Dad, How do I … ?
What do you do when you need help to learn a new skill? Debbie wanted to review how to jump a vehicle battery, and so she YouTubed it. She discovered a fantastic site called Dad, How do I? (pic links to site too.) Rob Kelley, now a dad with grown children, had a father who abandoned the family when he was young. He decided to make a video series to illustrate basic life skills that fathers often pass on to their children. Included topics are how to tie a tie, repair a running toilet, change a tire, etc. The demand blew him away! Kelley thought 30 or 40 people might be interested. After one year, he had more than three million subscribers!
Essentially, Mr. Kelley serves others as a virtual mentor. Familial encouragements like starting with “Hey, kids!” and ending with “You’ve got this” or “I’m proud of you!” trigger ‘I can do it’ activities in people around the world. Community Health Evangelism (CHE) recognizes this process of adult learning. One lesson during the first training of trainers focuses on how adults learn. They learn when they need to get something done. They learn best when copying someone who knows what they are doing and encourages them to do better work. Few understand how to do well from lectures. Mentoring gets better and more work done.
Brother, Teach me
Jesus, likewise, mentors His disciples to do good. Our God calls them ‘brothers‘ (links to scriptural explanation), who take to heart His message that believers accomplish the Father’s will in mentoring others to live by God’s design. As He walked the earth, Jesus illustrated how to be helpful while completing a calling. He did not have to demonstrate his divine personhood in assisting the discouraged except to be an example. To be that, He turned water to wine, healed the sick and blind, paid taxes, and fed the hungry amidst other acts of kindness that illustrated God’s power in mundane, day-to-day activities. The example changed people’s lives. It still does.
We plow through mundane yet necessary tasks to continue the witness of God’s power to others. Last week, during trips to renew acquaintance with some pastors and CHE collaborators, Verlin reminded some to trust in God’s design more than human plans. He shared information on how the ‘poor’ lifestyle of many Ivorians protects most. The majority’s simple eating and outdoor living preserves the population. 1) Reduced incidence of tissue-attached cholesterol diseases, 2) more vitamin D synthesis, and 3) outdoor living and working with well-ventilated housing rather than 24/7 in enclosed spaces slows COVID-19 replication. Debbie finished doctor appointments this week and found a way to serve and be served by friends who care for a disabled man.
Prayer & Praise
- ???? As this period between Easter and Pentecost continues, pray believers choose to speak hope and help into the lives of people we meet daily. All of us have skills and words of encouragement that can transform others’ situations. May our eyes be open to seeing God’s ways to be helpful.
- ???? Pray for meetings with ministry partners. Verlin heads to Abidjan for supplies and to price replacement equipment after meeting with two Discovery Bible Study leaders in Bondoukou.
Verlin and Debbie
Christian Health Service Corps (CHSC) is a mission of dedicated medical professionals who participate in the CHE Global Network. Together, in a loose affiliation of individuals, churches, denominational, and nondenominational agencies, we share God’s Light and Truth through Community Health Evangelism (CHE). Verlin and Debbie accept donor partners to contribute as led to provide support as we maintain residential ministry in Cote d’Ivoire to expand CHE ministries under the auspices of CHSC & Ivorian partners. Tax-deductible contributions by check are to be made payable to the CHSC with Andersons #0118 written on the memo line. Mail to CHSC – PO Box 132 – Fruitvale, TX 75127. Give online via the CHSC @ www.che4a.org (3% fee) or TDF (0% fee).