Sunday, October 26, 2014

Overcoming Negativity: Day 25: Whatever is Admirable


Whatever is...admirable...think of such things (Phil 4:8)


Today's Challenge: Support someone who is admirable

According to the Oxford dictionary (the best one on the planet) the definition for admirable is this:
arousing or deserving respect and approval

Some of you may know how much I admire Katie Meyler (read Katie's blog here), a young American woman from my town who has lived in Liberia for the past six years. 

The picture below is of Katie with her neighbors. People who contracted ebola and beat it. In her own words from her blog, Racing Heart, Katie says this:
Francis, Prince, James, Miatta & their mom (my neighbors) all had #ebola and they all survived. This has never happened before. When I asked Dede, the mom, why, she said… “Because of the Grace & Power of God. She also said the quick ride with the MTM ambulance, the IV’s at the hospital, the vitamins & the care & prayers of MTM & friends made a difference. I’m so excited they all made it past all odds. Yes!!!

Katie started the More Than Me Foundation to help get young Liberian girls off the streets and into school. 

We complain that our meals are cold when we go out to dinner, or that we have "nothing to wear" when we look in our closets. These young girls are selling their bodies so that they can buy a glass of clean water. Some are as young as nine years old. Some of you reading this blog may have a daughter that age.

If that doesn't put things into perspective, maybe this will.

Katie lives in Monrovia, the capital of Liberia; specifically, in West Point. Not the same West Point that houses the United States Military Academy. West Point, one of the most densely populated slums in Liberia. 

Population of West Point: approximately 75,000
Number of public toilets: 4 (source)

More Than Me opened a school to educate these girls and to give them hope.But then ebola hit, the government quarantined the area and the schools were shut down. 


Undeterred, Katie partnered with the World Health Organization and Liberia's Ministry of Health, and transformed the More Than Me Academy into an observation/safe house for the orphans of ebola. Someone donated an ambulance. She opened her doors, her arms and her heart to those who would typically be shunned.
Francis, Prince, James, Miatta & their mom (my neighbors) all had #ebola and they all survived. This has never happened before. When I asked Dede, the mom, why, she said… “Because of the Grace & Power of God. She also said the quick ride with the MTM ambulance, the IV’s at the hospital, the vitamins & the care & prayers of MTM & friends made a difference. I’m so excited they all made it past all odds. Yes!!!
Katie Meyler and her ebola free neighbors
Taking it a step further, Katie is now looking at building an orphanage to house the children who have lost their families to ebola. She genuinely cares.

I knew this seemingly fearless young woman when she was a little girl. She was always smiling, always laughing, and always fighting for the underdog. She logged in more community service hours than probably anyone in the whole high school. I've always admired her spunk and her desire to be unique. But I never thought she would be so heroic. 

In my mind, Katie Meyler is a modern-day Mother Teresa. She's not afraid. She's informed, she's smart, she's compassionate; she is everything Jesus tells us to be. But the best part of it all? She's authentic. It's in her nature. She's not doing all of this for attention or accolades. She's doing it because these are her people and she loves them. Because it's right. And it's what they need.


What she is doing is admirable. I admire her.
And this is what I choose to focus on. Not how frightened I should be that I might contract ebola.

Paul tells us (in his letter to the Philippians) to think on these things...what is true, noble, right, pure, lovely and admirable. When we set our minds on these things, we can't help but eliminate the negative thinking in our lives.

If you would like to know more, or help defray the costs of fighting ebola in Liberia, visit Katie's blog, Racing Heart or the More Than Me website. 

Also, check out these interviews with Katie:
NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams and Anne Thompson
CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley
Vogue

Blessings Along the Path,









Song of the Day: For the children around who are without a home; say a prayer tonight
Cry Out to Jesus (Third Day)

Sharing with Janis at Sunday Stilness, Naomi at Mondays Musings, Donna at Soul Survivor , Joan at Sharing His Beauty, and Kathy at All Things Bright and Beautiful, Rosilind at A Little R&R Wednesday, Laura at Playdates With God

10 comments:

  1. Hi
    Thanks for linking to Sunday Stillness. Great story of following God's leading - totally. Prayers said for Katie.
    Blessings,
    Janis

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  2. Wow, thank you so much for sharing this!

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    1. Thank you, Janice for taking the time to read it. I enjoyed your post as well.

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  3. Thank you for the update. We have followed Katie's story for some time and a thrilled to see she goes on loving on people no matter what!

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  4. What an amazing story of self-sacrificing love! Thanks for sharing it with us, and thanks so much for visiting and commenting on Saved by Grace! Your blog is a blessing and I am now following it, and I invite you to follow Saved by Grace also:
    http://savedbygracebiblestudy.blogspot.com/
    Love in Him,
    Laurie Collett

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  5. Wow, thank you Laurie, for your wonderfully kind words, and for following! I enjoy your blog as well.

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  6. Mary this is such a wonderful post. What a heart to serve and such courage. Oh God let us live in abandonment to where ever you place us. Thank you for sending this to me. Blessings! Cathy

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  7. This is amazing!! Thank you so much for taking the time to share.

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  8. Great reminder to share in a time when fear can rob us of the simplicity of believing that God is fully in control. I am inspired by your friend's story, as well as the joy that her friends beat Ebola.
    Blessings,
    Dawn

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