Today while we filmed the tv piece on the girls, we walked through a park and encountered so many homeless dogs, you would have thought it was a dogpark in the States. Tons of them...injured, dirty, scared, hungry, ribs visible. Nastia wanted to take every one of them home.
There are 22 orphanages in Kemerovo alone. Anya's former orphanages housed 400 children. Nastia's houses 100. Even the best orphanages cannot afford the number of caretakers truly needed to give these children even a semblance of normal life. The directors of the orphanage make the equivalent of $60 per month. I make more than that a day.
And I am only reporting from one small city in one suffering country. There are thousands more just like it!
Enough already. Enough with America living in its selfish stupor. Wake up!
WE ARE NOT ALONE ON THIS PLANET. Our brothers and sisters are suffering because of OUR inattention, OUR gluttony, OUR self-serving. WE ARE THE PROBLEM. If you don't realize this, you are in great denial and I can only hope God opens your heart and eyes before it's too late.
This world will go on and on as it is, crumbling into oblivion and taking millions of lives with it, if we privileged few do not PUT DOWN our phones, our designer bags and our ignorance. If we do not stop self-medicating with booze and drugs and television and shopping and all the other things that lull us into a state of numbness. My heart hurts so much. But I'm grateful it hurts. I WANT it to hurt because that tells me I am awake to the truth. If your heart does not hurt, you are OUT OF TOUCH.
God, my prayer is that you will keep waking people up, as you have graciously chosen to open my eyes. I see You working in so many lives, calling others to be your hands and feet in this world. But there need to be ARMIES of compassionate people, battalions of caretakers. Call them! Wake them. I beg you!