The Ripple Effect: it’s a beautiful thing, really. One can especially reap the benefits of the Ripple Effect when on Outreach. Let me tell you a little story to illustrate how:
We’ve been in a village called “Keerom” for the past 10 days. A few days ago, one of us came across a little child with a pretty bad cut on his foot. The wound was open, and because of its positioning – and a general lack of knowledge on personal hygiene – it was dirty and swollen. Unfortunately, we were too late to stop the infection, but we figured we could still help fight it. We washed out the cut, dabbed on some iodine, and closed it up with a bandage.
It wasn’t much, but we did the most we could with what we had.
We realized that there were probably a dozen other kids who needed similar attention – not only kids, but adults, too. So we decided to set up a “clinic” – a bucket of water and soap, a bottle of iodine, a little medical tape and some gauze, and
a few teenagers playing doctor, wanting to show that each person is valuable.
At first, only a couple of kids came forward. And then… The Ripple Effect! The first few kids got bandaged up and then sent out and came back with their friends; then those friends got bandaged up, sent out, and came back with their parents… Etc etc.
By the end of our time, some of the older kids were even helping us clean up the younger kids.
It was so good to be able to serve in this way and the people of Keerom were able to see how God’s love reaching us was reaching them!
Written By Andrea Oueis
Trailblazers DTS Student