So, some Bundibugyo assets: a culture of breast-feeding, which enables our motherless baby program to facilitate surrogates. A culture of goat-keeping, which enables the Matiti project to thrive with the technical inputs from BundiNutrition. An assumption of spiritual reality, which allows all our programs to be fully holistic. A culture which places ultimate value on progeny, which has a positive affect on openness to education and health care. A universal dependence upon agriculture and passion for cocoa production, which enables the Christ School Farm to have hope of becoming an income-generating idea. A desire for identity and value in a marginalizing world, which drives the translation project, and the coming together of the new Semliki Presbytery within the PCU. And mostly people, the young ones God has raised up through relationships with missionaries, the hundreds that are coming out of Christ School, the dozens of professionals whom God has brought into partnership with us.
We also took time to verbalize our personal passions as a team, the gifts He has put in Bundibugyo through each person. That encourages me, too. I have hope when I see Travis' enthusiasm for "work hard, play hard", his glow of being able to encourage others, to truly build up; when Amy is able to take rats in stride and write a funny poem about them, when she grasps the organizational challenges of the next few months with competence. When Anna speaks of her friendship with a local young m'lim woman, or comes up with hands-on-cool school projects, or reports that orphan sponsors have risen from 18 to 32 (more than half way there!). When Loren laments the plight of local women, and tenderly weeps over her own longing to reach more. When John is able to offer the fruits of his hands-in-the-soil, and to facilitate the skills of our agriculturally gifted friends. When Heidi touches the least of these day by day with nursing care, or keeps us on track behind the scenes with service. We anticipate the arrival of Chrissy and Jessica; and hope for more. These are precious gifts.
But few. In today's sermon Kisembo spoke from 1 Cor 1:27-30 as he preached on Paul's trials in Acts 25. God delights in bringing good for thousands out of our five loaves and two fish, in showing wisdom through our weak foolishness. So we balance a healthy respect for our assets and a healthy realization that they are completely inadequate for ushering in the Kingdom unless God miraculously multiplies.