Do for one

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We talked late into the Kathmandu night, every night. We just wanted to catch up on years apart. Or maybe we really didn’t want to sleep, knowing that aftershocks would rock our already damaged hotel.

. . . when we realise that we can’t help every person in need, we need to do for one what we wish we could do for everyone.

Simon Lewis had also spent years in Nepal doing humanitarian work and had been called back after the quake to lend an experienced hand.

We talked about life, faith and raising children. As always, Simon didn’t just scrape the surface, he wanted to dig deep into the very heart of faith and spirituality—to mine pure ore at the rock face, where the realities of living on a sin-infected planet grind mercilessly against our faith and hope.

Feeling frustrated by how little I could do to help Nepal’s suffering, and knowing that Simon had faced these challenges before, I asked for his thoughts.

“Julian, when we realise that we can’t help every person in need, we need to do for one what we wish we could do for everyone.”

Julian Archer (right) with ADRA leaders in Nepal.

I wish I could help everyone, and fund missionaries to go to every “nation, kindred, tongue and people”.

I can’t.

But I can do for one what I wish I could do for everyone.

Can you?


Julian Archer is the author of Help! I’ve Been Blessed! and writes from Toowoomba, Queensland.