Africa. What an amazing place. I had been told by people that Africa "is hard to explain...you just have to go." Well, in October I realized what they were saying, and that they were right. Although I have not visited every continent, there is a grand uniqueness to Africa. It is majestic and mysterious. It is undeniably full of beauty and it is tragically full of brokenness. Some of you have lived there, were adopted from there, or visited there and know exactly what I am talking about.
As I mentioned on Sunday, two Sojourners (Austin Jenness and Ethan Morrical) are in Africa right now. They are there for different reasons and in different countries, but they are both there in an effort to help people.
Austin is in Namibia with the ministry that he works for Christ's Hope as they continue to work hard at caring for those affected by AIDS. This is the same ministry that I had the privilege of going to Africa with last October. I love what they are doing. They care so very well for both the body and the soul as they minister to orphans, widows and the sick. Please pray for effective ministry to continue and even grow stronger in the nations where they serve.
Ethan is in Kenya with a team from Munson Hospital to provide medical care. I spent some time in Kenya during my trip and saw the inside of a couple hospitals there...the conditions were beyond words. Although there are good hospitals and good doctors in Kenya, the average person does not have access to them. What they do have access to is usually unsanitary and mostly unhelpful. Please pray that God will enable Ethan and his team to help many Kenyans.
If you have been tracking the stories coming out of Africa over recent years then you know that God is at work there in some amazing ways. I was thankful for the opportunity to go and I am thankful that two Sojourners are on that continent making a difference right now.
As a church, we have been seeking partners that help us effectively plant churches, reach unreached people groups and minister to the disadvantaged (poor, sick, orphaned, widowed, immigrant, etc.). A couple years ago we partnered with Sojourn Network to help us plant churches in the US but we have continued looking for others...especially partners for international ministry.
I have great news: we believe, by God's grace, that we have found one and over the next couple Sundays we are going to be sharing with you a way that you can personally get involved in helping minister to those in great need on the great continent of Africa! Please start praying for a heart of both compassion and action.
See you Sunday!