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International Justice Mission's Gary Haugen challenges college students: 'What darkness needs is your light?'
As part of the Passion 2019 Conference, Gary Haugen, founder and CEO of the human rights organization International Justice Mission, empowered college students to fight the darkness and suffering prevalent around the world by assuring them that God can turn even the smallest light into a bonfire.
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Today, more than 20,000 children are going to die because their parents are too poor to keep them alive. Today, an average of 40,000 people will be forced to flee out of their homes due to violence and persecution. There are 100,000 children in America who are in the midst of a dangerous and scary foster care system — but no family will adopt them.
After presenting these statistics to thousands of college students gathered at the conference in Dallas, Texas, Haugen asked: “In a world of such darkness, of such suffering and hurt, what is God's plan for making it believable that He is a good God?”
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“You are that plan, and God doesn't have another plan,” Haugen continued, citing Matthew 5:16: “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in Heaven.”
Haugen admitted it’s overwhelming when we realize that God — the maker of the universe — has decided to “put His reputation on the line in the world today on whether or not His children manifest His love and goodness in the world.”
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But Satan wants us to feel anxious and inadequate, Haugen said, adding: “He likes us to feel totally overwhelmed by the darkness in the world and overwhelmed by how unqualified we are for this job.”
God doesn’t call us to “drive out all the darkness in the world,” Haugen explained — He simply asks us to “take our...
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