shared by Pastor Experito and Cindy May
These men who have turned the world upside down have come here also… (Acts 17:6)
It has been a pleasant moment to meet with Vincent the local area village chairperson. He found me taking pictures of kids as they were arriving for school.
He appreciated the way this school was put in a jungle where it was not easy for kids to access schooling because of distance from government-aided schools and the dangerous bushy roads they have to use en route to school.
He looked at the decent shoes and the backpacks and he was astounded to have such care and concern for the kids in the locality. He expressed his great faith in the nursery school to grow to the High School level. He saw also how they get meals at school which included beans and posho, which they eat before going back home since many of the kids travel a fairly long distance. During break time they are provided with porridge. He looked at the places where they play the games and it was amazing to him.
The good water which was so abundant for the kids to drink at ease satisfied his curiosity, and he concluded that God has caring people in the world.
I was reminded by David Platt this morning that whenever we take clothing, we must also take the gospel. Whenever we take water, we must take the gospel. Satan doesn’t mind if we clothe and feed people on their way to hell.
While we rejoice in providing water to those who don’t have access to it, our greatest joy and ambition is in bringing the Living Water of Jesus to those who don’t yet know Him and the freedom and abundant life He brings. In an area where witchcraft, war and death has had deep roots, the light of Jesus is being made known. We thank God for Pastor Experito and those living in Kochgoma who are faithfully spreading the gospel, destroying strongholds, and taking every thought captive to obey Christ.
Last July, one of my dearest friends from high school turned 40. (Yes, that means that I am now 4-0, too.) In honor of her 40th birthday, she invited her family and friends to participate in raising funds for a well in Kochgoma.
Due to a broken camera and a stolen laptop, we have waited a very long time for these photos. I just received them a couple of days ago, and it is with great delight that I get to share them…finally! The fruit of a 40th birthday celebration.
In Acts, these men who went into Thessolonica were “accused” of having turned the world upside down. And apparently they turned Thessolonica upside down, too. Because Paul later wrote this about the Thessolonians: “For not only has the word of the Lord sounded forth from you in Macedonia and Achaia, but your faith in God has gone forth everywhere…For they themselves report how you turned to God from idols to serve the living and true God.”
We are praying as these little Koch-gomans receive the love and care of Jesus physically through water and food, and as they hear the gospel of truth and peace preached among them, that they will become young men and women who are accused of turning the world upside down for Him.