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Why don’t these white guys worship Jesus? #shiftingCulture

Heard the story this morning of an army officer from a western country based in Africa. This guy is a committed follower of Jesus and, having no chaplain, offers a Christian meeting each week for the soldiers in his organization. First two sessions, no one showed out of 180 persons. No one.  In fact, he is made fun of quietly. Some African contractors from Kenya asked why…

Why do these white guys, who first told us about Jesus long ago, no long worship Him?

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South Africa

Sights from Mossell Bay and enirons:

 

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The city of Mossel Bay from across the bay where the Hartenbos river flows into the Indian Ocean. I saw this on my walks.

 

sunset on the Hartenbos

The Hartenbos river at sunset at the end of a great conversation about being a learner of Jesus (disciple).

 

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After church we went to a preserve so I could send this picture of me and a giraffe to my grandson.

 

The visit way south was amazing. Great conversations with long time friends and partners, blessed ministry in church and good rest.

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after suffering…

Then they left the presence of the council, rejoicing that they were counted worthy to suffer dishonor for the name. (‭Acts‬ ‭5‬:‭41‬ ESV)

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thoughts on being adopted

During this trip to Africa to visit ministry partners, I visited friends who traveled to a foreign country to adopt kids. When I met their kids, I experienced that they were funny and fun to be around, I love their laughs! And based on the kids pre-adoption history, that could very well not have been the case. Thanks be to God for this family. But due to some governmental issues beyond their control they are not able to leave the children’s birth country and go home to the parent’s home country. (Their identity and location are withheld for their well being and to prevent complications.)

While I was there I gained a fresh reminder of how much God loves us and the sacrifice He was willing to make so that he could adopt us.

See, these friends left the West and moved to Africa to take custody of the kids while the adoption process was completed. They got their kids out of the orphanage and set up housekeeping and began the process of becoming the mom and dad for two little ones who had been shuffled from one place to another for most of the young lives. This process has a lot of pitfalls and risks, lots of rules and paperwork and on many occasions requires enormous faith. After lots of meetings, check ups, paperwork and such, the kids became theirs. The kids had passports issued from the parent’s home country, funds were available to get on a plane and fly home. But the children’s home country, like many countries around the world, halted the departure for all children being adopted to Western countries. 

The family was… stuck. 

They are not alone. Many governments,  from all over the world, including Russia and China, are putting tall roadblocks in the path of Westerners who want and are willing and able to meet the huge criteria to adopt. So my friends live in Africa, with their kids, waiting to leave and following up on every hint of hope of a way to get out. It is an incredibly hard life both from the aspect of waiting and living life in a desperately poor country.

But I’m not really writing about them, I’m writing of how they have reminded me of how much my Heavenly Father loved us. So much so that he sent His only begotten Son. He was willing to pay a great price and undergo incredible suffering so as to adopt us. He chose us and brought us to Himself. If you’re a follower of Jesus, you cost Him an amazing price.

What I I’ve learned from my friends is that their love for their kids is greater than the suffering they are enduring. Jesus’ love for you is greater than the suffering that He was willing to endure for you. What an incredible thing to consider. To step down into poverty, into oppression – voluntarily – because He came to pay the price that we may be adopted.

In love he predestined us for adoption as sons through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of his will, to the praise of his glorious grace, with which he has blessed us in the Beloved. (Ephesians 1:4-6 ESV)

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the promise

For the promise is for you and for your children and for all who are far off, everyone whom the Lord our God calls to himself.” (‭Acts‬ ‭2‬:‭39‬ ESV)

For those following my current trip, the plan-pray-praise chart has been updated… CLICK HERE

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An enlightening day in the D R Congo

I was blessed to be taken by car to the outskirts of the city, which took us down dirt roads that had pot holes as wide as the road itself and filled with more than a foot of water, to a monkey preserve today which is on about 40 acres of preserved rain forest that looks like this… 

and this…

and this…
 
which has been preserved over the last 21 years to provide a habitat for these guys…

 
The last bit of road on our 1.5 hour journey had washed out so we had to ride the last couple of miles on the back of motor bikes which serve as the cheapest form of taxis here.

On the way back in the rain, our “moto,” as they are called here, dropped us off and we walked a half mile down a railroad track, I looked like this…

  
As we rode, I heard the story of a 4th generation pioneer missionary who goes 8 hours by car to the interior of the country where the roads end and then takes a “moto” into the rain forest. Because I heard that story while riding on the back of a “moto” it was more meaningful to me. My colleague teaches the missionary’s son and that’s how this kid spent his spring break.

We came back to the city to grab a shower and dry clothes and were pleasantly surprised that – surprise – the electricity was on! It’s usually only on from 10ish pm until 6-7 am and people have these complicated check lists to follow when the power comes on. 

Today I saw God’s creation in some of its most pristine beauty. Tonight I attended a Bible study that my colleague taught that focused on our King and High Priest, Jesus. At which there were folks from Norway, Scotland, The Phillipines, England and us, it was great to pray for Nepal and other needs with these kingdom minded disciples who for various reasons are  gathered in this interesting country. A country for which, by the way, rules one and two were written. 

Because those travel rules are so drilled in my head, I’m blessed to be having a great experience because I don’t expect the roads to hold up in the rainy season and the fact that riding on the back of a “moto” is not better, it’s not worse, it’s just different. But on the interesting city streets of Kinshasa, I’m sticking with cars.

Now, if I could just beat jet lag and get to sleep.

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