Out of Sight, Out of Mind
Sometimes we need a wake-up call, an exhortation, a word to remind us there is more to this world than what we experience in our daily lives. I believe many of us live in a bubble. I believe many of us are insulated from the realities of billions of people. Our cultural awareness becomes restricted when we choose not to be informed and involved. When global events occur far from our lives, we are seldom affected personally. Our worldview can become limited and myopic.
After recently reading, Simon Sinek’s Leaders Eat Last: Why Some Teams Pull Together and Others Don’t, I was struck by his insight that our present generation is swept up in abstraction and distraction, which disassociates us from reality and deep relationships. To put it bluntly, we are disconnected from the world and each other.
Most people are unaware of current world events, especially events in African countries. The Washington Post had an interesting article from June 2016 entitled, “Do Americans care about the rest of the world?” Researchers ranked countries, according to how often US media outlets cover the countries’ news events. Sadly, African countries were very low on the list. The old adage, “Out of sight, out of mind,” rings true here. If we don’t see, experience, or have knowledge of an event, then it is of no interest or import to us.
Because I work in Africa and with African leaders, I am constantly reminded of the world they live in, the ministry they provide, and the impact they are making on the world. Their actions don’t make the nightly news, but they are rocking the world for the Kingdom of God. Here’s a glimpse of how two Catalyst For Africa leaders are making an eternal impact.