Continued…(click HERE to read previous post)
“At-risk children in my house? Drugs dealers and thieves? Juvenile detention centers? Are you crazy? That is the kind of thing best left for professionals, missionaries or folks without their own family to care for. Besides, in this country you can get sued for looking the wrong way at a child. The risks are just too great. What if I just write a check?”
As the President of a non-profit organization that survives on the giving heart of GOD’s people, I would say, yes, please do. Better yet, you, your family, your business and your church could purpose to become regular financial partners with an organization, like Open Arms Worldwide (www.openarmsworldwide.org), that is working to get more “bull elephants” out into the places where children have been left most vulnerable. But, if you stop there you are missing out. Is it dangerous and risky? Absolutely. But with great risk comes great reward.
Do Not Fear
That leads me to my second animal story. This one took place in the warm gulf coast waters of Florida in 2001 and was picked up and reported by most major television news networks at the time. A man was relaxing at the beach with some relatives when he heard screams and looked to see a pool of blood forming around his nephew who was standing in the shallow water. A seven-foot long, 250-pound bull shark had a firm hold on the boy and wasn’t letting go.
The uncle jumped into the water, as most of us would, and, taking hold of the sharks’ tail, pulled the animal away from the boy. The shark released, but had taken the child’s arm just below the shoulder. He was losing a lot of blood as his aunt began caring for him onshore. At that point the uncle would have been perfectly justified in releasing his hold on the shark and returning to the safety of shore to care for his nephew, but that would have to wait, there were other children still in the water. Holding on tightly to that tail, he wrestled the beast, which was all the while trying to turn on him, up on to the beach where a park ranger shot it with his 9mm service pistol. The boys’ arm was retrieved and reattached, and the immediate danger to the other children in the water was removed.
Is there a lesson for us here? Stay tuned…