In Iron Man 2, Stark declared that he has done the world a big favor: "I have successfully privatized world peace!" He (Iron Man) single handedly made the world a safer place.
I wish life were that simple. It would be incredible if one creative and benevolent individual would eradicate world hunger and poverty, while at the same time introduce lasting peace, joy and mercy.
Come to think of it, there was one teacher who started a movement a little over 2000 years ago in a dusty Middle Eastern town. He taught his followers radical ideas on loving God and their neighbors. He, too, proclaimed something absurd just like Stark that eventually got him executed: "I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me."
Despite the fact that this teacher named Jesus of Nazareth never went beyond the physical boundaries of His country, His teachings and influence has no borders. His teachings of love and mercy have influenced more people than we can count, including the men and women on the world's largest non-governmental hospital ship, the Africa Mercy. As followers of Jesus Christ, we are commissioned to care for and love the poor, orphans and widows.
Currently in Togo, Africa, the Mercy Ships® team follows the example of Jesus to bring hope and healing to the poor by mobilizing people and resources worldwide. The founder of Mercy Ships®, Don Stephens, daily shares with us an inspirational message of a hope and mercy in "The Mercy Minute®." Thank you for partnering with Don by sharing this wonderful message with your listeners.
Next year, the impoverished nation of Sierra Leone will experience the healing touch of Mercy Ships® for the fourth time. Thanks to the incredible team work by the doctors, nurses, technicians, cooks, engineers, crew members and other volunteers, there is no need for Iron Man. The body of Christ represented in these men and women is far more powerful and I'm sure will have a longer lasting imprint on the hearts of the people than Iron Man could ever make!
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