There is a growing wave of volunteerism worldwide. People are realizing that there is more to life than their own bubble. Perhaps it is attributed to increased awareness of global needs. The media shares stories of refugees, and groups of people who are persecuted for various reasons. Abraham Lincoln stated, “To ease another’s heartache is to forget one’s own”. Our ‘sensitivity dial’ has been turned up a notch or two, and it seems, our moral compass, is honing in on the needs of others. Horace Mann summed up the sentiment for those who ignore the plea, when he said, “Doing nothing for others is the undoing of ourselves”.
We recently received an email from one of our contacts in Nepal: “It’s been over three months since India embargoed and blockaded Nepal. In the past Nepal has gotten most of its goods from India, but now with the blockade, Nepal has a huge shortage of everything, from food to fuel, prices have gone through the roof. Unfortunately our living conditions have worsened, and now with a new disaster looming ahead, the cold of winter, without adequate food or protection from the cold, I have no idea how we’ll manage. My family has also been suffering from cough and colds brought on by the growing chill in the air. I haven’t seen a winter like this before, it’s tough. I humbly request you to pray for my family and this situation we’re facing. Your prayers, support and consideration would be a great blessing to my family. Thank you.”
Everyone has to find their groove in the “Volunteerism” space, but we all have to occupy it. Some can physically go and assist, others can donate money or other needed items and many will be able to assist in ways which will utilize their skillset. Please consider sharing some of your time and talent to enlarging the opportunities of our global family. You are encouraged to sign up and volunteer at GR3. We need individuals to assist in different ways from IT development to medical personnel. Send us an email or give us a call. We would be glad to hear from you.
“He who does not live, in some degree, for others, hardly lives for himself”