When God’s Love and Grace Flood a Place

Barwessa is a place with a very small population in the state/region of Rift Valley, Kenya. In this village of men, women and children, water and food was scarce. Well, okay, scarce understates the situation. The nearest water source was at least fifteen miles away. And instead of providing refreshment, it provides typhoid.

Can you imagine? No water. No food. No rain. No water? I have a faucet I can turn on anytime. No food? I live within a 10 mile radius of at least four grocery stores, and two miles from a Food Lion. Not to mention I have a refrigerator filled with food and a pantry full of non-perishables. No rain? As I write it is sprinkling. I don’t know about you, but I cannot imagine. No water. No food. No rain. Just sickness. Hunger. Thirst. Hopelessness. Until love and grace overflowed from the hearts of workers and volunteers through a compassion relief organization called CRF (Christian Relief Fund).

This is how love and grace works. They plant a mango farm. They build bee hives. They start new schools for orphans. They bring in tons of food. And they drilled a water well for the community almost fifteen miles closer than the water that was giving them typhoid.

This is how people who are gripped by the love and grace found in Jesus Christ respond. This is how CRF works.

And this is what I am reminded of: when God’s love and grace flood a place, nothing and no one remains the same.

I thank God for CRF and the work they do in the world. But most of all I thank God for His love and grace that in His name, has the power to change the world.

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You can get involved in the work CRF is doing and play a significant role in dealing out grace, hope and change: www.christianrelieffund.org

Also check out the blog of my dear friend, mentor and President
of CRF, Milton Jones for great stories of love and grace seen “through orange colored glasses”: www.miltonjonesblog.com

About Fred

I am a follower of Jesus, the husband to Alison Glenn, daddy to my little man Ian. I am a son, brother, friend, bi-vocational pastor of Williamsburg Christian Church, ethnographer, activist and justice seeker, founder and president of 3e Restoration Inc, adjunct professor at Regent University, and mission specialist of church renewal with Mission Alive. I received my B.S. in Ministry/Bible at Amridge University and my Masters of Religious Education in Missional Leadership (MREML) from Rochester College. I am currently working toward my Doctorate of Ministry in Contextual Theology at Northern Seminary.
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2 Responses to When God’s Love and Grace Flood a Place

  1. Steven Tramel Gaines says:

    Thanks for reminding us of the life-changing nature of God’s love when tangibly enacted. And thank God for CRF!

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