"There Is Plenty Of Need Here." And My Response To That Statement

If I hear one more person say, "I don't know why people feel the need to go to another country for missions. There is plenty of need here in America." I'm going to go bat crap crazy on them.

Reader: WHOA! Slow your roll! What has you so feisty today?

Honestly, I started thinking about something while I was in the shower today.

Reader: Stop right there. I don't want to hear anymore.

Gross Reader.

I started thinking about a time before we left for Guatemala and one of my friend's moms said to my mom, "I don't understand why Sarah wants to move to Guatemala. There is plenty of need here in America."

I have also heard, "There are just as many poor people in America as there are in other countries."

Or

"I've traveled all over the world and America has just as much poverty as Guatemala, China, South America..."

Or

"People here in America need to eat too!"

I want to smack these people. 

I want to take them to the area that we did ministry, and I want to shove their faces in the poop of our kids, which is outside, in their yard, because they don't have toilets.

Reader: Wow! That's just kind of harsh.

It is, and I mean it. 

Here is what I want to say about this. 

In response to the first statement: "I don't understand why you want to move to another country for missions. There is plenty of need here in America."

Guess what!

I didn't want to move to another country!

I didn't wake up one day and say, "Hey! Let's take our family to a super dangerous area, away from family and friends, away from activities and church, away from CIVILIZATION, and have some fun!

This was not something that I dreamed up in my head. 

I am not a masochist. 

I did, however, hear God's call to go to this place. 

I did, however, wrestle with the Holy Spirit over being obedient to this call.

I did, however, cry and cry about the idea of leaving my family and friends.

I did, however, follow the Lord's guidance and move my family, to a very lonely yet beautiful place. 

So, when you ask me why I would want to move to another country for missions instead of staying in America, I want to smack you. 

Do you really think people want to leave everything they have without God being the one pushing them to do so? 

REALLY?!?!

And as far as America is concerned, get off your lazy butt and take care of it. Clearly you feel called to be here, so go do something about it.

In response to the second statement: "There are just as many poor people in America as there are in other countries."

Please stop being stupid. 

This is from Wikipedia: "In November 2012 the U.S. Census Bureau said more than 16% of the population lived in poverty, including almost 20% of American children, up from 14.3% (approximately 43.6 million) in 2009 and to its highestlevel since 1993. In 2008, 13.2% (39.8 million) Americans lived in poverty."

That sounds bad, right?

This is taken from the 2014 poverty guidelines put out by our government.

This might not seem like much for people in America, but if this is the case, and you make $11,670 for just yourself, you are in the top 14.68% richest person in the WORLD income!

And this is considered poverty in the United States.

In Guatemala, the average annual income for the lower MIDDLE class is around $1,619.00...PER YEAR. That is $10,000 less than a person in "poverty" in America, and I can promise you that they aren't supporting just one person. This man or woman making $1619 per year is probably feeding a family of 6 or 7.

So, stop being stupid.

Guatemala isn't even that poor compared to many countries in the world, and they are much poorer than people in America.

And, in response to the statement: "People in America need to eat too!"

Really? I didn't know that. People need to eat here? That is shocking. I mean, the model look is totally in, so I figured that's what we were all going for. Oh wait. We are a super obese country. 

And..

There are food kitchens EVERYWHERE!!!

Also, let's talk about the definition that the government has come up with for hunger: The federal government defines hunger as a recurring, painful sensation caused by inadequate food due
to low-income status. 

How about all of the people in other countries who are DYING from starvation?

Food in America is not a problem, and while I do know that there are plenty of people in America who are hungry (It's not like I want kids or elderly to be hungry), there are over 58,000 food pantries and feeding programs that you can go get food from.

So, yes, people in America need to eat, but they can, at one of the 58,000 places provided to them for FREE in America. 

Reader: Sarah. You need to chill. You have no idea. You just don't understand. Kids are hungry! You sound so mean, like you don't care!

I totally care. I never said I didn't, but I get super fired up when people try to compare "poverty" in the United states compared to poverty in the rest of the world. 

It is NOT the same. 

I am all for donating food to food pantries.

Do it, but don't compare apples to oranges.

Don't try to act like Guatemala or Sri Lanka or Burundi are the same as America. 

They aren't.

And, don't try to wet blanket someone when they say they are going over to another country for missions. Just shut your mouth and get some perspective.

Ok, I'm getting off my high horse now....

Reader: Good! You sounded like a total biotch!

(Also, because I don't want anyone to take what I am saying the wrong way, I think that volunteering in America is super important. We are doing that here. I don't think everyone should go to other countries. Just clarifying that it pisses me off when people try to compare it to other poverty stricken countries..)