Krista Lynn Campbell

give generously (pausing to praise series)

Following home visits with two sponsored girls in Kenya, we returned to the Compassion Project for final prayers and tear-filled goodbyes.

An unknown woman entered the room and was introduced as Nbete (Betty), one of the Project’s cooks. Before we left, she wanted to give us a gift.

A gift?

For us?

During our time at the Project, hardboiled eggs with buttered bread appeared for breakfast. Rice, potatoes, and chicken arrived at lunch time. After meals, dishes were gathered and cleaned.

When Nbete wasn’t tending to our meals or cleaning up after us, she stirred large pots over an open fire and prepared food for 250 hungry bellies. Unnoticed, Nbete performed her job with a servant’s heart.

We hadn’t met nor spoken; she served quietly in the background. Now, she offered a gift.

Embarrassed and humbled, we accepted the colorful, handmade basket and gave hugs in return. The Director translated our gratitude to this generous woman.

Life in rural Kenya is a life of poverty without electricity and running water. The basket reminds us to give generously like Nbete.With limited resources, she gave from her heart.

But a poor widow came and put in two very small copper coins, worth only a few cents. Calling his disciples to him, Jesus said, “Truly I tell you, this poor widow has put more into the treasury than all the others. They all gave out of their wealth; but she, out of her poverty, put in everything—all she had to live on.” Mark 12:42-44 (NIV)

In the midst of the pandemic, pause to praise and practice heart-grown generosity. Handwritten notes or emails to encourage one another, a container of pansies on the doorstep of someone struggling, or fire up your oven and bake blessings.

This week, dear friends surprised us with a bag dangling from our doorknob. Inside, a note read ‘quarantine medication’ along with four pieces of chocolate cake topped with peanut butter icing.

As generosity grows in our hearts, it spills out in words and deeds. Small offerings produce large blessings. Giving generously cultivates smiles, hope, and love to those around us.

Please share in the comments how you paused to praise and practiced generosity like the widow and Nbete.





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