For the past four weeks I have been on vacation hence have been away from pen and paper to continue with my contributions of these series. However, the break was worth it as it has helped me to reflect, refocus and strategise for the New Year 2020!
My vacation took me back to my roots; Ndirande in Blantyre Malawi. Whilst there it was the time I saw an article titled; “Something Good Comes out of Ndirande.” It made me wonder as just more recently on the campaign trail a lot of politician went to the township for approval of their political stand. Most felt without the endorsement of the township, you are not a leader worth your salt. Perhaps there is a lot of good things that come or came out of Ndirande, me included.
One of the things I did on my vacation in Ndirande was to drink as many bottled Fantas (drinks) as possible knowing two things. First was remembering that in my youth it was only at Christmas that most families afforded the drink and that even when you had it, one bottle would be shared between three to four family members. So you see, drinking a lot of the Fantas was my show of defiance that now I can afford even a thousand of these bottled drinks at a go without blinking an eye. The most interesting thing was that at the end, I was not sure when I can say the drink tasted the sweetest; in my youth where it was rationed or now when I have the freedom of poking just a finger to have five bottles brought in at any time. I would say it tasted better during my youth since then it had true value, we cherished the value of the one bottle shared but also the brotherhood and sisterhood love that was exhibited through sharing of one bottle.
The second reason for the binge drinking of Fanta was that I was warned that it was rumoured that like Sobo Squash the drink would soon lose its original taste. People were so worried that they were going to lose another original authentic true Malawi drink they have known since times started to count. Fortunately, when I was leaving we still had the original taste Fanta drinks. Sobo Squash had just been re-instated in the market with the original taste that made it a candidate for export.
The quotes this week are from a book one of the church leaders in the United Kingdom wrote. We are commissioned to go and share the Good News and to make as many people access this Good News. This book spells out strategies on how you can reach the wider unreached areas on such a journey. I am sure the quotes from it will encourage and inspire you to seek more as you plan your pursuits in that regard. Read and enjoy:
MULTIPLANTING – A Vision for Growing Churches, Leaders and Mission by Colin Baron
“Saying ‘let’s have a go and see what happens’ can sound as though it lacks faith, particularly when you think of the heroes of Hebrews 11, whose faith operated as an assurance of what was not seen. And yet I believe the contrary is true. Because God has made promises regarding the future, and because we can hold those promises with the absolute certainty of faith, this gives us the freedom and confidence to try things in the present that we do not have certainty about, in the knowledge that they may be the things that God uses to bring his certain promises to pass.”
“Food and drink also feature heavily in the picture the Bible paints of the future. When Jesus spoke of the coming kingdom, one of the key images that he chose was that of a great wedding banquet, resplendent with good food and fine wine. This kind of language echoes Isaiah, who writes of that day: ‘On this mountain the Lord of Hosts will make for all peoples a feast of rich food, a feast of well-aged wine, of rich food full of marrow, of aged wine well refined’ (Isaiah 25:6).”