Wednesday 28 January 2015

Some days I wonder why I do it...

Blogging on location in Belarus in 2012

Just recently I've been thinking about blogging a lot and wondering why I still do it. Seven years is a long time.

And I ponder, is it the best use of my time?

Should I be doing something else?

Focusing on finding paid work or my voluntary work?

Focusing on my family?

Nurturing my personal relationship with Jesus?

I honestly sit here and ponder and pray and feel like the end of the blogging road has come. I'm not getting the satisfaction nor the paid work that I was getting and is this an indication I should stop? or is it that I've been seeking the wrong things from blogging just recently?

I had no answers and I was just leaving the conundrum hanging and seeing what God revealed to me.

Then today, BAM.

I remember why I do this, why it is important.

It is because I'm part of something bigger. I am one small voice is a sea of small voices and when we all call together it becomes a mighty crashing wave that forces positive change and promotes equality for the worlds poorest, people like this little beauty I met in Ethiopia in 2012.

I can't give up. People are too important for me to give up on them. I can't do much alone but with all of you I can help to make a difference and we can be heard and lives can be saved.

This is why I blog nowadays. I blog because I can, because I'm in a privileged position to have a prominent voice. I am blessed to have the time and resources to do it and therefore I must.

Today at the GAVI (Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunisations) replenishment conference in Berlin just over $7.5 billion was pledged over the next 4 years to ensure that a further 300 million children in developing countries can be vaccinated against diseases like pneumonia, hepatitis B, diarrhoea and measles. These vaccinations are estimated to save 5-6 million lives in the next 5 years. That is a big number and I feel like a played a small part in making this happen. I know many of you did too, as my friends and readers engaged when I called on them whilst I was in Washington D.C. for the ONE Girls and Women #AYASummit last year.

I honestly can not express the gratitude I feel to all the people who did not give up and kept on pushing for this to happen. Thank you sincerely to every one of you.

Let's not give up, let's keep fighting together for a better world.

Your friend, Mich x

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