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!
Their eyes see His Hand at work in their daily lives and their hearts know His steadfast and unwavering love for them.
There you see a large tennis ball sized cyst actually disappear from a woman while she is prayed over. There you see over 700 new believers baptized and made new in the name of Jesus, in one morning! In Africa leaders and members of villages gather daily, “under the mango tree”, to discuss “life in Christ”; these discussions are open and encouraging – where truth is spoken.
There, those who have come to know Christ or are seeking to know Him, want to understand and know what Okongo knows about the one true God. They also want to know the wisdom of God that can empower them.
During these discussions lives are changed and ownership of their community’s future is kindled. Okongo’s words to them are straight forward and based in truth. Sometimes the “Truth” is not easy to swallow. This is where the wisdom given in God’s Word takes root and lives are changed. Even here in the U.S., through discussions that Okongo has, hearts are moved and changed for Christ.
We are thankful to all who support this organization with; financial donations, donation of time, prayer for those who do the work on the ground in Africa and for those who come to know Christ.
We are so blessed to serve in a ministry with you that helps and empowers people to take ownership for themselves and their communities through CHE (Community Health Evangelism) programs and teachings. This approach helps people become “Self-Sustaining”, not “Self-Made” and dependent upon God, not themselves.
Please continue to help us accomplish more of this kingdom work. God Bless.