A Seat at the Table
“The Old Testament truly comes alive in our context.”
Ellie and I probably spend the most time with our neighbour, R. She’s a 30-something single with a whole lot of sass and hilarity, so naturally, we were drawn to her right from the beginning. She’s our bestie!
She contracted spinal tuberculosis in secondary school and eventually was unable to walk at all. Today, she uses a metal-framed walker to get around, always hopeful that “God would allow me to walk one day.”
Ellie and I recently shared the story of Mephibosheth and David with her, explaining that David’s heart is like God’s heart in this story. He longs to honour us— crippled, dirty, and broken— and restore us to a place of honour. He invites us to come, sit, and eat at his table!
We explained that the sacrifice of Jesus takes away our shame and restores that honour for us. We have now been invited to dine with God! We ended the conversation letting her know that Jesus is inviting her— yes, even her— to eat at that table.
Story by Samantha
Samantha has been part of a ministry outreach team among the Digo people of coastal Kenya since 2015. Since arriving, she and the team have been studying language and culture, as well as establishing relationships within the community in hopes of being able to speak Jesus’ Good News to the heartfelt needs of the Digo.
“Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen.” Ephesians 3:20-21
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One corner of creation
“There is such beauty on this island… but beyond that natural beauty, there is beauty in God’s best creation – people. The people of Antanamivony, our village, have welcomed us with huge open arms.”
The Lopit live in villages tucked amidst the slopes of the densely forested mountains of South Sudan. “It kind of feels like you’re in the middle of nowhere,” says Ashley. “It’s very remote – you kind of feel like nobody knows this place.”
Imagine walking down a busy market street in North Africa, catching the eyes of a few veiled women, a handful of school children, and some shopkeepers…