“I am only one, but I am one. I cannot do everything, but I can do something. And I will not let what I cannot do interfere with what I can do.” – Edward Everett Hale
Today is the day of ‘ones.’ It has been officially one month since I stepped back on US soil. It is the day I looked down into my prescription bottle and realized this is the last malaria pill left. I have one day left to pay for school. The weather outside feels like it is a blissful one degree outside.
The past month has also been themed with some ‘ones.’ There have been days where I have felt alone but there have been days where I have been filled and joyful due to those dear ones in my life that took the time to listen to my stories and look at my collection of 4,000 photos and help me with this transition back. The Lord has helped me with my one last car payment for the year, along with providing the finances to start my first semester of college. I have also realized how much power and happiness can come with the number ‘one.’
My biggest fear with returning to America, was that this experience would become a distant memory, something that I could no longer feel or experience in the day to day. I feared that the faces of this kids would all blend together into one and the laughter and the joy and their smiles would all fade kinda into one mega memory, instead of staying in their separate moments that I remember so well. But none of those things I feared have happened so far and I doubt they ever will.
With my return, I knew I was the only seventeen year old coming back from this three month experience to Dallas, and this ‘one’ had some power. Even though I couldn’t be in Uganda, I could share the stories and laughter of these kids with the world. I love this ministry and I love these kids and I want to do something about it. I asked the Lord about it all, and the first thing he laid on my heart was sponsorship.
Seeing first hand what a letter from one person in America does to one child in Uganda was life changing. The happiness and pure joy that would consume that child when they would read those words that they are so loved and thought of and prayed over and that they are special and not forgotten. What a way to be the hands and feet of Jesus and what an opportunity to impact the life of someone oceans away. You become that child’s family and are so adored. One thing that has been a New Year’s resolution for many I know, is that people want to impact or change the life of someone this coming year. What a more excellent way to do so- partnering with an amazing, God-breathed ministry, and allowing the Lord to work through you to love these kids. All it takes is one and you can be the someone to share the love of Jesus around the world.
This past month of ‘ones’ has been raw and beautiful and hard and blissful. However, one person can make all the difference. Jesus truly changes everything.