I have absolutely no doubt in my mind that all of us on this great continent has been placed here to plot random acts of goodness wherever we put our feet.   Our lifestyle changed because of this – we are like spies constantly on the lookout for areas where we can plot goodness.  Saying this …. doesn’t mean it is always possible or easy.  Or like a lady that confronted me a while ago when she said:  “It must make you feel good to help others!  It puts you in a commanding position with the people.”  The words shocked me at first – and I pondered on the question why we actually help others.

But the truth is ….we all carry a great responsibility to not just help the poor but to bring hope and Christ’s love through our actions.  I simply can not overlook Isaiah 58: 10-11 when it says in the Scriptures:

“Feed the hungry!  Help those in trouble!  Then your light will shine out from darkness, and the darkness around you shall be as bright as day.  And the Lord will guide you continually, and satisfy you with all good things, and keep you healthy too;  and you will be like a well-watered garden, like an ever-flowing spring.”

It is not necessary to be a wealthy philanthropist of a full-time volunteer to make a meaningful contribution.  Rather we should give generously of whatever wealth and abilities we have, no matter how small the amount.  Each of us has something to give.  Some have wealth, some have talents, some have time.  Whatever gifts we have been given – large or small – we should share generously.  When we do, we make the world better for someone else and find true meaning and satisfaction in our own lives.

This happened to us a week ago when we heard someone was suffering.  They never asked for helped but we kept our ears opened and allowed God to bless a family that was hungry.  And by the way …. many hugs to every single one of you who are helping and plotting goodness with us to the poorest of the poor.  Here are some of the joys:

Selita is a leader in the women’s ministry and the family went through a very difficult time.  Alta decided to share a bag of maize with the family.  Selita’s husband came to help immediately and the joy was contagious as they asked God silently for help.

The whole family came to share in the joy and God’s answer!  They were truly waiting for GOD to come ……. and he uses people in the process.
Family life ….!  Maize being pounded the traditional way to make maize flour so it can be consumed as a porridge.  Children watching mom!
And this is what I love the most about Africa – the whole family gets involved in the daily house chores!  Every little bit helps … this girl got her own container to help to grind the maize.
Like mom …. like daughter.  Following in the footsteps of her mom – providing food for the family.
Love so amazing.  This touched our hearts deeply.  When a lady from the Women’s Ministry was to sick to prepare food these ladies from the Simukai Women’s Ministry came to help.  Carrying wood to make fire and help preparing food.  Selfless service …. servants of God himself!

Very busy … no time for a conversation!

Greater things are yet to come and greater things are still to be done all around us!