Tuesday, March 23, 2010

It Was Written- Damian Marley

And it was written up in the book of life
That man shall endure forever more
Well, did you know the pen is stronger than the knife
They can kill you once but they can't kill you twice
Did you know destruction of the flesh is not the ending to life?
Fear not of the anti-Christ
Your body is just a vehicle transporting your soul
It's what's inside of people is beauty to behold
Fear not of evil, every day them flesh it grow old
Changes of the times take a toll

There are two ways to be rich: by how much you have, or by how little you want

This is the story of a little boy who by just living the life he was created for, blessed and changed ME forever.. I taught English and Math at a preschool in Kenya, which has been recently named "Miracle Victory Feeding Center". MVFC is located in the heart of Kibera and serves not only as a Preschool, but a feeding center and shelter for nearly 60 children. We would arrive at school around 9am and stay until lunch around 12am. From the first time we arrived till the end, each and everyday these kids would come rushing to the door, with smiles and laughter ready to sing and dance with the 6 crazy mizungus who had just entered. Speaking of smiles and laughter this brings me back to the boy; Pastor Teddy was his name. We called him Pastor, not because he wore a suit and tie, stood on the pulpit or baptized people. He was Pastor Teddy because even in his 3 year old body he had a voice and heart that blessed anyone that was around him.

1 John 7-12 (ESV)

"Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God. Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love. In this the love of God was made manifest among us, that God sent his only Son into the world, so that we might live through him. In this is love, not that we have loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins. Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. No one has ever seen God; if we love one another, God abides in us and his love is perfected in us."

Teddy showed the heart of God in everything he did. I look back now to a morning where Teddy came in MVFC with a a single slice of bread, a luxury for him to have. Instead of eating the whole slice to himself he began going up to each child that had been crying (most likely due to hunger pains), ripping corner by corner and handing it out to each kid, before taking the last little bite to himself. I almost began crying, watching how with even what little Pastor Teddy had, he cared more about loving the people and community he was around, more than satisfying his own self interest. On that day, God chose to use a small boy like Teddy to reveal how great and AWESOME God's love is. I will always remember Pastor Teddy. Can you imagine a life where people cared more about loving others rather than pleasing themselves? What would that look like? With Teddy as an example lets pursue furthering the kingdom together!

R.I.P Pastor Teddy We Love You!
(Teddy passed away while we were in Kenya due to a stomach ulcer from eating out of the garbage)


This summer i will be going back to Kenya to visit the Children in MVFC. Please keep thoughts and prayers towards these children. Please post comments if you would like to know of ways to assist in helping these children. Much love!

Fear is in the eye of the beholder
Love is in the presence of the love maker
Life is in the words of the comforter
Endure much longer, live much longer
A wester on his chest and Rastafari is his name
A gift of everlasting life for all us to sustain
Blessing that you all be got
Lessons taught you all forgot

And it was written up in the book of life
That man shall endure forever more

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