Water is especially beautiful when it reflects the sun, isn’t it? As a child growing up in California, I loved to watch the sun setting over the Pacific Ocean. Wherever you live around the world, it is likely that you have taken a few moments to savor the light reflecting off of water. We all love the beauty of reflection.
In his letter to the church at Corinth, the Apostle Paul said that our generosity reflects glory and thanksgiving to God: “You will be enriched in every way so that you can be generous on every occasion, and through us your generosity will result in thanksgiving to God. This service that you perform is not only supplying the needs of the Lord’s people but is also overflowing in many expressions of thanks to God. Because of the service by which you have proved yourselves, others will praise God for the obedience that accompanies your confession of the gospel of Christ, and for your generosity in sharing with them and with everyone else” (2 Corinthians 9:11-13).
When we give of ourselves, and of the resources we have been entrusted with, it reflects the character of our generous God. And, as a bonus, it prompts generosity in others! We have seen this phenomenon at work recently at Hope Haven Rwanda, especially in the kitchen.
Our campus was dramatically transformed because of the generosity of an incredible family in the US. They are not seeking any acclaim, and their name will never be on any buildings, but the spiritual seeds that these generous Christians have planted has resulted in a heap of generosity! Someday, I am confident that they will see a rich harvest of spiritual fruit from these seeds and I can’t wait to celebrate it with them for eternity.
One of the most obvious contributions this family made was our new kitchen. Our former kitchen was housed in an open-air building that was designed for use as an animal stall. Our cooks, Jerome, Joyeuse, Eugene and Leah worked diligently each day to plan menus and prepare meals, and they did it with style! I loved walking by the wooden kitchen and being greeted with giant smiles while Christian music played loudly on Eugene’s phone. The tone was jubilant, and the team overflowed with energy and passion for their work!
Now, in their new kitchen, with so much more space and upgraded equipment, the joy continues! They also added three new cooks to their team. JP, Thierry and Sifa jumped right in and they work together to deliver nutritious meals to the community.
I am really proud of our cooks and grateful for the way that they serve so selflessly. They get up early every morning to prepare the morning porridge, followed by a nutritious lunch of beans, rice and vegetables for hundreds of students, staff and faculty members. By God’s grace, in 2019, we will serve more than 235,000 meals!
Because someone generously provided the funding for our new kitchen, and several other parts of the Hope Haven Rwanda campus, our cooks are replicating generosity in the way that they serve others. It is a beautiful reflection—for God’s ultimate glory!
“Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously. Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. And God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work” (2 Corinthians 9:6-8).