So much to learn.
I’ve been on a journey to learn how best to help the sisters and brothers in Christ that I’ve met over the last year and a half who live in Africa. I first met them online in the Daily Audio Bible Friends Facebook group… TENGUE Messan and his children at CUAED Togo Orphanage in the country of Togo, and Harriet Nannungi with her group of young widows in Kisubi, Uganda. We share so much in terms of heart values, desire to serve God, and openness to do what He is leading us to do.
As I’ve gotten to know TENGUE and Harriet, I’ve come to realize the richness of their culture and relationships in new ways. They are beyond wealthy in love and kindness as they give and receive it among their African friends and neighbors. Yet, simply by virtue of the place where they were born, they have far less than we in terms of material goods, and in their countries the systems are not in place to help them improve their situation. They are subject to less availability of quality resources for good, sound Biblical teaching in their native languages or locations. They are wealthy in love and relationships… but they may lack a decent place to sleep and even food at times. This is heartbreaking to me, because I love them and their families and have come to regard them as close friends.
I’ve followed the leading of my Heavenly Father to become involved, and I’ve taken responsibility for leading others to be involved as well. Now, I need to continue to wisely direct the resources that have come our way, by God’s grace and through the generosity of people who also saw the need and opened their eyes to it, wanting to help.
I’ve been investigating what it takes to start a nonprofit organization, but feel nowhere near ready to embark upon the process. It is hugely time consuming and involves lots of hours of administrative work, which would continue well into the future should I choose this path. I need to hear clearly from the Lord about His will in this, because it is possible to continue helping without starting a nonprofit organization.
Yet, I continue to be drawn to the nonprofit sector and to learning more about it. I feel that I could possibly “belong” in the group of people who have sensed a mission above and beyond what is usually dictated by corporate profits, and who have acted upon their sense of calling and dedicated their lives and energy to pursue helping others.
I have three other organizations I’m now looking at as examples of what can be done and how to go about doing it. I’m having discussions. I’m reading books. I’m learning about African cultures and ways of understanding each other around cross-cultural barriers. I’m researching tax codes. It seems I always have to be about a big project – first, starting in 1997, it was giving birth to and raising four children (all boys). Then starting in 2007, it was how to best to educate them as their main teacher by homeschooling. Now, starting in 2017, it has been how to respond to His call to care for the poor and underprivileged and minister to these that God has placed in my life.
If you are of a mind to do so, would you remember me (and my husband Greg, who so faithfully provides for our family so that I have the freedom to do these other things) in your prayers, that God would continue to make Himself known to us, and guide and direct us in the paths He has planned for us to follow? I am a firm believer in Ephesians 2:10 – “For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” May we find this path and walk it faithfully, so that Jesus will accomplish His purposes through us….. that He might receive the praise and the glory for all that is done. I ask in Jesus’ Name…..
“Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ. For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. In love he predestined us to be adopted as his sons and daughters through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will — to the praise of his glorious grace, which he has freely given us in the One he loves. In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace that he lavished on us with all wisdom and understanding. And he made known to us the mystery of his will….” ~ Ephesians 1:3-10