Saturday, October 16, 2010

Sappy Saturday

Today's post is up a little late simply because I wanted to wait to see just how much cash the internets could raise to give mosquito nets to people in Uganda.

Yesterday Jon Acuff of Stuff Christians Like posted a challenge for his readers to raise $10,000 in 24 hours for SafeWorldNexus's Ugandan mosquito net project. A pretty lofty goal.

They donated that in 2 1/2 hours.

Wow.

The final tally for 24 hours was $30,964.60 $32,250.

Double wow (it's like a double rainbow, only so amazing that it defies being auto-tuned).

I've seen folks (and been a folk) talk about how Christians will offer up platitudes like, "I'll pray for you," as a way to avoid actually doing anything. Which isn't to say that I think prayer is unimportant. But when I see folks actually put their faith into action? Well, that's pretty amazing.

What is extra cool about this to me, is that it was that this was done by a blog. To be sure, it's a freaking awesome blog (and seriously, if you haven't read SCL, you are missing out on one of the very best things on the internet -- go there now), but still. Jon took this invisible thing and turned it into a community. And he offered that community an opportunity to save lives.

Most of us who read Jon's blog don't know each other in real life. We don't go to church together. We don't have the same political views. We don't have the same theological views. We're not in the same stage of life. We're not even in the same country. There are, no doubt, a lot of things that we're told should push us apart -- make us "the other."

But instead, we focused on what we have in common. Love for God. And love for OTHER people we don't know. People who don't have what we have. People who could die without this little net. Three thousand other people.

I love that sometimes the hands and feet of Jesus are digital.
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