In November 2015, Venture President Ryan Skoog, along with a team of 17 others, visited Venture projects in SE Asia where refugees are receiving Feed My Starving Children food. This is a brief recap of his trip.
In 15 days we took 13 flights, checked into 11 hotels, rode 31 hours in vans through the mountains and visited 3 countries within SE Asia. Our team of 18, including my two young ginger-headed kids, felt like we had earned our travel merit badges.
We thought we had been on quite the journey, but when we delivered 64,000 Feed My Starving Children meals to refugees we found out many had walked three days, accompanied by armed guards, through mine infested jungles to come get food. Perhaps our journey wasn’t so tough after all.
As we brought food, blankets and shared the Gospel with hundreds of refugee children, my own kids were deeply impacted. “Dad,” they said, “they are kids just like us. They jump rope, and like soccer!” But the difference is, these children have to walk for days to get food sometimes. These were some of the 6,000 children we are able to feed everyday because of the sacrifice of the Venture community.
Our main partner on the border said that word is getting out up and down the border that Christians are feeding children, and that this is making Jesus look beautiful in one of the most remote and desperate places on earth. For me, this was only one of several moments holding back tears. I thought of the sacrifice of everyone back home, I thought of the desperation of the refugees, and it struck me: No matter how remote, nothing can stop the love of God from reaching people.
Christmas is often a time to reflect on the previous year’s journey. For me, I remember our beautiful refugee friends and think, perhaps this year’s journey wasn’t so tough after all. It’s this thought that inspires me to give more of myself, more than ever, so that Jesus’ love can truly come down into some of the most broken places on earth. Truly, this is why we celebrate Christmas. Christ came down into our brokenness, born as a refugee himself, shining light into the darkness of a war zone, and in our own hearts.