Faith Leads the Way: Family Gives Up Life of Privilege in U.S. to Spread Hope in Haiti
Dallas Morning News, December 21, 2017 (online) and December 24, 2017 (print)
David Vanderpool was 15 when he first questioned his privileged childhood.
At the time, he was a student at St. Mark's School of Texas in Dallas. His father was a successful surgeon. The family lived in a beautiful home, drove the nicest cars and dined at the fanciest restaurants. They also traveled the world for mission trips.
Vanderpool found himself in Nazareth, Israel. He was talking with a local girl his age who'd taught herself English.
The girl asked Vanderpool what he wanted to be when he grew up. He shrugged. With his family's wealth, his opportunities were endless.
"I'll probably be a doctor," Vanderpool recalled saying. "What about you?"
The girl seemed offended. She was female, not to mention a Christian in an Arab land.
"I will carry water and have babies for the rest of my life."
Vanderpool was stunned. He felt embarrassed. Here was this intelligent girl who could've done anything with her life, but in the circumstances she was born into, she had no options.
Why was he the one with privilege?