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Faithfulness Leads to Harvest

Faithfulness Leads to Harvest

   Katie Chatham
   12 June 2019

 

Five years ago, I had the opportunity to go to Southern Africa with my church and visit several CarePoints. I loved seeing each one and how Children’s Cup was providing for the physical and spiritual needs of the communities in which they work. It was incredible to see how each CarePoint was different, but fulfilled the same needs of its community.

Our last stop on that trip was Dayizenza. We drove through the community down roads full of huge potholes. We had to park our van and walk the rest of the way due to the lack of pavement. When we got to the spot our leader was taking us, we realized this community was different. There was no CarePoint yet, only a plot of land that Children’s Cup had claimed as a future feeding site and eventual CarePoint. As a group, we joined hands and prayed over that land. We prayed God would protect it from squatters (people who unlawfully occupy unused land) and that He would use it as a place of hope for hundreds of children. We prayed and believed together that the entire community of Dayizenza would be different because of what took place there.

This May, I had the opportunity to go back to Southern Africa and while the whole experience was amazing, going back to Dayizenza was the most impactful part of that trip. The road to Dayizenza was full of potholes; even more now!  But, when we arrived at the back of the community, we saw the same plot of land we had prayed over five years before, except this time, there was life!

I stood there for several minutes, taking it all in. To someone who hadn’t been there before, it probably looked like another humble feeding site with a small play area and makeshift kitchen. But, for me, it looked like a harvest. What was a vacant piece of land five years ago was now a community where 103 children are fed each day. It was a place where 89 sponsored children come and hear about the love that Jesus has for them in a safe environment.

When we left, my thinking shifted from “what” was now there to “how” it came to be. I believe the answer is faithfulness. While my life went on for those five years, other people, both in Southern Africa and America, worked faithfully to build that community of hope. Their collective faith and consistency led to the harvest that is Dayizenza CarePoint.

My greatest lesson from Dayizenza is that faithfulness yields a righteous harvest. Not big budgets or large, impressive buildings. Faithfulness.

Galatians 6:9 says “So let’s not allow ourselves to get fatigued doing good. At the right time we will harvest a good crop if we don’t give up, or quit. Right now, therefore, every time we get the chance, let us work for the benefit of all, starting with the people closest to us in the community of faith.

This verse sums up my Dayizenza experience. I am thankful that hundreds of people have not become fatigued in doing good because together they have, and continue to, harvest a good crop in Dayizenza and all our other CarePoints, communities, and countries.

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