Three Cups of Tea
Mortenson’s New York Times bestseller Three Cups of Tea challenged me in many different areas and gave me a different outlook on the way other countries deal with poverty. To me the most challenging thing to understand about the book is how someone like Mortenson can go from a mountaineer to being such a great humanitarian. God’s plan for Mortenson wasn’t to be a mountaineer at all; his plan for him was to do great things in impoverished countries. The way that he failed to climb K2 then randomly wandered into Pakistan is miraculous, something even more inspiring then that is that he stayed around long enough to be moved by the people and to see the real problems that were going on in this village. He was moved by the way that the kids were trying to teach themselves using twigs and stones to draw things in the dirt. The children wanted to learn but they didn’t have the resources or the missing links to do so. When this book came out it challenged people to help and to do something about what was going on in these countries and it also presented a way to end poverty. The idea was to educate the people then they could do things for themselves and eventually set up a system. For the people of the United States to donate money and to give there time and effort would be a huge help in the long run. It is an investment in a way because investing in education is one of the greatest investments there is.
To invest in something where you don’t know where the money is going to go or what is going to happen even if the money is put in the right place is a challenge. This book challenges me to be more open minded. In order to understand why this guy would want to help knowing good and well that it could be a waste of time and a waste of money you would have to look at it with an open mind. The challenge while reading this book is to put your faith in God and to try and understand that in all of these schools the right education is going... [continues]
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