Every One Matters
In a world where we are bombarded with a whole range of statistics; numbers, ratios and percentages used to support a political position or to justify a course of action or a government initiative or law, we some times tend to lose sight of the details or the stories or situations that make up some of those statistics.
In the gospel writings we read that Jesus makes an interesting reference in Matthew 18 to numbers. He tells the story of the shepherd with 100 sheep. The shepherd left the 99 to seek after the ‘one’ who had wandered off. The ‘one’ outside of the security of the shepherd and the flock.
The ‘one’ cut off and in imminent danger. Jesus cared about and went after the ‘one’.
At Sowing Seeds, we passionately care about the ’one’. We strive daily to reach out, care for and try to rescue the many ‘one’s’. Looking beyond statistics – we connect with the ‘one’s’ who have been neglected, rejected, unloved, abused, written-off, – the helpless, the hopeless, the angry the addicted, the excluded and the imprisoned.
Help. Get me out of here!
Why do we care about the ‘one’s’ – because this is Gram’s story.
He often tells a story to the hurting and struggling ‘one’s’ he meets.
It goes something like this: “There was an unfortunate individual who was travelling along the road who suddenly falls into a deep hole. There seemed to be no way out! A rich man passes by the hole and hears a cry for help. ‘Please help me get out!’ The rich man pulls a wad of notes from his pocket and tosses them into the hole and says, “Here’s some money to help you”, and then walks away. Sometime later a university professor walks by and he also hears the cry for help. He peers deep down into the hole and says, “I’ve done some research on the theory of escaping from holes and happen to have a copy of the report with me. Here you go, have a read through.”
He drops it down the hole. “I’m sure it will help,” and carries on his way.
Gram walks past and hears the same desperate pleas for help. Gram says don’t worry, I can help you and jumps in. He talks to the the trapped and weary victim face to face and says,’ I’ve been in a hole as deep as this and I got out. Let’s get moving!
At Sowing Seeds we are not particularly focused on numbers but we are passionate about people – especially those who have been treated badly or who have made wrong life choices.