I woke up this morning, Saw a world full of trouble now, Thought, how’d we ever get so far down, How’s it ever gonna turn around, So I turned my eyes to Heaven, I thought, “God, why don’t You do something?” Well, I just couldn’t bear the thought of, People living in poverty, Children sold into slavery, The thought disgusted me, So, I shook my fist at Heaven, Said, “God, why don’t You do something?” He said, “I did, I created you” If not us, then who, If not me and you, Right now, it’s time for us to do something!
“Do Something,” the song written and performed by Matthew West was inspired by the real-life story of a Andrea, a former University of Colorado student who went to Uganda for a semester to study micro-financing. While there, she happened upon an orphanage where the conditions were deplorable. The children were being badly neglected and even abused. Her heart so broke for these children, who had no advocate, that she announced to her parents at the end of the semester that she was not coming home. She refused to leave until something was done to improve conditions for the orphans. She decided that she needed to “Do Something!” By sheer determination, Andrea, with the assistance of her sister, convinced the Ugandan government to shut down the orphanage. This left about 40 orphans with no place to go, and the government handed their fate over to Andrea. Andrea in turn took her need and vision back to the states which led to the creation of of a new orphanage where children could grow and learn in a safe environment. Today, “Musana,” which means “sunshine,” is a thriving orphanage in Uganda that houses over 100 children who now have potentially bright futures.
West also drew inspiration from Matthew 25:40 (NIV) when he wrote his song: The King will reply, "Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for Me." There are many ways that we can “Do Something.” One way is to help area residents with some of their basic needs. You can do that by contributing to the “Souper Bowl of Caring” campaign. Please bring food donations to the collection bins at the church by February 5th.