Monday Ministerial Musings
By Rev. Mark William Ennis
2022 Blog #10
March 14, 2022
Rescue Buses in Ukraine
I don’t travel on buses very much but in my younger years I did. I took city buses every day in high school. I remember a bus ride when I was very young. It might have been my first bus ride. I was fascinated by the machine that collected the coins. The coins were separated by going down through different sized holes before going down to be inserted into a change holder. I dreamed of owning a bus and have everyone giving me coins. Later that week I took a glass jar and sat outside my house. I waited for people to walk by and put coins into the jar. Sadly, no coins were ever contributed.
I remember waiting for buses to get to high school. Every moment of waiting seemed like a year. This was especially true when it was raining or snowing, and twice as true when there was a strong wind. We watched up the street hoping for a glimpse of the bus as our bodies shivered and our hands were in our pockets fidgeting with our bus coins in our pockets. Of course, when the bus finally came and we could step out of the cold and into the warmth of a heated bus, it felt like paradise.
Recently I heard of an organization who shares my childhood dreams about buses. This organization is Life2Orphans when I first heard of them, they were hoping to obtain buses to evacuate orphans from various orphanages that are in danger from the rockets of the Russian army. They are dreaming of owning buses and are anxiously waiting for them to arrive. With the acquisition of buses, orphans can be evacuated from danger. This assumes that evacuation routes continue to be open and safe for those fleeing from danger.
Recently I gave a personal contribution to this cause. This money, which is discretionary for me, and really I would not ever miss, might well have been a matter of life and death to these orphans. I am glad that I contributed toward this worthy cause. Shortly after making the contribution I received word that two buses had been obtained and the buses had been filled and are rolling toward a safe place. I do worry about the safety of any of these evacuation routes. Are they really safe? I pray so, but one never knows where Putin’s missiles will fall.
Perhaps lives will be saved by our efforts. I can only pray that the contributions that I and others have made will truly save children’s lives. I remember the words of the character Itzhak Stern to Oscar Schindler in Schindler’s List, “Whoever saves one life saves the world entire.”
To contribute to this orphanage please go to this website: https://www.life2orphans.org/
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#Peace # Conflict
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