Monday Musings 30/01/12
Try following a truck that is projecting a cloud of black smoke. Oh the relief when you finally get a chance to pass and see the road with clarity ahead of you!
One of the challenges of living on the Continent of Africa is seeing a problem but feeling somewhat powerless to fix it. One year after moving to Zambia, I still find myself driving along the road on a daily basis saying to myself, “I just don’t understand it”!
The pictures you see in this blog are a daily occurrence on African roads. Shifting loads that lead to a capsized truck, mechanical failures that leave a driver stranded on the side of the road for days at a time are just some of the things that happen on any given day. And just when you think you have seen it all, you come across something that you can believe only if you see it.
Every day I am captivated by “what could be” if people would only learn the importance of proper maintenance and quality control. Imagine the revenue lost because you drive something until it leaves you stranded on the side of the road (sometimes two or more weeks). I am not sure of the thinking behind this philosophy. Is it because one can’t afford to maintain it, or is it because you don’t take the time for proper maintenance because you fear the loss of business to someone else? Either way, you lose. Or how about overloading a truck to the point that you turn a corner, causing the load to shift, and losing everything including your truck? Not sure of that philosophy either. There is a saying in Africa: “there is always room for one more”. Maybe the same holds true for a truck – there always room for one more bundle of charcoal… until you turn a corner and lose the whole load.
And then, in the midst of my frustration, I am brought to the reality that I have the privilege of doing something about it. I may not be able to control the loss of production on the roads of Zambia, but I can encourage, equip and empower Kingdom productivity in the church. The axiom “the local church is the hope of the world” stands true here in Zambia. If you can teach the church productive principles, then the church can lead the way and model those principles to the world.
RTC is one week away from starting its first series of conferences. Our goal is to reach 250 pastors in three cities over four days. Oh how I pray that these days will be filled with Spirit led productivity. If you want something to pray about over the next week, you can join me in praying that 250 pastors will leave a conference prepared to take the church in Zambia to new heights of productivity. You can pray with me that when the smoke clears from our days together, there will be greater clarity in the church for Kingdom impact! I can’t wait to get started and join God wherever He chooses to work!!!
Taking risks for Kingdom impact!