Contact
Streaming
Map
 
Enriching lives

An Astonishing Lesson

Home » News » An Astonishing Lesson

I went to Kenya as part of the Karibuni Children work party and experienced first hand the fabulous work the charity does. One morning we were invited to visit the homes of some of the children who Karibuni supports. The word 'home' probably conjures many images for us: a place of comfort, security; a place to be fed in body, mind and spirit; a safe space that has all the basic necessities of life — food, water, plumbing as well as space to be. The homes we visited were a long way from this. They were usually one room shacks made of sheets of corrugated metal, wood or cardboard; they had no facilities and most of the room was taken up with a bed on which all the whole family slept — sometimes 6/7 people. These homes were situated on what could easily be described as a rubbish tip which doubled as the children's playground.
Later that same day we had a very different experience. We met a group of young people in their late teens and twenties: Sarah was a doctor; Doreen a trainee teacher; Humphry an economics student and so we heard the stories of nearly 20 young people who had grown up in the same slums we visited that morning but who, through Karibuni, had received a life changing education. It was an astonishing lesson in transformation.
In the Christian church we often talk about the transforming power of God and especially at this time of year as we approach Easter and retell the story of the cross and resurrection. We talk of new life coming in spiritual terms; of grace and forgiveness, and it is easy to do so when we are so materially well blessed. Yet many in our world & society long for a more tangible transformation: if you are hungry transformation comes in food; if you are homeless it is shelter; thirsty it is clean water to drink; rejected somewhere to belong; if by an accident of birth you are given no future then education can offer a transformative path. As we celebrate again the joys of Easter; as we perhaps place spring flowers on a cross and revel in new life that comes from God I wonder how as 'His Body' we can enable others to know that transformation, in real terms, is possible. This Easter may we not just raise our voices in a heartfelt 'Alleluia!' but offer our giving, our caring, our time & talents to seek to transform our communities & world, even in some small way, that others may know new life.
For the Karibuni website, click here.

popular recent storiesAlso in the news

AMC Trinity
Rev. Richard Atkinson: Sat 06 Jun 12:00pm

Tomorrow, 7th June, is Trinity Sunday. In his live-streamed service from the minister, our minister Richard will preach on the Holy Spirit as Comforter, Advocate and Counsellor.As usual, the service can be accessed by clicking the Streaming button at the top right of this website's home page. By scrolling down you can also access our other recent services.The words of the hymns will be...

Thought for
Arthur Sara: Sat 06 Jun 5:00am

Arthur concludes this theme on 'The armour of God' with verses 17-20 from Ephesians, chapter 6:17 Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. 18 And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord's people. 19 Pray also for me, that whenever I...

AMC Richard Atkinson
Rev. Richard Atkinson: Fri 05 Jun 12:00pm

Reproduced from the Circuit magazine, July — September 2020. Click here for the magazine.It is very strange composing this piece in these uncertain times. By the time you read it things could be the same, restrictions may have been eased or sadly the lockdown may have become more severe. In the midst of these tempestuous times church life goes on. Firstly, I want to...