We Are Better Together


By Mike Cunningham

“Each one of us can make a difference. Together we make change.”

-Barbara Mikulski

My wife and I recently adopted our son, Tiyamike, from the country of Malawi in southeast Africa. It’s called the Warm Heart of Africa and for good reason. It’s a beautiful country with beautiful people who love deeply, appreciate the small blessings in life and greatly value relationships to the point where everyone is family.

With family comes great love, joy and peace; however, it can also include miscommunication and misunderstanding. Learning how to love and communicate is hard enough when you speak the same language and are from the same culture. When you’re trying to integrate two cultures together, at times, it can get messy and it takes a lot of patience, commitment to one another, and leaning into conflict when necessary.

In our current cultural climate, we are forced by the powers that be to pick a side and then the expectation is for you to stay on your side, regardless of the situation, issue or social context. We have lost the arts of empathy, compassion and listening to understand another’s heart. We have replaced them with selfishness for our own agendas; greed to satisfy our insatiable desire for more and to numb our feelings of discontent; pain because we have been hurt and it’s easier to hurt back instead of seeking forgiveness; fear of what and who we don’t know.

We lack unity.

The apostle Paul gave a roadmap to help the church in Ephesus understand the importance of unity

“Always be humble and gentle. Be patient with each other, making allowance for each other’s faults because of your love. Make every effort to keep yourselves united in the Spirit, binding yourselves together with peace. For there is one body and one Spirit, just as you have been called to one glorious hope for the future.” Ephesians 4:2-4 NLT

We are better together. In the church. Outside of the church. Church and culture colliding. Different cultures learning to tango. When our hearts are bent towards what we can give and what we can learn from those who are different, that is a future full of hope.

The 30 Hour Famine has always been about bringing people together for a purpose. To be a blessing. To give. To Learn. To empathize. To see the common humanity we all share. To bring healing to brokenness. To bring hope for a better future. To create space where unity abounds.

We are better together!