Wednesday, August 28, 2013

“God helps those who help themselves, and so do I.” ― Me

I have written earlier about the village of Kabasa and how Karen and I helped buy the cement that allowed them to build a three-room school there.  Also, how we had a sanitation and hygiene seminar that led to the establishment of a small, new Methodist church there.  The church met in an abandoned building, but gold mining needs drove them out of where the church was meeting.  They made bricks of mud, dried them in the sun, and built a church with a them.  Not a big church, but a church nonetheless, where they are meeting to this day.  They did not have money for a roof, and as it was a small church, I gave them enough money to thatch the roof.  They were clever, though, and realized that they could have two-thirds of the roof covered in metal with only one third thatched for the same amount of money so that is what they did.  I love helping people like this who get their hands dirty and do what it takes to get what they want for their church and their people.  You can see in the picture at the right where the metal roof ends and the thatch begins.  You can also see how they decorate the church with flowers every Sunday, and if you look closely, you can see me inside the church through the window.  This village is just about 30 kilometers from here down a dirt road, but it is one of my favorites because they all work together and ask for help only when they have done all they could do.  Most of our churches are like this and it's what keeps us going.  We are working "with" these people and not "for" them.  It's a wonderful distinction.

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