Today was full of surprises in Kwari village. When we arrived at the school, there were no kids! They were all attending a regional sports competition between several schools, so we had a full day to finish painting everything; and finish we did, by God’s grace. In the middle of the day, we were also invited to witness a unique process: the slaughter if a goat which will be tomorrow’s lunch. This experience was NOT for the faint of heart, but it was fascinating, and it was actually a great opportunity to reflect on the Gospel. A couple of folks from our team were a little uncomfortable with the idea of killing a critter we’ve watched grazing the past few days; but when we thought about the Old-Testament-era practice of Temple sacrifices. The graphic death of that goat today became symbolic to us of the punishment we deserve for sin. But we have much to thank God for, because of what Jesus did for us on the cross. And redemptive work of Christ is beating great fruit in the Gora Clinic, where we got to meet a baby in the maternity wing born WHILE we were visiting. It was equally vivid in the Community Garden at Gora, where they are currently expecting a crop of over 10,000 watermelons! Where once a bare, dry field was there is now an abundantly fruitful farm where 22 families are now raising commercial crops to earn income where there was once only poverty and subsistence farming.
God is good, and He never missed a chance to show us His perfect truth, no matter where we are in the world!