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As, I pondered Natasha’s gracious request to write a post for her blog, I was reminded that I am not an expertise in any one area of justice. My heart just reflects my passion to participate in as much redemption as possible with this gift of life I have.
The greatest teacher in my life is experience. That’s what I have to offer today.
How to lead people into justice.
Honestly, my heart for justice was stirred when I saw this video. Global Night Commute. I was never the same. Soon after, I went on a mission trip to the country of Lesotho. The drive from Johannesburg to the mountains of Lesotho gave us a firsthand tour of poverty. You couldn’t not see it and you couldn’t unsee it. With no education, witchdoctors controlling with fear tactics, and no legal system for these remote villagers in the mountains, the future was bleak. My heart for Africa was solidified with these hard truths.
As a youth pastor at the time, I wanted to help our students see that justice is needed outside of our bubbles of suburbia. And God drove me to make that happen. I took twelve teenagers on that Lesotho trip. I led two construction trips and 100 people to East St. Louis; which at the time was most impoverished city in America. Having emotion over situations is one thing, but I knew unless we participated in trying to fix it, the emotion would fade and the memory of the injustice we were fighting would leave. So, I sought to lead our students to make an impact by way of their actions and their words.
As I type this, I think of those Lesotho trip kids (who are now adults pursuing justice in the world). One of them works in the Ohio Statehouse with a heart to fight sex trafficking. Another was scared to death on that trip, but has since returned to Africa several times mentoring young African children. Now she gets to watch them become thriving teenagers and adults in their communities. My daughter was nationally recognized for leading her fraternity to establish a music entity in an inner city school that didn’t have one. Another young lady left elite suburbia and took her education to be a teacher in inner city Chicago. Honestly, I could write a story on each one of those kids. They are now all adults making this a safer and more just world.
We need to lead others into the story of justice.