Mother Teresa once said “I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the waters to create many ripples.” As Mother Teresa proved with her devoted life, a person may not have the power to change the world, but they can make a difference and by doing so, set an example others. While I am by no means a Mother Teresa (I can only aspire to be a fraction of the woman she was) I do hope that I may lead by example and provide opportunities for others to do the same. After a recent trip to Ethiopia, I was moved by once again seeing up close the poverty that exists in countries outside our own. It got me thinking, so few people see this poverty firsthand. I wonder if face to face with the desperation so many people in our world experience… would more Americans act? We live in a country, granted with problems of our own, that provides us with freedoms and opportunities that many people around the globe never even dream of. As Americans, we are certainly blessed with what we have. It is not something to feel guilty about, but rather it should give us a sense of global responsiblity. Being an American is something that many of us did nothing to earn. My personal goal is to always keep a global perspective, and to encourage others to do the same.
About me: My name is Kate Blair and I am a 29 year old sales coordinator in Savannah, Georgia orginally from the very cold place of Cleveland, Ohio. (I get chills just thinking about it!) I work in an insurance office during the day but my heart (and usually my mind) is in Africa. My son, Teketel, was adopted from Ethiopia in 2008. Adopting him was my first time in Africa, but ever since, I’ve been hooked. The needs in most countries in Africa and other developing countries across the world are so great and I feel a great responsibility as an American, adoptive mother, and Christian to not turn a blind eye to those needs, but find a way to do something about them. F