These were the words I remind myself daily, however I was reminded of these words again not from my own thoughts this time but from the director of the missionary centre.
"There is a reason God brought you to us Danielle"
As I thought upon the words daily here I began to ask God questions, "why am I here lord?"
I know I love young people, I love to encourage and inspire them I love to be used by God, to introduce people to Jesus who brings hope to the world. However I knew there was more, there is a reason He brought me to Act2 collective, in little old Asikuma village and not the other 5 placements in Ghana that IVHQ allocate people to.
I asked the lord, what do you want me to do?
I heard a still quiet voice and he said "To Love"
Those two words, so plain yet carries much depth that it is very hard for some of us to live by due to the rage of flesh.
I began to ponder on the word love, and I knew I had to go back to studying on Jesus because he is the best and only true example of what Love looks like.
After deep meditation on those words, I saw something that occurs every time we show an act of Love.
That word was GIVING.
To Give from the knowledge and understanding of the Love Christ gave to us.
As we freely have received we freely give.
For God so loved the world He gave!
When you love someone you show it through giving.
This can be giving your time
Giving your energy
Giving your intellect
Giving your finances
Whatever it is, love is about Giving.
"So lord how do l love these people, show me how do I love them?"
One major thing that worried my heart whilst being out here in Ghana, is missing what God wanted me to do, learn, take or give in this time I am out here in Ghana. The worst feeling would be that I came all the way to Ghana to serve in a missionary centre filled with 30 young kids, I had fun with them yes bought them things etc, however the main purpose God allowed for this trip to happen, I didn't even meet it.
I then was reminded of the verse in 1 Corinthians 13,
"That if I do all these great things but have no love I am nothing"
Meaning if I go to Ghana, and other countries round the world, visit many orphans, cuddle them, play with them even pray for them BUT have no love I have surely wasted my time and to be honest, their time too.
To love is to give, Jesus is love, so as I show love as I have love in my heart they are getting something much deeper much wider than they could even comprehend.
So what does love look like in Asikuma village in Acts2 collective.
First of all love is unconditional, and so therefore there is no conditions when there is love.
Therefore love has to be the source when I am getting up every morning at 5:30, even when it is so hard because I only had 3 hours of sleep as I am constantly finding it hard to sleep in Ghana.
Love has to be the source when I am getting water for the kids to bath at 6am in the morning as they get ready for school.
Love has to be the source when I am having to run around for 30 mins to just get Sarah to wear her school uniform and go to school.
Love has to be the source when I am helping the kids with their homework every night for an hour, whether it is helping Esther with her maths homework on division, Essai, China and Seth with their science homework, Kingsley with his English homework on prepositions and Wander with his religious moral studies homework.
Love has to be the source when I am asked to sing and lead a song every single service at their local church.
Love has to be the source when I am having to give out constant pencils, colours, pens and paper every 5 minutes because the kids lost theirs or claim someone stole it from school.
Love has to be the source in every single communication I have with the people I meet on a daily basis.
You see love doesn't just stop at the giving but it's from the understanding of the life that Jesus laid down for us! And as he freely gave to us, we must freely give.
Mathew 25:42 “For I was hungry and you gave me no food, I was thirsty and you gave me no drink, I was a stranger and you did not welcome me, naked and you did not clothe me, sick and in prison and you did not visit me.'”
In this verse Christ is talking about people around, the people you see on the street, the homeless, your friend, your enemy, those young people on the streets, the orphans he is talking about everyone.
It's already coming to 2 weeks I have been in Ghana and frankly it has been hard but one of the most needed and insightful experiences ever.
Every day must be spent purposefully. I have come to Ghana FULL! And I must leave empty having given all that I have and all I can possibly give. I can only pray that God gives me the grace to honestly give, lay down my life for these people, that they may also grow up to also give themselves to others and Jesus name will be glorified in all of it.
God bless you & thank you for reading!
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