Recently I fell victim to this emotion called ’empathy’ I am sure some of you are familiar with it. What a pain it is! (that is sarcasm, I really don’t mind having empathy but it is hard to relay sarcasm online) Anyway, I was scrolling down my Facebook feed and lo and behold I ran across this heartfelt plea for help.
I think that it literally jumped off of the computer screen and launched itself into my brain. Yes, that is how effective this was on me. God has this way of really tugging my heart strings when it comes to kids so this is right up my alley of topics to touch on.
There are children in the Democratic Republic of Congo who have been adopted well over a year and have not been issued exit permits to join their families in the United States. They are separated from the people who would walk through fire to give them an opportunity at a healthy, and happy childhood. I am positive that worldwide this is an issued, but the whole world doesn’t scroll down my facebook feed THANK GOODNESS!
So, if you clicked that link – you saw a letter that would auto-email to all pertinent forms of government outlets which I had no problem doing. I changed the wording a teensie bit but same message. And I actually got a response today. From my Texas Senator John Cornyn himself. Well actually his writing team because I am sure I am not even a blip on his world radar.
Here is what he had to say:
Let me summarize in case you got bored and started snoozing halfway through – I almost did…..even the second time that I read it….here it is – THEY ARE GONNA MAIL THE DRC A STINKIN’ LETTER. Gee Senator, thank you so much for taking the time out to write a letter to the DRC. I could have done that myself. But I was really hoping that maybe someone would get up from their desk….and go the extra mile to DO SOMETHING to help these kids out.
Am I going about this all wrong? Is it too much to think that we could actually send a person over to work out a way to get these kids home? I honestly don’t know anything about the workings of deals with other countries but it seems to me in my life that if I want something done, I have to get up physically and handle it myself, so I guess I just relay that onto the other areas in the world.
Well, if a letter gets it done I suppose in the end that is good…wonder how long mail takes to get to the DRC…..I wrote John Cornyn again asking for more specific details and to find out if a letter is really the best method….maybe his employees will mail me back today – that or tag me as spam….Ah well…
*Sidenote – this is NOT a platform for my saving the children of the world agenda but if you happened to drum up this *cough* empathy *cough* for these children’s plight you are welcome to fill out that form on the link to see if your local Senator will send the DRC a lovely letter as well! 🙂