Monday, June 09, 2008

Find Your Own Calcutta

I have heard recently of two friends of friends joining up with the group Servants to Asia's Urban Poor. From the little that I know about this group, their unique thumbprint is that all of those who are called to serve in this group actually live in the same slums and conditions as those that they are serving.

Jason Porterfield, one such individual who experienced the call to join Servants, tells the story of Mother Theresa who often received letters asking, "Can I come out to Calcutta?" Sometimes she would say, "Yes." But most of the time she would respond with a simple two sentences, "Calcuttas are everywhere, if you only have eyes to see. Find your own Calcutta."

What a good reminder!