Good News To The Poor
The repeated "brother" instantly told me the call was from Sammy Nyaranga, a professor at the Baptist Seminary in Nairobi and the lead pastor of the Karen Baptist Church of Webuye.
"Pastor, Dave, I'm traveling to Uganda and several other sub-Saharan African countries." Sammy poured out enthusiasm as he shared about the multi-country pastor's conference he is seeking to generate to reach beyond Kenya, an opportunity for pastors to be equipped to not only preach the Bible but to embody in their lives what it says. I assured Sammy that we would be praying about both my return trip to Kenya and the funds for it, as well as the larger pastor's conference he is passionate to bring about.
Then, before we signed off, Sammy added this,
"Also pray with me, Dave, for God's financial providence. I think I shared with you that I lost two sisters. They left behind 5 orphans who are now under my care. Pray that God will provide the money needed for fees so that my oldest niece can begin high school."
Faced with Sammy's need, I was reminded of our devos from Luke. We saw Jesus begin His Galilean ministry of public preaching and healing. Then in Luke 4:16-30 Dr. Luke takes us right into one of Jesus' synagogue meetings. In fact it's the meeting that took place in Nazareth, Jesus' hometown. Jesus stands, rolls the scroll to the Prophet Isaiah, and reads this passage that deals with those in need.
"'The Spirit of the LORD is upon me, because He has anointed Me to proclaim good news to the poor. He sent Me to proclaim pardon to the captives and recovery of sight to blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed, to proclaim the year of the Lord's favor.' And He rolled up the scroll, gave it back to the attendant, and sat down. The eyes of everyone in the synagogue were fixed on Him. Then He began and said to them, 'Today this Scripture is being fulfilled in your hearing.' Everyone was speaking well about Him and they marveled over the words of grace that came from His mouth.'" - Luke 4:18-22
In tomorrow's devo we will discover that things turned sour quickly in this meeting, but today I'm struck by my Savior's passion to proclaim "good news to the poor." My brother Sammy is rich in the LORD, but when I ate supper in his home there was no electricity in his sod house. His home in Nairobi is nicer, but I know it's stretching his budget to care for his five nieces. We have an opportunity with Jesus to set Pastor Sammy free from this burden.
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