| Jun 11, 2013
Several weeks ago, I talked with someone I had known a long time about my plans to walk 220 miles from our Redmond, WA office to our headquarters in Tigard, OR.
His immediate response: “You must be crazy.”
In some way, maybe my friend was right. Here I am, a few weeks before turning 65 and retiring from my position as president of Medical Teams International. This is not necessarily the best time of life to consider walking 15-20 miles a day for 2 weeks.
On the other hand, I’m really excited to do this. I know it’s a lot of time and effort but I hope God is pleased and honored by what I’m doing. After all, He has blessed the work with the poor that I’ve been privileged to do these 41 years. Certainly, I can give back a few weeks to express my love and gratitude for His blessing.
Some might say that the volunteers who serve with us or the donors who support our work are crazy as well. After all, who takes several weeks out of their lives to travel to difficult places to care for people who are suffering and who cannot repay anything for the care they receive? And, who gives money from their own resources to help people they may never see or meet? Many in our world today might consider these volunteers and donors to be crazy.
What do you think? Is it crazy to walk 220 miles, to travel around the world to save a life, to give sacrificially to help a suffering person whom you may never meet?
I start walking 220 miles on Thursday. So, I guess you know my answer to that question.