March 14, 2011
|Pastor David Banza of Harare, Zimbabwe visiting us in Durban SA|
Today I spent most of the day with a beloved friend and co-laborer in the work of Christ, David Banza. We ere originally supposed to spend a bit of time together over breakfast, but it became clear during our conversation that I was supposed to help him in his quest to purchase a car for his family back in Zimbabwe. Here is a small list of our circumstances:
1) David has health challenges that cause him to fatigue quickly
2) The area where the cars are purchased is always very dangerous and more so when you are alone
3)Because of the banking situation in Zimbabwe, he had to carry thousands of US dollars in cash. To conceal this from greedy border guards and would be thieves, it was hidden in the soles of his shoes!
John 13:34-35 (NASB)says,
34 “A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another, even as I have loved you, that you also love one another.
35 “By this all men will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.”
While I could only offer my car, time and prayerful consideration, it was clear that this not only helped my rother but greatly encouraged him in general. You could see the “worry” that was very evident on my friend earlier in the day slowly dissapate until only confidence was present. I went from walking hesitantly to experiencing a peace that I could not explain. In this specific situation, it is my conviction that because “love” was present between us that the enemy of our souls was defeated. It is also my belief that part of our personal access to the presence of Christ in all situations is tied to how we love, honor and cherish fellow believers in Christ with all the means at our disposal.
Blessings in Christ………………………….Rodney, Trina, Bridget