Tuesday, April 24, 2018

" His intention was the perfecting of the saints {His consecrated people} {that they should do}the work of ministering toward building up Christ's body [the church]," Ephesians 4:12 AMP

The young man in the picture is Christopher Heimerle. He is in South Africa on a Missions Trip with his Bible School. The little boy is having the time of his life! 

Chris said where ever the students went children would follow them. If 15 children were invited to a meeting, 100 would come. One meeting had 1,000 children who came from all over to hear the Americans. Racial discrimination was obvious.

 One young man told Chris he would not be able to attend college. The separation between black and white was also a financial issue. This man would not be able to get a job that would afford him enough money to attend college.

 Chris said this fellow was very smart and frustrated with his situation. He couldn't understand how God could give him the ability and understanding of a college student, but not the opportunity. My answer was for him to think outside the box. Easier said than done, I know.

As Christians we need to be sensitive to the needs and feelings of others. Chris is in the United States again, and I don't know if he will ever have the opportunity to speak with this South African man again. I can't understand how a society could be closed to helping  their own countrymen, but it happens here too. 

This ugly, dirty slave called racism. It stifles love, opportunity, and kindness. It is on both sides. Most of us have been guilty of it. Lord, help us. Building up Christ's body. Can we bridge the gap? I don't mean any individual, but then maybe God does. Who knows what God can place on the heart of one christian?

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