Heading to Africa

So Thursday night I begin my sojourn back to Lusaka, Zambia in South Africa. It's been almost a year to the day that I joined a hundred volunteers at Camp Life, as we shared the gospel with 1000 orphans. My ten boys were from Chainda, a poverty stricken community in Lusaka. Each of the boys shared their dreams, hopes, fears and challenges with me. Each of them prayed to receive Christ. I came back with ten boys in my heart. I came back to StoneBridge with a great responsibility. These orphan boys needed someone to sponsor them, StoneBridge families stepped up without hesitation and committed to support these 10 boys. Love grew and lives were changed. Ten families sponsored these boys and they were orphans no longer. They now had food, clothing, christian education and access to medical care. They were no longer an outcast or a burden to their extended family. Now, they were the blessing. Now "they" were chosen.

And now I get to go back and see them. I can't describe how I feel. Because I am not returning to Africa with just my love for these ten boys. I return to Africa with all the love of the ten families that paid the price to change their lives. My heart swells with the love of the body of Christ.

Love grew, exponentially and lives were changed. And my life, like the ten boys, will never be the same.

Joe

Ephesians 4:15-16
Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will grow to become in every respect the mature body of him who is the head, that is, Christ. From him the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work.

Ephesians 3:17-19
so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge —that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.