I have been thinking quite a bit lately on the balance between "go into all the world" and "love your NEIGHBOR". More than once I have heard, in recent days, things like "we don't need to go around the world to care for the needy, because we have so much need here". I want to start a discussion on that topic, though I don't have many of the answers yet.
Why should we adopt kids from other countries when there are orphans here? Why should we go half way around the world to help widows when there are widows in our own neighborhoods? Why go to the Philippines to help street kids when there are street kids here? That list can go on for a long time.
Here are some things I want to stick into the hopper. Our example of ministry is Christ and did He only go to the people of His home town? Past that, did He go only to the people of His own nation? When He healed people did He heal only Jews? He could have healed any number of Jewish lepers but He chose Naaman the Syrian. He could have asked for water from any number of Jewish women, but He went to the woman from Sychar. Those are a couple of easy answers but I would like to hear your answers, from both sides.