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Giving Out of Poverty (Mk 12:44)

Posted by on Jul 20, 2013 |

He called his disciples and said to them, “I tell you the truth, this poor widow has put more into the offering box than all the others. For they all gave out of their wealth. But she, out of her poverty, put in what she had to live on, everything she had.”  — Mk 12:43-44, NET

During the course of our trip to Africa, six additional children have been sponsored by members of Valley Christian Church.  Five of those sponsored are by members of the team in Africa.  They’re each too humble to admit it (and rightly so) but I feel compelled to boast on their behalf, particularly because their actions are borne out of faith and compulsion due to their love for Christ.  Each is a student and each is “minimally employed.”  They saw a need and answered a call.  There’s no complex theology.  As Jesus commanded, they answered out of faith.

Emily, Sarah, Catie Kaleb, and Sean you are each heroes of the faith in my book and examples for us all.  I’m thankful to have had the opportunity to serve by your side.

Emily and Pauline

Emily and Pauline

Sarah and Faith

Sarah and Faith

Kaleb and Grace

Kaleb and Grace

 

Catie and Rose, who is 7 months pregnant

Catie and Rose, who is 7 months pregnant

Sean and Nzula

Sean and Nzula

 

Rick

I’ve been blessed with a loving (and lovely!) wife, a son (Luke, 10), and daughter (Bella, 5).
Since coming to Valley over two years ago, our walk has grown to leaps. We delight in serving the Lord and His people, whether through peacemaking, caring children, or serving the downtrodden locally and abroad.