The Other Side of the World…

…in more ways than one.  I have just finished reading, and re-reading parts of, the book  The Places In Between  by Rory Stewart.  In January 2002 Rory Stewart completed a walk across Afghanistan.  He walked from Herat to Kabul in a straight line through the central mountains.  It is an unusual adventure story that I thoroughly enjoyed, but the comments I want to write here are about parts of the world that are untouched by the life and death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.  Virtual visits to isolated villages in the mountains opened my eye to how little these people know of the outside world and of a revelation from the Creator of the universe.   Entire villages exist without anyone who knows how to read and write.  It helps me have a better picture in my mind when I pray around the world.  Written Bible courses cannot reach them.  Short wave radio might reach a few.  Who can?                                                I read about the petty things they squabbled about, and about the seemingly innocent people who were killed because of power struggles between the few who thought only of their own selfish desires.  But when some of the “seemingly innocent” people sought revenge, that innocence was lost.  So many of the words of Jesus come to my mind.  If they only knew that no one is innocent, that all of us have sinned and come short of the glory of God.  I want them to know that Jesus died for all of us and that we must forgive others as he has forgiven us.

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