>He stood in front of our congregation yesterday, his pearly white smile gleaming out in contrast with his dark as night skin. The moment he took the stage, his presence lit up my spirit…his laugh at forgetting his Bible on the pew echoed thru the silent santuary and then David Tarus opened his arms wide, as if to hug us all at once, as he began to speak.
His heavy African accent coated his joyfilled verbal embrace of our congregation. He apologized for not having a better grip on the language, for not focusing better in school when they attempted to teach him…but God’s Spirit within him allowed him to be heard loud and clear by the hearts of the church that prayfully and financially supports his mission that lays within the boarders of Kenya.
He brought a message of thankfulness and excitement. He spoke of God’s promises seen and lived by his people back home. He nearly jumped for joy as he shared what He has done in the way of milk, money and hope for the people of Kipkaren, Kenya. His pictures were full of jugs and the means of transportation that get the creamy, white liquid to the Milk Cooling Plant which provides these people with their income for the families. His lips never lost their smile…and his arms stayed wide open.
As David closed his presentation of how God has been working for his congregation, he paused with a heavy breath. He then said that He had placed a message on his heart for us…for the American church…
“because you need God here as much as we need him in Kenya.
You Americans. You know what is hard about you? You are too closed up.
Back at home,
we are always working outside,
always passing each other so we always have the opportunity to bring God’s love.
You come to church,
you run to your cars
and then you shut yourself up in your houses.
You Americans. You need to get out of your houses.
Christians are like popcorn.
Your pastor is roasting you over the fire every Sunday.
James 2 tells us that faith without works is dead.
Get up and out of your houses.
Let others see who God is to you.
POP like popcorn!”
The bolded, green words are the lyrics to ZoeGirl’s All About You…my song of today.