The Whys?

I've been thinking a lot recently as to why I'm going back to China this summer. WHY? Why would I want to travel to a place nearly 10,000 kilometres away, give up a few weeks of my summer, reduce the chances of getting a summer job which will then mean I'm poor for the following year, sacrifice lots of money in saving up for it, forfeit a 'summer holiday'...... I could come up with hundreds of reasons not to go, and that's not even including basic safety reasons, like I'm going to CHINA, who knows what could happen! So WHY am I still going?

God calls each of us, commands each of us, to take care of the needy (James 1 : 27). He also tells us to care for children:
''Whoever embraces one of these children as I do embraces me, and far more than me—God who sent me." Mark 9:37 (The Message)
 It is clear throughout the bible that as Christians, we are expected to look after the poor, needy, fatherless, hopeless... But that doesn't mean we are all going to end up going to a distant land. God calls and commands us to do all sorts of things all the time, but that doesn't mean that we do them.

I believe that God has given me a passion for his children. He has been working on my heart the last few months and way before that without me fully realising. He has placed orphans on my heart. Earlier I was reading a book called 'No Longer a Slumdog' by Gospel For Asia (would totally recommend it), but it was talking about how we only have one life to live, and thats it's oh so short. There's so much that needs to be done. Thats how I feel about China, there are at least, and likely many more than half a million orphans in China. Somedays I feel overwhelmed by this figure, that I can barely making a dent into that by working with a handful of orphans. However, right now that figure doesn't seem so scary. It just makes me realise that I can have a purpose in life, a reason not to give up. Now that is a reason to return to China, in my opinion anyway.