I was so encouraged by one of my Congolese brothers last week who works in partnership with the health center. I shared previously about a young girl named Neema, age 3, with tuberculosis who is walking for the first time. She was discharged from the hospital 2 weeks ago and has been followed by a community health worker on a regular basis. We have been ensuring that the family has food to eat, a dry place to lay their heads, and are taking their medications. This is truly a vulnerable family, a widow and her daughter who is severely visually impaired with her children. They have essentially little to no resources.
My Congolese brother has offered to share one of his fields for this family to cultivate, as well as room to build a modest dwelling. It is so encouraging to see a national make this sacrifice for someone who can’t do anything to repay them. It is the Lord who sees such actions and will bring blessings a 100-fold for our modest investments. This is true religion, to share with those in need and to help widows in their distress. This is quite possibly one of the greatest highlights of my time here at Nyankunde…to see a family get back on their feet and to see people love each other so deeply from the heart and in doing so, love Jesus. If the world would really take this commandment seriously, so many problems would be solved.
James 1:27 says, “Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted from the world.”