February 22, 2017

 Endless alleys with trash-filled trenches and open sewers; chickens and ducklings pecking away, eeking out a meager existence; so many dirty children in ragged clothes. Poverty is real, folks. It's real. And heartbreaking. I try to imagine myself calling these streets home, living without all the things we consider necessities in the west. I try to imagine living, eating, sleeping, raising my family in a space the size of many of our closets; sleeping on a dirt floor without mattress or blanket or pillow. Maybe, if I'm a little better off than most, I have a few pieces of furniture.


But one thing has struck me - today, as well as in other home visits - in the homes where Christ is present, there is light; not just figuratively, but in actuality. These homes have light; they are clean; there are smiles on the faces of those who live in these homes. There is a dignity that comes from knowing that because I belong to God, I have worth - I am His priceless possession. The love and joy are palpable. For the Christian, there is hope - not only for this life, but eternity. And that hope is sufficient to carry a person through the most difficult of circumstances.

The mission of Africa Connect is to meet the deepest needs of these people - spiritually first, and then inseparably, educationally, vocationally, physically, and economically. I pray that I will never become immune to the suffering of the world's poor; that my heart will always break when I encounter poverty, and that God will use me to help meet their needs at every level.


"I slept and dreamed that life is all joy. I woke and I saw that life is all service. I served and I saw that service is joy." –Kevin Oyugi, social worker


Joyfully yours,

Sue Choquette, for Africa Connect.




Share on Facebook
Share on Twitter
Please reload

Featured Posts

Report from the Field, 2018

May 22, 2018

Please reload

Recent Posts
Please reload