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Unexpected Life Changer
"You need one of these. It will change your life! my friend told me. She was referring to her two-burner portable stove that runs on a tank of butane. I had never before heard anyone mention camp stove in their list of life-altering items.
When I think of things that have changed my life, I think about accepting Christ, meeting my spouse, losing a loved one, having babies, near misses; but not stoves. Upon reflection, though, I have other memories of which I can say because of that, either I am different or my life is different. Memories of time spent with friends, my first dog, a class taken, a decision made, even a conversation.
Nancy Burton holding a young boy on a recent visit to the Kimbondo Hospital/Orphanage, Congo.
Often here, we don't have electricity or city waterfor hours or days at a time. Even with a generator, everyday activities like cooking and laundry can be challenging. Eventually, we took my friends advice and purchased a two-burner gas stove so we could cook without electricity. We discovered that she was correct. Its hard to explain to others how significant that stove is to us now. A gas stove may not have made my original list of life-altering items, but sometimes our lists are composed of big things when little things can also matter a lot.
When I walk through the neighborhood to buy vegetables and talk with people, when I visit the orphanage and hold babies or chat with the older girls, when I buy Kleenex from a street kid or meet a need that someone has, it matters. Can a stove change a life? Absolutely! So can a smile, a kind word, a lift home, a loaf of bread, or a prayer spoken. It is possible that you can change someones life today with just a small act of kindness. You never know . . . it might be just what they need.
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Posted in Outdoor Activities Post Date 12/11/2014