In the time that I have been in Vanuatu, two of my friends have had babies die in childbirth. I went home to have Matthew. Just this year a baby died in the village we visit for field experience from Malaria. We not only have access to medicines to prevent malaria, but also have on hand different medicine for treatment, should the prevention step fail.
Is this fair?
In one sense the question is a whole lot bigger than me and my guilt. It's about wealthy nations and developing nations. It's about rich and poor.
For me, it's about living a genuine christian life in the midst of people who struggle to feed and cloth their children and for whom toothpaste is a luxury commodity. How can I be "all things to all men" when as soon as things are difficult, I get out of here?
To be honest I'm still struggling to answer my questions. These are the sorts of categories I can think of to help me as I work through them.
- guilt on a personal level versus guilt on a corporate level
- sins of 'omission' as well as sins of 'co-mission'
- the continuting debt of love
- what 'incarnational' mission is and if it is a helpful way think about or do mission.
It may take a while. Join in with your ideas!