READ: Deuteronomy 26: 12-13
“When you have finished paying all the tithe of your increase in the third year the year of tithing, then you shall give it to the Levite, to the stranger, to the orphan and to the widow that they may eat in their towns and be satisfied. And you shall say before the lord your God ‘I have removed the sacred portion from my house and also given it to the Levite and the alien ,the orphan and the widow according to all thy commandments which thou hast commanded me .I have not transgressed or forgotten any of thy commandment.”
Occasionally I reflect on my Christian walk and journey. It has been so amazing how for the last thirteen years God sent people into my life. He made their lines and mine to cross. These Christian friends showed me favors; trust, appreciation and understanding .They provide me with food, shelter and clothes. When I was a stranger in the states in 2001 they accepted me into their homes, supported me by financing my theological education in Atlantic Southern College and Erskine Theological Seminary and above all provided for my family in Kenya; praying for them and meeting their basic needs.
Upon returning to Kenya they teamed up with others from many parts of the state to sponsor hundreds of orphaned and destitute kids in Kenya as well as the sick and the disfranchised. The enemy (the devil) had a plot to destroy me with lack of sufficient capacity to serve the Lord by limited education, lack of basic needs of life, lack of exposure and Ignorant but that plot turned against him. The lord not only rescued me from that calamity and predicaments but has also rescued hundreds of orphaned and destitute kids in Kenya.
The lord has done this through a host of friends from KCK members from the states, Kenya and other parts of the world. The forty two years of my life in Kenya was a nightmare full of fear, uncertainty hopelessness. I thank God that those years were turned around for good.
In Deuteronomy 15:7-8; 26:12-13 talks of Purim. Purim is a day to celebrate the death of Harman and Deliverance of the Jews. Today that day is celebrated as the day of charity or a day of giving to the poor.
I have witnessed the Mars Hill Presbyterian Church in Georgia and the KCK team and member churches from all over the states sponsor and provide to the needs of thousands of children in Kenya for the last 13 years. Hundreds of children are sponsored with $30 per month to subsidize for their basic needs of life, like food, clothes, medication and school levies for their education.
As a result many of those kids are in middle school, others are in high school and are looking forward to joining college to pursue their careers and dream in life. The team has helped in the construction building children homes which provide shelter for 28 Orphaned children aged between 3-14 years. This generosity and kindness to the poor has challenged the church and the people of Kenya to follow suit in providing the needy and doing a ministry to the poor. It has opened the eyes of many churches in Kenya to venture into the lost art of ministry to the poor and needy in the country.
As I meditated on the scripture in Deuteronomy 15:7-8; 26:1-3 I remembered how I benefited from the generosity of my friends in the states and in Kenya. I had visited the states as a stranger not knowing what plans the lord had in store for my life. Even after running out of money and losing my bus ticket in Newyork down town the Lord not only provided for me through the five years I lived in the states, but even after returning to Kenya the Lord has not only provided for me but also for many orphaned kids, the sick and the widow through people of whom I do not know personally. It is so humbling to witness this kind of provision daily.
Since we have been liberated from sin by Christ, let us show generosity to the needy among us. The lord is calling you and me to be benevolent to the poor. It is your responsibility and my responsibility.
Christ demonstrated charity by giving himself us a gift of himself. He has brought us and hence We do not belong to ourselves.
Prayer-Lord help us to serve you with our lives and the resources, you have given. Amen