What if…

“You may choose to look the other way, but you can never say you did not know.”

The words of William Wilberforce, a man who poured out his whole life for the abolition of the slave trade, sank deep into my heart as the dampness of tears and the ache on my insides seemed to intensify.

We sat together in the basement, as the snow fell softly on the lawn outside our safe, cozy, comfortable home. Fresh snow always reminds me of the pure heart of God, gently floating down to cover all of our broken parts with His grace, His love.

Our cans of pop were on the ground, treats shoved aside.  The silence was thick and consuming.

I had joined a group of friends from church to watch a documentary on sex trafficking… the quote that flashed across the screen towards the end of the film left me changed.

I felt broken by the images flashing before my eyes, by the stories being told.  I hurt because the heart beating inside of me is no longer my own. Hand in hand with a man who had bled and the cross for me, I too felt the pain of living in a broken world.

We talked about the hard parts, the worst parts, each of us being pressed on by different stories, different scenes.

Not sure what to do next we dropped our heads and prayed.

I did not know then that in the coming year, I would meet beautiful, inspiring precious women who had been impacted by the implications of desperate poverty. That I would pray fervently for the Lord to protect the hearts and the lives of young girls living in Kibera, one of the largest slums in the world.

I did not know that I would embark on a journey with a team of beautifully broken women with hearts on fire for the only one who can make us whole.

There was a lot that I did not know.

But there was a little bit that I did.

And so I dropped my head and prayed. And I will never say I didn’t know.

Lately I have been thinking…what if?

What if we didn’t turn our heads and look away?

What if we didn’t let our busy get in the way?  Or our pride? Or our…

What if we dropped our heads to pray…and watched to see how He would work.

What if…

Kim is a passionate disciple of Jesus, who has a heart to see women join hearts and hands as they step into their identity as daughters of the King. She believes that when united in Christ, women have the power to change the world, and is determined to let her scars tell their story as she walks alongside her sisters. Kim is from Toronto, Ontario, where she has worked as an elementary school teacher for the past few years. She has a heart for mentoring and opening herself up to being mentored as she believes strongly in the power of community. Kim is a dreamer, loves adventure, people, and the beauty the God has created in the world around us. She shares her heart on her blog www.heartforhim.weebly.com and would like to invite you along on her journey. Currently she is working in the slum of Kibera, outside of Nairobi, Kenya. She is so excited to apply all she learns from the beautiful people she encounters to her Kingdom Journey. Firmly believing in what He has in store...she is stepping into her destiny...believing that the story He has to tell will be breathtaking.
  • Kelly Poquiz

    You are definitely the only person I know that can wake up one morning, think “maybe I’ll run a marathon today”, and then actually go do it. Great job, and what a fun read! God bless your journey, Justin! Be a light of Christ in this world. Stay safe!