and hope—are important reminders for us. Our helplessness reminds us how much need there is in our broken world and how much we need Jesus. And our hope reminds us that lives are changing; children are being released from poverty and going on to do incredible things for their communities. Our hope encourages us to keep going.
Let’s pray for this mum in Uganda and for the many more like her. Let’s also thank God for all the lives that have been changed through the generosity of our supporters.
Defend the weak and the fatherless; uphold the cause of the poor and the oppressed. —Psalm 82:3