Every now and then, I meet seemingly ordinary people who are doing genuinely amazing things with their lives.

This week, I had the privilege of meeting Natalie and Warwick, the sister and brother-in-law of a good friend of mine.  I had heard a lot about them and it was terrific to meet them for the first time and hear their story in person.

After studying agriculture in a nice Melbourne university, Natalie and Warwick weren’t sure about what to do with their lives.

After trying a few things, they felt called and compelled to go to the African nation of Niger.

Niger is one of the poorest countries in the world.  80% of the land is desert and it has the highest birth rate in the world.

The country has been ravaged by poor land management for generations and these guys have been able to utilise their training and expertise to teach local people more sustainable farming techniques, better ways of looking after the land and how to re-forest areas to claim back the desert.

With a family of four beautiful young children in tow, they aren’t just changing lives, they are saving them.  They are giving sustenance farmers the opportunity to dramatically increase yields and survive the inevitable drought periods that will come when living in such a hostile environment.

And as passionate Christians, living in a country that is 80% Muslim, they are also doing so at considerable risk to their own (and their children’s) safety.

But they don’t see any of this as remarkable.

According to Natalie and Warwick, they are just doing the most with what they’ve got.

Instead of squandering their skills doing meaningless, trivial, mundane, routine tasks, they are living an extraordinary adventure, making the world a better place and giving genuine hope to the poorest of the poor.

To be honest, I felt a bit frivolous in their presence.

In a good way.

It caused me to question whether or not I am truly doing the most with what I’ve got.

It made me resolve to further develop my skills and utilise them in meaningful ways.

It encouraged me to never give up on my goals to make the world a better place.

God bless you Natalie and Warwick.  We’ll be praying for you and your children as you return to the great nation of Niger.

And we’ll be doing the most with what we’ve got here as well.

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