Isaiah 61 makes an incredible promise:
"So they will be called oaks of righteousness, the planting of the Lord, that He may be glorified. Then they will rebuild the ancient ruins, they will raise up the former devastations, and they will repair the ruined cities, the desolations of many generations."
vs 3b - 4, NASB.
What a promise. What an invitation. But who is the, "they?" Who are these mysterious people that Isaiah writes about and Jesus quotes when he opens the scroll in the synagogue in Luke 4? The answer is earlier in Isaiah 61, earlier in Luke 4:
"The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me, because He has appointed me to preach the gospel to the poor."
The they is the poor.
The they is the broken.
"Blessed are the broken of spirit for theirs is the Kingdom of Heaven."
We are not starting a ministry to do something good, we are not dreaming of children's homes, medical facilities, educational facilities and more because we believe it is the right thing to do. We are doing it because we wholeheartedly believe that Jesus will meet us there.
We believe that if you want to see His kingdom come on earth, if you really want to see revival, go to the poor.
As we sit with the poor, eat with the poor, serve the poor; we are reminded that WE ARE THE POOR. The dirt is where He found me, in great need. He found me unable to be the answer to my own problems. He reached in, delivered me, YASHA'd me. It is this posture of humility that allows Him to pour Himself out in us, through us, around us.
We believe that as we walk in great humility with the poor, the kingdom that we carry within us will be tested. It will be quickly revealed whether we truly know this Jesus and if He truly is who He says He is - the poor are always the real test of the gospel. If you believe you carry the Joy of Jesus, take it to the depressed. If you believe you carry the Hope of Jesus, take it to those in despair. If you carry the Resource of Jesus, take it to those who need food, shelter and practical help. And you carry the Love of Jesus, take it to the unlovable. It is in these places that our gospel is tested and glory can be revealed.
And so with great joy, expectation, hope and a reasonable sprinkling of terror ;) we embark on this journey.
As you feel led, as you want to, join us. However feels right.
Goodnight from Africa,