A long and dangerous journey

A long and dangerous journey

Getting to school can sometimes be a rather frustrating experience for a whole host of reasons.

Whoever drives you is never on time or you have to walk a distance that’s less than convenient or you’d consider yourself a quiet person and the other people on the bus are always rowdy. Whatever the reason, allow us to show you a new way to look at your grueling journeys to school.

Take a look at these photos of school kids in Indonesia. Believe it or not, they’re on their way to school too! These guys have huge obstacles to overcome just to make it into the classroom and they often put themselves in danger doing so – the boy on the right is scaling a tightrope 30 feet above a river!

Boat to school in Indonesia

Rope bridge to school in Indonesia

Canoe to school in Indonesia

It could be quite easy to assume that these kids don’t mind their arduous journey as it may be all they’ve ever known, but imagine if you switched places with one of these guys knowing it’s far easier where you come from. You often hear people, who having visited developing countries, say things like ‘I’ll never take running water for granted ever again’. Will it take a trip to a needy nation to cause you to say something similar?

1 Thessalonians 5:18 says

“Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you”.

God wants us to be thankful to him for everything and He loves it when we’re truly thankful! It shouldn’t take a trip a to developing country to cause us to be grateful! Getting to school could be harder, right? Being thankful to God may require just thinking more simply. Thinking beyond what happens on the bus and being thankful for the bus itself!

MAF work in Indonesia and PNG where kids continue to struggle in simply getting to school. We’re dedicated to helping these wonderful young people achieve their learning through schooling and we hope to inspire you through this work. Next time you’ re off to school, thank God for your car, the bus or the flat pavement. It could be a whole lot harder!

Learn more about our work in PNG! 

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