Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Why do I keep going to Africa each year?

I have been going to Africa for at least the last 15 years, maybe more—mainly to Kenya, Uganda and Rwanda—where I have had the privilege of teaching women. My pastor always seems amazed that I'm willing to keep going, as though it's some great sacrifice on my part. But nothing could be further from the truth. I receive a greater blessing than I give, for sure.

I love teaching the African women because they are so hungry for practical biblical teaching, helping them learn how to truly live out the gospel in their everyday lives, explaining biblical truth. There's no greater privilege or satisfaction for me than that. But I also love to go because it has given me a worldview that has changed me.

This year we visited two homes of women who live such simple lives, having almost nothing of this world's goods. Yet their lives have been changed by their participation in the Tabitha Bible studies in that area of Kenya, and they are so thankful to have a Bible study to attend each week.

I received an email when we returned from the leader of Tabitha and she said that one of the leaders told her, "We were thirsty and just got a few drops of water. We want much more." They are hoping I will return next July, and by God's grace, I will. That's why I keep going to Africa.

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