Africa: The Colors of Hope
In many bibles, the words of Jesus are written in red.
What did Jesus say?
“Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.” “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No man comes to the Father except by Me.”
He preached repentance and reconciliation. He preached the Gospel.
In every bible, the actions of Jesus are written in black.
What did Jesus do?
He healed the sick. He raised the dead. He fed the hungry.
If we are His followers, life is never an either/or proposition for us; we must do BOTH.
Speak boldly. Act justly.
We work against injustice. We seek to change a world in which infants starve to death, children are abducted and forced to kill their own families, AIDS ravages an entire continent, and young girls are forced into prostitution. We look upon the injustice that hangs over this world—that hangs over Africa—and we take a stand.
But what is the solution? Greater awareness? Social justice reforms?
No. That’s not enough.
It might surprise some. . .even offend some. But we don’t think the answer is found in the “expected” places. Not in government programs. Not in service projects. Not in education. Not in awareness.
Are these things good?
But there’s something better.
You see, the greatest injustice of all is that entire populations are never given the opportunity to hear and respond to the Gospel—the only source of true hope. Other answers offer only temporary solutions, but the hope of Christ pierces the darkness of this world into eternity. This is what sets us apart from any secular social justice movement…and we must be clear. Jesus didn’t die just to fix this physical world; He died so that we might be reconciled to Him.
This summer, Global Expeditions will travel to Uganda, Ethiopia, Zambia, and South Africa. We will teach. We will feed the hungry. We will counsel and support. We will play with children. We will serve in squatter camps. We will meet physical needs. And. We will share the eternal hope found through a relationship with Jesus Christ.
And so we lay out this call to you, in black and. . . red. Reaching out to physical need: our action. The hope of the Gospel: our words.
Action is our response to injustice.
We will act by traveling to Africa and ministering to physical needs. And. We will act by speaking the truth and the hope that is to be found in Jesus Christ. Black. Red. We will bring the Hope to Africa.
Written by Heidi Buxton
Global Expeditions Office Supervisor