Six years ago, Peter and I spent some time exploring the possibility of serving at Chitokoloki. We arrived at the small dirt airstrip, eight hours after taking off from Botswana in a tiny Cessna 185 with three fellow Flying Mission teammates. We ate dinner during the two hours that the base had electricity (thanks to a diesel powered generator), visited the old leprosarium on the grounds of the hospital, took photos of the kids that were hanging around (much to their delight), and hitched a ride on a 4-wheeler down to the Zambezi ("watch out for crocodiles!").
We enjoyed our short time at Chitokoloki, and even considered going back to help, but in the end, God had other plans for us in completely different areas of the world. We never met the couple who died, but as a friend said in a Facebook comment, "We are one big Body of Christ. When the toe gets cut, it hurts all over." I couldn't have said it better myself.
If you think about it, please pray for M & C (the daughters) as they try to understand what's happening, as well as for the parents and siblings who are grieving the earthly loss of their son/daughter/brother/sister. After you pray for them, go give your loved ones a hug, make up from a fight, or simply take some time to count your blessings, because you never know when your time is up. Make the most of each day, and be ready to go when He calls.
This week I'm thankful for...
941. The hope that we have in knowing that nothing ever takes God by surprise
942. That this young couple had accepted Christ and were prepared for an "early" Homegoing
943. For the immediate conviction of the Holy Spirit when I screw up
944. For the freeing feeling that comes from confessing a wrong and asking for forgiveness
945. Sunday lunch buffets at the local Indian restaurant
947. Our last-ever yard sale
948. Friday night dates to the Fresh Market
949. New office supplies
950. Beautiful, unique, fresh flowers
What are YOU giving thanks for this week?