Today’s prompt is messenger.
We’ve been in Cotonou, Benin for 34 days.
In 34 days we’ve met Ministers, Ambassadors, Managing Directors, Secretary Generals and Comissoners. We’ve presented Mercy Ships to security guards, business owners, salesmen, pastors and perfect strangers over lunch.
Our little team has served as messengers of hope in government buildings, hospitals, city streets and local businesses. It never gets old or dull and though it’s a beautiful message we bring it doesn’t actually get any easier. The phrase, “don’t shoot the messenger,” is one we can all relate to for a reason. The messenger is first to see the reactions… The good and the bad… The beautiful and the sad.
And while we see mostly positive reactions when we present Mercy Ships and announce our arrival we still see the pained look on some faces that tell the story we are too late for their loved one. But by far the hardest is seeing the ones who refuse to give in to hope and then unknowingly squelch the hope of countless others.
That is what breaks my heart… That is what keeps me up at night and that is what this little team of messengers prays daily aganist.
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