I read somewhere recently if you have an income in your home of $36,000 per adult or more, you are in the upper five percent of wealth in the world’s population. It is hard to imagine the imbalance of wealth. It is almost time to get on an airplane and return to the bush country of West Africa. It is hard to describe. As you approach the village there is the unmistakeable pungent odor of shay nuts roasting. There is the dust kicked up from the bush taxi as we make our way down what they call a road. There are the bloated bellies of the children who have worms, and the reddish colored hair from malnutrition. There are the clothes that they wear until they are absolute shreds and no longer will stay on.
There are the charcoal fires with the iron pots cooking millet into “toe” a playdough consistency gray food that is the staple of their diets. It is gritty and bland, but they live on it. It is tolerable with the peanut sauce or okra sauce.
There are the ropes and rubber bladder type buckets that lower into the ground level wells, where the cow dung and dead bugs, and dirt, and everything else falls in. There are the big eyed children, and the toothless older adults. But on all there are the huge smiles and the waaves as we come or go.
It is like stepping into the first century. There is no running water. There is no toilet, just a hole in the ground, and if you are fortunate a wall that surrounds three sides and comes up to at least your waiste. The joke is, ‘How do you tell the volunteers from the missionaries?” The volunteers can use a squatty potty, but the missionary can hit it. I know, that is gross and vulgar.
But what is amazing is the thousands, no millions of people tha thave no access to the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Coca cola has gotten there. In our village there is a huge cell phone tower. So no electricity in the village, but cell phone service now. No modern conveniences at all, except the cell phones. Oh there is an occaisional television powered by a car battery with an antenna run up a tree. How did coke get there, and cell phones, and the Good News of God’s incredible love.
“Whoever calls on the name of the Lord, will be saved. How will they call on Him in whom they have not beleived? How will they believe in Him of whom they have never heard? And how will they hear, unless you tell them?”