In thinking about an article for the Dunamis for the Christmas season I was reminded that we as a denomination have set aside November as our “welfare” month. One Sunday in the month has been set aside so that assemblies can take up a special offering for our welfare department. Late in September of this year we had a break in at our old age home in Brakpan. Somehow the thief managed to get over barbed wire and a high gate, broke a window and used it to get into the kitchen. Fortunately our night staff disturbed the thief and he fled. The elderly in our care need our protection and it is therefore my hope that we will be able to use what ever funds we can get to upgrade the security of our old age home.
In our continued look at the servant leader I would like you as the reader to take a look at Luke 19:1-10. It is the story of Zacchaeus. He was a person who was despised by the people and linked to that he was a corrupt public servant. Yet it must also be said that in spite of how we look at people even a tax collector is not exempt from hearing about Jesus. One could preach a series of sermons regarding the attempt of this man trying to meet Jesus and the extent to which he was prepared to go just to have a look at Jesus. We could even preach about the foreknowledge of God in that Jesus knew Zacchaeus’ name whilst he was up in the tree and before they even met. The servant leader tries to help others grow, not by attempting to straighten them out but by establishing a relationship based on love and acceptance.
You as the reader have been reading many of the articles that have appeared in my column during the past few years, and you must be wondering what is happening in this welfare department. I am therefore departing from my normal practise of writing articles that relate to social development and have chosen to use this issue to inform you of what is taking place on the welfare calendar. First of all I want to thank God for the privilege of being able to head this vital department for the past six years. During that time I have been able to go to at least 20 assemblies, 2 districts and three regions, and present capacity building workshops over weekends to empower the local churches to get involved with the issues that are affecting the communities they are ministering to.