But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, – Galatians 5:22
Day 14: Kindness
Egypt – A crowd of smiling boys gathered in a small stuffy room, their ages ranging from 8 to 11 years. They all lived in a village where poverty and hunger were commonplace. In addition, that they were Christian added to their desperation…yet still they had eager, carefree smiles as they awaited the evening’s activity.
In each boy’s hand was a large, empty maize bag. The youth leader then shouted, “Tonight you will ‘invade’ our little village. Go to every house in every street and ask if they have enough bread to eat or not. If there is more than enough bread in the house, ask them to place any extra bread in the bag.”
“Once your bag is filled to the top, then the fun part of the evening starts. Go back to all the homes where there was not enough bread to eat and give them some bread so that every family in our village will have enough bread to eat for the next week.”
Although in themselves these young boys do not have the means to provide food for the hungry, they have become instruments to eradicate hunger in their village.
Over the month of August, Open Doors ministry has a special mission they are encouraging all to partake in. “During the month of Ramadan, from August 1-30, 2011, Open Doors is calling on Christians in the West to pray for Christians living in Islamic dominated countries… praying specifically for God to fill and strengthen them with the ‘Fruit of the Spirit.’ This ‘fruit’ embodied in each believer; molds, shapes and transforms us – expressing the image of His Son. And through this image, shining through a believer, God draws people to salvation.”
I signed up for their daily prayer emails for this mission. Each day, they send an account of a Christian who is living in Islamic-dominated countries. I pray this will help us to remember to pray for those who are ministering to hearts in foreign countries with the gospel.
“Open Doors works in the world’s most oppressive countries, strengthening Christians to stand strong in the face of persecution and equipping them to shine Christ’s light in these dark places. Open Doors empowers persecuted Christians by supplying Bibles, training Christian leaders, developing Christian communities and ensuring prayer, presence and advocacy for these suffering believers.” (www.OpenDoorsUSA.org)