Note From The Unite4Africa Board – May 2013 – Ken Martin
There are things, after 57 years of life on this earth, that my eyes have yet to see, or my mind has yet to understand. But I have been blessed to see and learn things I may never have otherwise known during my walk with our friend Okongo.
After spending time with Okongo, since he returned from his last trip in April to Kenya and Ethiopia, I am struck by the raw power of God that is so evident during these trips and in Africa on a daily basis. The stunning part of this is how different it is here in the U.S., one of the most blessed nations in the world.
Here in the U.S. we often take God for granted and accept the status quo; living a life with blinders on our eyes to what God is doing in our local communities. As a society we have been taught to strive for independence and self reliance. In fact, it is often a measure of who we are. “Self-Made” has become a secular badge of honor in the US, and it’s often applied to our image of “independence and self reliance” for the rest of the world. This is an empty, Godless way of living. This may well be what keeps us from seeing God’s love for us and the work of His Hand during the minutia of our daily lives.
In Africa, where Unite 4 Africa is involved in ministry and empowerment, there the people are utterly dependent on God every minute of every day!