Sunday, April 7
The Lord’s Day
Minute for Mission: The Outreach Foundation
When his Charlottesville, Virginia, congregation initiated a prayer-partner program with Tumaini Children’s Center in Nyeri, Kenya, Dave was partnered with Joseph, a 15-year-old boy living at the center.
While other congregation members regularly received letters from their student partners, Dave received only one short letter from Joseph. Dave was disappointed that Joseph didn’t write more often.
Through The Outreach Foundation, Dave’s congregation, Meadows Presbyterian, organized a mission trip to Nyeri to visit Tumaini and meet the children. Dave decided to go on the trip, hoping to meet Joseph.
The Meadows team arrived at Tumaini with great anticipation. The children were eagerly awaiting their friends from the U.S. Dave had a picture of Joseph and anxiously scanned the faces of the children. When they met, Joseph said that he loved receiving Dave’s letters. He read them so often he could recite them from memory. He explained that he couldn’t write back because he had a learning disability. He also left the home to go to his village and care for his disabled parents every Friday, returning to Tumaini each Monday.
In that aha moment, Dave realized his assumption about the reason Joseph didn’t write was wrong. When he got to know Joseph, Dave realized his prayer partner was a wonderful child of God. It was a humbling experience and a powerful lesson. Dave learned that when you follow Jesus into the world, the first life you change may be your own.
—Tom Widmer, associate director for development, The Outreach Foundation
Let us pray
Heavenly Father, thank you for children—sometimes our best teachers. Thank you, too, for leading us into your world to see how you are working to transform each of us into your likeness. Amen.
Sunday Lectionary and Hymns
I Love to Tell the Story
Cantad al Senor (O Sing to the Lord)
Praise Ye the Lord
Jesus Comes with Clouds Descending
PH 6, HB 234
O Sons and Daughters, Let Us Sing!
PH 116, HB 206