Faith,  Mozambique

Becoming Poor

I recently returned from a shortened visit to FH/Mozambique. Due to an illness I came home without accomplishing my intended purpose – to offer training to Child Development Program (CDP) staff as well as have my dried up vision renewed. After six years of working for FH and two since my last field visit, I was full of anticipation for hearing the passion of field staff and appreciating what God is accomplishing through FH in the lives of the most vulnerable. But God’s ways are not my ways. Rather than give, I was forced to receive the unbelievable grace and kindness of FH/Mozambique. Rather than achieve my goals, I fell short. Rather than gain a renewed purpose, I came home in brokenness. Rather than see my expectations of what Jesus would do in and through me, I had an incredible experience of my own poverty. I felt helpless and out of control in my illness and dependent on the mercy of others to make decisions for me. Irrelevant in my task and mission, without access to help or support (while phone lines were down) and the shame of failure. This lesson was learned: I am irrelevant, unable to offer anything to Jesus and His Kingdom. I am poor.
But how could this lesson be news to me? It is THE Good News! 2 Corinthians 8:9 states, “For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sake he became poor, so that you by his poverty might become rich.” I am poor, but through the generous love of Jesus, I am declared rich! I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live [the work I do, the projects I create, the people I love, the mission I seek, the trip I desired] in the flesh, I live by faith in the Son of God who loved me and gave Himself for me. I do not nullify the grace of God with an attempt to accomplish his heart and mission through my own strength, agenda or demands. (Galatians 2:19-21) Having been emptied a-new of myself, I am freed up to be filled up with the grace and love of Christ and his heart for the poor. I am also ready to ask and receive the grace and love of my co-laborers, my fellow rags to riches community.
Thanks to FH/Mozambique for being the gracious facilitators of my renewed experience of my poverty. My short week in Beira gave me enormous love and respect for each of you. I pray God will bless you richly for loving me in my poverty as Christ has loved you.

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