Watching the Offering Plate
As I was preaching in the Karen Baptist Church of Webuye, Kenya, behind the platform where I was standing there was a rectangular area about 60 x 20 feet against the wall filled with rocks, and in the middle of the church above my head was open sky. The aluminum roof was unfinished.
At the end of the service Pastor Nyranga led in fervent prayer, “Lord, by Friday please fill in this roof so that the ten couples getting married won’t get wet if it rains along with their family and friends.”
In most churches in the U.S. a powerful business person could easily come up with the cash to buy a few pieces of metal sheeting, but in Webuye in 2009 over eight hundred of the city’s workers went to the Pan Paper Mills factory, the largest employer in town, and found the gates locked and no management in sight. The plant was closed and since then the town’s 30,000 residents have struggled. I wondered what we would do on Friday if it rained?
During the last week in Jerusalem, Jesus sat by the Temple offering receptacle people watching. A lot of wealthy folks came by and poured out their large contributions, but look who caught Jesus’ eye.
“Now Jesus was sitting opposite the contribution box for the temple treasury observing how the crowds cast their coins into the receptacle. Many wealthy folks came and cast large donations. But then a poor widow came and cast in two very small copper coins (two lepta) worth only a fraction of a penny (Greek: kodrantes).
Jesus called his disciples over and said, ‘Count on it! This poor widow has put more into the treasury than all the others. They all gave out of their abundance; but she gave out of her need. She threw in everything she needed to live on.’” Mark 12:41-44
On Friday, all ten couples did line up on a completed raised dirt platform topped off with a thin layer of cement, and when I looked up, the roof wasn’t completed with aluminum sheets, but the canvas would definitely work for that special day. But many of you prayed and it didn’t rain until the wedding celebration, that lasted from 11:00 AM to 6:00 PM, was completed.
LORD, thanks for the opportunity to see our brothers and sisters in Kenya pour themselves into doubling the size of their meeting area, completing the new platform, and making sure the roof was rain proof. Continue to use Truth Encounter to come alongside and help meet some of their needs.
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