I think one of the reasons people don’t get involved in social justice issues is the fear that the help they give won’t make a difference.

“Sure, I’d love to give money,” they think, “but my $50 will never cure AIDS in Africa, so what’s the point?”

“I could volunteer my time at a local food pantry, but won’t there always be hungry people?”

I admit to thinking that myself from time to time.  Especially when I’m in Haiti…

She may only be one person, but this little one now has a chance!

The problems in Port-au-Prince are so monumental, so epic, so mind-numbing, that it’s easy to see the care of an individual as nothing more than a drop in the bucket.  “What’s the point of providing a family with a bag of rice?  There are still millions of others starving nearby.”

But two weeks after the earthquake, after spending a day watching individual after individual receive badly needed medical care, I started to realize the truth:  people are being helped.  Haiti is being restored.  It’s slow going, sure.  But it’s happening… one person at a time.

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About the Author: Barry is the founder and Executive Director of World Next Door. A storyteller, traveller and giant nerd, he lives to compel suburban Americans to get engaged with social justice and find their place in God's kingdom revolution. His ultimate dream is to adopt a pet monkey named Kevin.

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