We concluded our Webuye Truth Encounter Leadership Conference. Bishop Zach grabbed my computer bag and we headed for the pastor’s study where a table was soon filled with brown and white rice, a couple bowls of chicken, another bowl with small chunks of beef, and of course, two more bowls filled with chapatti and ugale. The four bishops and pastors gathered around the table ate heartily but hardly made a dent in the rice.
“Zach, what about the leftovers?”
“They’ll let the church members take them home so they can feed their families, and if there is anything left after that, they will take it to the homes around this area. Not a scrap will be thrown away.“
In Webuye no one needs to diet. Hunger is a normal part of life. Why? Because those in power possess the best land, have plenty of food, and a lot more. The rich get richer and the poor get poorer. The tribe in power uses their governmental positions to increase their wealth. If another tribe muscles themselves into power, they’ll do the same. Greed is powerful, and the result is that many go hungry. And greed is hardly confined to Kenya.
Jesus, the One who will judge all injustice and abuse of power at the culmination of history, warns against the stupidity of greed.
“An individual from the crowd said to Him, ‘Teacher, tell my brother to divide the inheritance with me.’ Jesus said to him, ‘Man, who made me a judge and arbitrator between you and your brother?’ Then He said, ‘Pay attention and guard against all kinds of greed, for one’s life is not in the abundance of his possessions.’
And He told them an illustrative story, ‘The land of a certain rich man yielded a bumper crop, and he dialogued with himself, ‘What shall I do seeing that I don’t have room to gather my yield. This is what I will do. I’ll tear down my present barns and building bigger ones, gather there all my grain and my goods.’ Then I will say to myself, ‘Self, you have a lot of good things stored up for many years. Eat, drink, and enjoy.’ But God said to him, ‘Fool, this night your soul is demanded from you. And all that you have stored up—whose will they be then?’ So it is with the one who stores up treasures for himself but is not rich toward God.’” - Luke 12:13-21
I want to thank each of you who were not like the fool in this story. You graciously gave so that we could provide meals for all the Kenyans who came to our four Truth Encounter Leadership Conferences. In the U.S. it’s just another meal. Here it’s a much-needed full meal that includes good meat and the special treat of a Coke. Making this investment in your brothers and sisters in Kenya increases your treasures in Heaven.
LORD, I’m especially thankful for the three Moslems that came to our conferences. Thanks for their openness to want to learn about what the Bible says about leadership. Keep speaking upon their hearts to bring them to Your Son.
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