And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus.
The three-and-a-half-hour church service in the Mathare slum had come to an end, and our last speaking responsibility was over! I gathered with my traveling partners in a room where our host brought us Cokes. As much as I enjoy the stretching experiences of mission trips, I love getting back home. I looked forward to packing up and heading to the airport to begin the long journey back to Pittsburgh. But then, something caught my attention.
The pastors and leaders from three churches were counting the money received from the morning offerings. They were counting in an open and public area to be above reproach. That morning, a general offering and an offering for a young student to continue Bible training had been taken. Monies would be given to the student, and the rest would be divided among the pastors. Whatever was given would be the amount they would live on for the coming week.
I have thought about that picture often. Money was stacked on the table, and the pastors were waiting to see how God would provide. They were not worried about “wants,” they were depending on God to meet their daily needs. I have been honored to teach many times in Mathare, but those pastors taught me more than I have ever taught them.
O God, I am spoiled. I have so much and forget to thank you. Thank you for always meeting the needs of your children, not only the material ones, but the spiritual ones as well, “according to [your] riches in glory in Christ Jesus.” In his name. Amen.