When Does A shock save


But whoever has worldly goods and sees his brother or sister in need, and closes his heart against him, how does the love of God remain in him. 1 John 3:17

what is culture shock?


Getting shocked hurts. Shock is usually thought of as a jolt of electricity shooting through one’s body leaving them stunned. When strong enough its extremely dangerous. Every time I go to Africa, I think about culture shock in those terms. 


What exactly is culture shock? It is the natural reaction to a series of transitions that occur when we are uprooted from our cultural environment and transplanted into a new situation where the language, gestures, customs, signs, and symbols that have previously helped us to make sense of our surroundings suddenly have no meaning.

Tresor Yenyi

 In February, a long time friend of Impact Church, Tresor Yenyi of Mwangaza International, came to share about his ministry in one of the poorest places on the planet. That is not an exaggeration. Impact raised a few dollars shy of $10,000 for the ministry. On May 23rd four men from Impact: myself (James Shuler), Jim Shuler, Brian Decker and Elijah Maskrod left Springfield Branson airport to begin a journey to join Tresor in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). As we visited a Hope Center in Kinkole, an impoverished community in Kinshasa, DRC I was astounded by the amount of poverty. The infant death rate is incredibly high. Families get up before dawn sending children out with empty buckets to scavenge enough water to survive the day. Children looking for water are vulnerable to being kidnapped into child slavery rings. Kids are abandoned by families too poor to provide for them. Most families live on less than $.10 (that’s right ten cents) a day.

not all shocks are bad

Electric shocks are viewed as negative, but on my way to the Hope Center today I started thinking about it entirely differently. If your heart has stopped beating, the right dose of electric voltage to the heart can save your life. Driving through the slums of the DRC, I began asking if culture shock could have the same effect on one’s spiritual heart - our soul?


1 John 3:17 reads, ‘But whoever has worldly goods and sees his brother or sister in need, and closes his heart against him, how does the love of God remain in him?’ There is a Greek word in 1 John 3:17, ‘splagchnon’ translated heart. Its definition is, ‘the inward parts; the heart, affections, seat of the feelings and emotions. 

Let your heart be shocked

The book of John was a little letter written to a church so that they could have certainty they were genuine believers. The heart's internal evidence, he explains, is that it is moved by a person's condition. A person filled with the Holy Spirit keeps a soft heart. They don’t shut it off to the pain of others in need. They feel compassion. They validate and recognize other’s hurt. They feel pity of others situation. This is what God uses to ‘move’ us to action. Thank you, Impact Church for giving to those in need. I hope you’ll allow the pictures to shock your heart to spiritual life where it’s grown closed.