Saturday, May 29, 2010

The One Factor

My mother-in-law brought me a book this week from a fundraiser she went to (bless her heart) is called The One Factor by Doug Sauder.  I started it last night and read this in the opening:

"Every community has its problems.  Think about the biggest problem in your world.  Can it be solved?  Most of us balk at the notion because many problems intimidate us by their sheer enormity.  For the sake of this book, we will look at a huge problem that exists in every community -- orphaned children.  Stop for a minute and review the scale of the problem:

143 million orphans worldwide

514,000 "temporary orphans" in foster care in America

115,000 "legal orphans" waiting to be adopted in America

This is a mind-blowing, heartbreaking reality that many of you might not have been aware of.  Unfortunately, if you're like most of us, statistics like these rarely inspire action.  As sobering as they are, they are too overwhelming, too impersonal, too distant.  They may produce a twinge of guilt and maybe even provoke further research, but they rarely lead to action.  Usually it is the one factor that gets us involved."

I can't wait to read the rest of the book and see what he has to share about how individuals have made big differences by simply acting in love towards those God has put in their path.  I often wear a little starfish pendant around my neck as my personal reminder of the "one factor" my ole Starfish post to see what I mean. 

"If you think you are too small to make a difference, you have never spent the night with a mosquito." - saying in Kenya (another quote from The One Factor)


  1. I love this!! I think I need to find that book. Let me know what you think of it post read. Great quotes!! Love you friend!!

  2. I cant wait to read more of the parts you share with us. I may try to find it before we fly.