Andy Perkins was a salesman for a printing company in Texas. He attended church and read his Bible, but had never been involved in any on-going ministry or service. Andy was invited on a mission trip to Liberia. He decided to go and that single week changed his life forever.
“Jesus looked at them and said, ‘For mortals it is impossible, but not for God;for God all things are possible.’” —Mark 10:27
Andy wasn’t wealthy or privy to any special abilities, but his heart was broken over the things that break the heart of God. Starving and disease-ravaged children, orphaned and abandoned by a horrible Civil War, motivated Andy to try to bring change.
He returned home, left his job, formed a non-profit company, began to raise money, and poured his time, energy, heart, and soul into Liberia. The result? In just a few short years, he began running a program that feeds over 500 children a day and a medical clinic is under construction in a rural area where most babies never see their first birthday. He also employs two local men to oversee the day-to-day activity of the programs.
Do you think Andy believes anyone who says one man can’t make a difference? No, he would just laugh and say that God can do anything with one willing heart.
Do you sometimes feel your efforts are futile? It is easy to feel that way, looking at the needs of the world. Know and be encouraged that God can use you—even in the little things—to make a huge difference in the lives of those you serve. You may never know, on this side of Heaven, what a difference you have made.
MY KING, remind me when I feel insignificant or small that You are big enough to do anything. Would You do mighty things with my life by Your power? Let me see people the way You see them and give me the strength to make a true difference.