Yesterday, I talked about how God used Ndjemane to work on my heart concerning having joy. Today, it is all about the community. Here is how God used Ndjemane to build a desire for more community in my life.
A second aspect of the Senegalese culture that God moved in me was the value of community. I observed in Ndjemane a culture where relationships are highly valuable. I saw how villagers took care of each other. I saw how families lived together in small compounds relying on one another daily. I saw how four (or more) vehicles took the time to stop on the side of a highway to help an unknown driver push his bus out of a ditch after the bus had gotten stuck. Tasks and schedules did not dictate; taking care of others in relationship did.
My desire was to build on these observations and really live in an authentic Christian community whose example was set way back in the days of early Christianity:
All the believers devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching, and to fellowship, and to sharing in meals (including the Lord’s Supper), and to prayer. Acts 2:42
I would like to say that I have firmly taken a hold of both of these, but I have not. Despite that, though, exceeding joy and living in community are still desires of mine that I pray about continuing to build. They are two aspects of my life that I continue to work on and improve.
A Little Help Goes A Long Way
I am leaving for Senegal in February, 2012 to be a part of a medical team that is providing medical care to the people of Ndjemane and other adjacent villages. Please be a part of my trip and help. There are a three main ways you can help:
- Pray for the medical team and me. As we just read, God answers prayers and I believe he will answer our prayers about this team.
- Share these stories. I pray that as I tell stories to raise funds for the medical clinic that people will also hear the Good News about the love that God has for a small village in Africa and how He also loves each one of us. It is a powerful and showering love that every person should have the opportunity to hear.
- Most important to me is prayer and sharing these stories. However, if you would like to donate money to assist me with serving in Senegal. Check out the sidebar to the right to see how much I still need so I can cover all of my expenses in Senegal. (Here is the link to PayPal to donate to my trip.)
However you participate, thank you for being a part of the February 2012 Medical Team!
If you have gotten this far, here is a picture of Mike and me dancing: