Well here I am again writing from 35,000 feet, this time flying toward Malawi!
Each time I come to Africa, I learn something new. This week I have learned that the real business begins when the council meeting ends. The implementation of things discussed in a council meeting take flight as people gather in small unsolicited groups outside the council meeting.
This morning many from the council found themselves at the Nairobi airport waiting through numerous flight delays giving lots of opportunity for small group discussions. I am also learning the value of listening – listening allows you to learn. At one point during the conversation I asked the national leaders what they thought my role was as a global worker. I am grateful to a Malawian pastor who told me the following story.
He told of an incident that happened when he was twelve years old. He and some school mates were running a marathon at a school track meet. One of his friends began to run out of steam near the finish line and did not think he would be able to finish the race. His teacher saw him beginning to slow down and she came out of the stands and ran up to him from the sidelines. She patted him on the back as she ran alongside him and said “you can do it, you can finish because you have what it takes to make it to the finish line”. That day he finished the race and came in third because of the encouragement of his teacher.
Pastor Tom turned to me at the airport this morning and said Don that is why RTC is in Africa. You are here to encourage us to finish the race, to come alongside of us, put your arm around our shoulder and remind us that we have what it takes to finish the task! Words cannot express the impact of those words in my life this morning. I am not in Africa to tell pastors and church leaders how to do it, nor am I here because I think I am God’s gift to this Continent, I am here to run alongside the church and encourage them that they have what it takes to make it across the finish line!!!
To all of those who prayerfully and financially support RTC, I want to say thank you for giving MJ and I the opportunity to come alongside African leadership as a means of encouraging them to complete the work that God has started on this great Continent!
Until next time…
“Taking risks for Kingdom impact!”