I recently returned from a trip to Africa and every time I go God teaches me something new. Part of our vision at C3 Church is to adopt the Mganduzweni village outside Nelspruit, South Africa. This is a village of 170,000 people that are in need of hope. Our vision is to provide fresh clean water, provide a C3 Church family, sponsor children so they can have food, education, health care and most importantly Jesus. On our recent trip we had the privilege of dedicating a well that is providing fresh water for free for the first time ever for this village. That was an experience I will never forget. Our desire is to provide a hand out and a hand up so they can know the One who provides Living Water!
Here are a few things I learned.
1. BE THANKFUL FOR WHAT YOU HAVE
How many times do we turn our water on and take for granted that we have water? While we traveled on our way to Nelspruit we stayed in a hotel and the water in the shower was cold. I was freezing and found myself tempted to complain. Then the Lord reminded me that I’m able to take a shower and have clean water. When you are thankful for what you do have it helps you not complain about what you don’t have.
Colossians 3:17, “And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.”(NLT)
2. ALL PEOPLE MATTER TO GOD
God cares about the people in Mganduzweni as much as He does us! He wants to provide hope for them as much as He wants us to receive hope. They are real people that need real hope that only comes from Jesus. I shared with those at the well dedication celebration that every time they get the water from this well to remember that this water was not provided by me or by C3 Church, but by Jesus! He’s the one who provided this for you.
2 Peter 3:9, “The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.”(NIV)
Tomorrow, I’ll share with you the next 2 “Things I Learned In Africa.” I can’t wait to connect with you by reading your comments below.