Take Heart: South Sudan and Pain

April 29, 2013

by Kara Boda, Communications Advisor

We were made for another world.

Our world knows pain. You and I are well-acquainted with it, and so are people around the world.

Samaritan’s Purse is currently working at several refugee camps in South Sudan. These camps are home to nearly two hundred thousand refugees that have fled from violence and aerial bombing raids in Sudan.

These people have lost almost everything. They’ve been forced to abandon their possessions, are living in primitive and unsanitary living spaces, and many are sick and dying. We are doing our best to help with health and hygiene, as well as food and water programs. Still, the crisis continues.

Here in North America, pain simply takes a different disguise.

Violence visits our schools and communities, depression plagues even our children, and many use substance abuse as a temporary balm for the pain in their lives.

Divorce rates tell us that, each year, growing numbers of people in North America experience the pain of broken relationships and separation. And homelessness and poverty continue to exist, even in our wealthiest cities.

Our world knows pain.

Throughout history, people from different genders and religions, cultures and contexts, times and spaces have communicated a similar sentiment: when will life be different?

C.S. Lewis once wrote, “If we find ourselves with a desire that nothing in this world can satisfy, the most probable explanation is that we were made for another world.”

Take heart.

When Jesus came to earth, He promised that a new order was coming. The Apostle John describes what it will be like in the Book of Revelation:

“Now the dwelling of God is with men, and he will live with then. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God. He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away” (Rev. 21:3-4, NIV).

Though today may be plagued by pain and hardship, remember what Christ has done. In Him, we find our hope.