Posted by: Omar C. Garcia | October 8, 2011

Global Glimpses

Who | Paul Crandall, Recreation Pastor at Kingsland

Where I’ve Traveled With Kingsland | I have traveled to Nicaragua, China, Mongolia, Israel, and India.

My Most Recent Trip | Kolkata, India

What God Taught Me About Compassion | Before going to India, I was encouraged by a few friends to bring Vick’s Vapor Rub to place under my nose so I wouldn’t smell the stench of the slums. After the first day of walking through one of the worst sites I have ever seen, I was convicted to have a deeper compassion for the people of India. It was as if God wanted me to learn a valuable lesson. He wanted me to smell the smells that the people in the slums smell. I needed to receive their smell. He wanted me to see what they see, hear what they hear, feel how they feel and taste what they taste. God gave me sensory overload, and I was very grateful he did. I learned very quickly how to have a deeper compassion for the people there. It would have been near impossible for me to fully comprehend what true compassion was until I allowed my senses to be maximized to the fullest.

How My Outlook Has Changed | Not only do I need to be more compassionate to those around me, I now see the power of cooperation and collaboration. I see a huge need in this country for people to work together effectively. In my setting as a Pastor, I understand the need for us to work together so we can reach people for Christ. There is such a high need for us to place aside our selfish pride and sense of self absorption in order to reach those that are lost and have not found the hope of Christ.

Why I Must Go Again | I already miss the people, the sounds, and the smells. I want to see those faces again, hold hands with the kids from the school, and not just mark it off my list. I know God does not want me to forget the people and the ministry impact that was made. I want to go back and serve the people and remind them that God loves them.

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