What did Jesus ask of his disciples?
I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. Galatians 2:20
Die for yourself to live for Christ? What does that mean. How can you die and live at the same time? Is this what Jesus asked of his disciples? To follow him? What does it mean to follow? Yesterday in a slum just outside of Nairobi, we witnessed a team from Cumberland Community Church die to themselves and live for Christ. They served God in the most humble of ways and helped save lives for the kingdom. What did this team do that showed they had died to themselves? First, you could see Christ through them–in their smiles, the way they touched the children, how they put their arms around the poorest of the poor, and the way they sang and worshipped on the stage. Besides singing, their job was to mobilize, to bring the people to hear the praise music and receive the message of HIV/Aids prevention, and to encourage people to test to save their lives and the lives of their children.
One of the Cumberland team members taking someone to get tested
The team went from shack to shack, knocked on doors, and witnessed to the people in the slum. They should of been WAY out of their comfort zone, but you could not notice. In fact, the only thing that was noticeable was the love and joy that filled the team. The Cumberland Community Church team members served with joy.
One of the Cumberland team members being a good example, by signing a commitment card
They followed without question. They trusted me as their event leader. They died for Christ, for the team, and for the mission. For me as on the ground leader it was truly a joy to serve with them.
Grateful for those who came 10,000 miles to surrender to serve, Connie Sent via Cingular Xpress Mail with Blackberry