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‘Just Love Them’

During our weekly staff devotions, one of my coworkers shared a story about Mother Teresa from a 1989 trip to Phoenix.

During a commercial break in an interview with KTAR, the largest radio station in town, the announcer asked Mother Teresa whether there was anything he could do for her. He expected her to request a donation or ask for media help to raise money for the new facility. Instead, she looked him in the eye and said, “Yes, there is.”

Find someone nobody else loves and love them.

Wow.

Honestly, this kind of love doesn’t come easily to me. But I see it all the time in stories from our partners in India. Here are just two:

From a young age, Raj disobeyed his parents and was impulsive. By age 14 it had turned into an addiction to alcohol. His parents heard about a Children’s Bible Club from a neighbor and in desperation forced him to attend. But he spent all his time insulting the teacher and distracting the children. Members of the church started fasting and praying for him. The result was dramatic. The Club leader shared, “He was very troublesome, uncontrollable and was very rude with everyone. Now he loves to play with his friends in the club, sing, and recite memory verses.”

Dhir

Meena started teaching a free nightly literacy class in her village. But all the village men would get drunk after working all day in the field, and then showed up outside the literacy class to mock her. It happened every single night. But Meena didn’t lose heart. She prayed for them. One of the men, Dhir, was astonished to realize that after a few weeks of mocking from the back of the class, he was starting to recognize letters! He started trying to read signs, bus routes, and any words he came across. He was secretly thrilled – but he couldn’t let his buddies know. He stopped drinking so he could learn more quickly, and started sneaking into the literacy class when they weren’t around.  A few months later, Meena was thrilled to hear that Dhir had received Jesus as his Savior.

How about you? Have you had a “loving the unloveable” experience lately? Share in the comments.

“If you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? Even sinners love those who love them.” (Luke 6:32)

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