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Proverbs 3:27

Last Sunday, there was a pastoral candidate at our chuch who gave a very thought-provoking sermon. Derik Hines spoke on Proverbs 3:27 and I've been thinking about it all week.

"Do not withhold good from those who deserve it, when it is in your power to act."

That verse has prompted me to open up my bible for the first time in many, many months. I am now going to keep it on my office desk. The verse is about encouraging us to help others, but only if they deserve it and if we think about our own situation, too. I shouldn't offer assistance to someone who clearly doesn't need it. That is something I often find in my teaching. Students will ask for help and I first see if they actually need it or if I can just point them in the right direction. Also, I need to remember that I can't do everything. For example, if I see a homeless man on the street, I can't realistically go up to him and offer to take him in and let him live with my family for a few months. That's not in my power to do.

A few weeks ago, Renea and I took on a second sponsored child in Africa after a very powerful church service from Tom Eggum. founder of Hope 4 Kids International.


Here is Kevin (Ndirangu) from Kenya, age 11, and our newest. Mukisa from Uganda, age 5.