Jo Parsons: November 2015
News from The Turning Point Trust
The morale was low that day in 2013, as the staff team met for prayer. After a decade of work in Kibera, we were feeling the effects of the global economic downturn and had had to make some brutal cuts to programmes benefiting those on the bottom rung. Heavy on our hearts was the fact that the TP children in government schools were not doing well, and we were getting very little relational time to impact them.
It was Florence who brought the challenge, reminding us of Exodus 4. God has spoken to Moses through the burning bush and given Him a specific calling. Doubting and fearful, Moses comes up with four different problems. Four times God adjusts his focus and says, 'it's not about you, it's about me.'
Then Moses answered and said, "But suppose they will not believe me or listen to my voice; suppose they say, 'The LORD has not appeared to you.'"
So the LORD said to him, "What is that in your hand?"
"A staff," he replied. (Exodus 4:2)
'What if we stopped looking at what we lack, and look at God's faithfulness over the years?' Florence said. 'What do we already have in our hand?'
At that moment something was unlocked, and our focus was adjusted. Unconsciously, we had slipped into a poverty mindset. We were looking through lenses which said "lack" instead of "God is able". That morning, the concrete vision for the Fountains of Hope School was born.
Technically there was no facility for it, yet we already had three centres in our hand! Mud-walled, tin-roofed, but adaptable and a clear testimony God's faithfulness. We stepped out in faith and in January 2014, began.
In 2015 we added another class and knew that we would soon need to rebuild. But with what? We had reached our limits, but were starting to see results.
In the last two years there has been funding support from three unexpected sources which we couldn't have predicted. Last month, a legacy we had no idea about came in. We needed to start rebuilding this November. By October, everything we needed was in the bank. God is able!
What do you have in your hand today? Does it seem ordinary or not enough? Offer it to Him. Readjust your focus. In God's hands, your humble 'stick' is a power tool for His glory.
P.S. If this Christmas you don't need any more "stuff", please consider asking for a Turning Point alternative Christmas Gift. Ranging from £5 to £30, they provide essential school equipment, microloans for parents starting businesses, and more. See full details on www.tptrust.org
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