A Word from Reba
Lisa and I have just returned from Zambia, Africa. The trip was great and we were thrilled to meet so many wonderful people serving the Lord. Over the next few days I would like to share with you some of the stories and experiences that we had on the journey but today I want to help you get a clearer understanding of why we went.
Fruit that Lasts
When I read the words of Jesus to those who followed Him I always feel a variety of emotions. Sometimes I feel sorrow or guilt at my failure to walk in obedience. Other times I feel encouraged and blessed at the hope and power of these truths. But today as I write these words I feel overwhelmed.
In John 15, Jesus instructed his disciples to love one another. He reminded them that they had not chosen him but he had chosen them and appointed them to bear fruit. And not just any fruit but fruit that will last. Jesus sent them out to impact their world in a way that was lasting. Our calling is still the same as followers of Christ — love each other and impact our world for eternity. What an overwhelming thought, the idea that we can have any impact on an eternal soul, is truly miraculous.
This week I watched as the work of God’s people brought this principle to light.
WIPHAN and Dare for More
WIPHAN is an organization that was founded by a man and his wife from Georgia. They saw the need of the widows and orphans in Zambia and responded to the call of God to invest in eternity. Today this organization has several schools, a training center, and other programs to assist widows and orphans in Zambia and Kenya. Over 900 students in grades 1st-12th are served annually.
The international division of Dare for More, Hearts & Hope Global Solutions, came alongside WIPHAN Zambia to provide a women’s event, a teen girls event, a staff event, and discipleship training. Our goal was to share the good news of the gospel with the women and children as well as encourage the believers in their faith.
God met with us in such mighty ways. Hundreds of women and girls attended the events and we saw between 50 and 75 come to know Christ as their personal Savior. I spent a full day training six women to start a discipleship group that will meet for one year and then go out to reach more women.
God Cares for the Widows and Orphans
In Deuteronomy 27:19, God gives a strong warning regarding treatment of the fatherless and widows. “Cursed be anyone who perverts the justice due to the sojourner, the fatherless, and the widow.”
God has made special provision throughout his Word for the widow and orphan. And as his children we are called to be obedient. James reminds us that when we look after the widows and orphans our religion is pure and acceptable before God the Father. (James 1:27)
Lisa and I were honored to be able to stand beside and with the team at WIPHAN as they care for those in great need.