"I will give them one heart and one way, that they may fear me forever, for their own good and the good of their children after them." (Jeremiah 32:39)
Have you ever felt that after you have spend half an hour with a bunch of brothers and sisters in Christ that you have just met, that you have more things in common with them than with your relatives that you know since a lifetime but who are not born-again Christians? This is exactly how I felt today after I spent half a day teaching 15 pastors from the Kibera slum, in Nairobi, Kenya.
After teaching in the first part of the week a group of people who are disciplers in the Kenyan Anglican Church (which is evangelical and conservative), today we had the privilege to teach expositional preaching to the pastors in the slums of Nairobi. We split into three small teams, so that we could reach out to at least three slums from Nairobi, and all three places experienced an outpouring of God's mercy and grace. I had the privilege to serve with my dear Indian brother, Aubrey and was blessed to see how much God gifted him in handling the Scriptures.
Now, even though these pastors have hardly any theological training and even though they meet in churches that look worse than a run-down American barn, I was humbled and deeply encouraged by their devotion and zeal for Jesus. I was also humbled that God would use me, a Romanian saved sinner, who lives in U.S., to expose the Scriptures for these African brothers and add knowledge to their zeal.
As we were looking over this week so far though, we can all say without a doubt, that we are amazed of God's work in redeeming a people from every nation, every tribe and every language (American, Indian, Romanian, Kenyan, etc.), from every walk of life, to give us one heart that desires to honor Christ and love Jesus with all their hearts. Soli Deo Gloria!