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Its not about you, help people follow their dreams

Brian Proffit from Rev Magazine had a great commentary on a story reported by CNN.

"CNN reported today about a man they called a hero. Jorge Munoz, a New York bus driver, delivers home-cooked meals to scores of hungry people every night. He and his family have been voluntarily feeding people under an elevated train track 7 nights a week, 365 days a year for more than four years. These days there can be as many as 140 people waiting for a meal from him. He estimates he has served over 70,000 meals.

As a bus driver, he gets paid about $700 a week. The outreach to these people costs $400 - $450 a week. Why do they (his mother and sister spend much of the day cooking these meals while he's driving his bus) spend so much time and money on this? "I have a stable job, my mom, my family, a house... everything I want, I have. And these guys [don't]. So I just think, 'OK, I have the food.' At least for today they're going to have a meal to eat."

On $700 a week, and with a family to feed, he feels so blessed with all that he has that he feels compelled to spend more than half his income and hours every day to help others. He has found his passion point and he is following it.

How can it be that churches complain about having trouble finding volunteers when the human heart has this kind of capacity to care? Maybe it's because we're trying to get them to follow our dreams rather than helping them find their own passion points. I'm convinced that Jorge Munoz, hero that he is, is not fundamentally different from any of the rest of us. When we find what we truly care about, we're willing to sacrifice greatly for it. Maybe, just maybe, if we help people see the real needs in our communities they will find things that touch their own passion points...and we won't be able to stop them from taking on that ministry.

Oh by the way, his mother came to the United States from Colombia to find work after his father was killed. She took a job as a nanny and now she, Munoz, and his sister have become legal citizens. Thousands of people are very glad—perhaps even still alive because—they were allowed into the country."

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posted by Justin Forman | 3.21.2009 - 6:37 PM

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