History of Saaka Land--Conclusion....For Now...
Its been a long time since that communion on the dirt road…when we were only two.
Now over 200 Christians commune before God’s throne each year. On land that was once used for unholy purposes...now claimed in the name of our Christ.
I remember our dreams. Our concerns.
The labor. The ants. The snakes.
The thieves. The struggle.
The waiting. The lack of funds.
And I see what God has done anyway. Despite us. Despite “them”.
He has redeemed our offerings and brought Glory. Release. And Freedom.
On a gorgeous piece of land….through one man’s fearless dreams.
I moved to Africa with very idealistic goals. I wanted to change the world.
Much like our experience with this land…the dream was huge…the path full of pitfalls and pain.
But in the end…I see the world is changing.
One step at a time. Beginning right here, with me.
We ask the youth at Faith Quest each year, to do remarkable things.
We ask them to go counter culture in purity, honesty, integrity.
We ask them to speak the secrets…that often accompany lies.
We ask them to lay down their burdens and trust that what God says is true.
To turn away from the idols of their lives.
The very process of the land required many of those things from us. To step out in faith, even when the logistics were overwhelming and we didn’t have all the answers.
We had to find the Godly balance between “counting the cost” wisely and yet not trusting in our own selves and abilities. Giving up our own control…which can be an idol in any culture.
Is changing the world too much to ask?
I don’t think so.
As long as we realize, it may very well take place outside our (perceived) realm of control.
What absurd dream does God whisper to you today?
Are you the speaker of the dream? Or the one who hears?
In the presence of the inevitable list of all the reasons it could never work…do we boldly step forward anyway? Or spend more time analyzing the impending results.
I urge you to pay attention. Whatever your response or inclination.
He IS changing the world. Despite us. ☺
And, He, never fails.