Note from the Board – John Tabor
Recently I believe the Lord brought to my mind the term ‘sticky.’ Hmm. On a few other occasions others have mentioned another word, ‘promise.’ Putting them together I remembered His promise not to let any of His children slip between His fingers; that we are securely held forever in His hand.
Crazy how unassociated thoughts can come together as a completely new thought. That’s what has happened to me. All of a sudden I was reaffirmed that when I accepted the Lord in my life as my Lord and Savior, he coated me with sticky stuff that will adhere to His hand forever and ever. That’s a fun idea…spiritual sticky stuff.
Then, of course the reality that Jesus doesn’t need anything extra to keep us safe and secure. Well of course, He doesn’t need, say, a jar of honey to pour over us. His sweet, spiritual sticky stuff are His promises. Once His, as a member of His family, always His. That’s His promise.
So, now I know why working with Unite 4 Africa is so sweet (no pun intended) and why village after village in Kenya, Ethiopia or Ghana once they fully embrace Him are never to be lost or separated regardless of the pressures or events of the day. You see, once wholly given to Him there is transformation and restoration… more powerful than anything the world could produce to take it away.
I like to think of U4A as a sweet ministry of peace and restoration. A ministry that practices what it preaches. A ministry that transforms a worldview characterized often by chaos and bitterness and jealousies, etc., into a new one that walks a new path of grace, mercy, humility, integrity, peace amidst storms and service without the selfishness of the past.
Unite 4 Africa is making a difference. Those we serve know that once we’re serving them through discipleship in word and deed, training them with physical, social, economic skills, and the church coming around them, they realize that we will never leave because He never leaves. We are one with Him. I guess that makes us sticky too!