The Widow’s Mite

By Joseph Mwaura, Sports Friends Kenya

“Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers.”  (Galatians 6:10)

This scripture from Galatians seemed to resonate with Grace when an ‘unusual’ announcement was made during her local church Sunday service recently. The service was being held by phone because of COVID-19. The announcement asked the congregation to donate foodstuffs to help special needs families living in one of the slums in the outskirts of Nairobi, the capital of Kenya.

Although Grace’s local church is situated in a place called Naivasha in rural Kenya, 80km away from Nairobi, to her donating food was an opportunity to express an act of kindness to the starving families and to plant a seed of happiness. Out of the little that she had, Grace, a single mother of four, was the first to respond to the call. She gave her widow’s mite to the cause; a 2kg packet of maize flour! Grace’s act of kindness inspired the congregation in her local church to consider giving the little they had in their granaries.

The widow’s mite (above right)

Jane, a widow raising six children single handedly, didn’t have much to give but her big heart drove her to solicit more from her neighbors and jointly they donated 12kg of beans. Grace’s 2kgs packet of maize flour multiplied into 140kg of maize and 50kg of beans being dispatched by the church in rural Kenya to a church in the slum of Mathare, Nairobi. The distribution of foodstuffs to the needy families was an expression of brotherly affection.

Sports Friends Kenya has been partnering with these two local churches, which are 80km away from each other, and which are different denominations. Sports Friends Kenya hopes to make disciples of the young people, their families and their communities through sports. In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, it was a great joy to see them work together and “let their light shine” before these needy families by being God’s hands and feet.

For Grace, Jane and other brethren in the rural village they understood that the best feeling in the world is giving!

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God works wonders when we submit to him. The story above occurred when Joseph, a staff member of Sports Friends Kenya, asked his pastor if the church would do a food drive for the needy as a way to celebrate Joseph’s birthday. Grace and Jane both have children who participate in the sports ministry program that Joseph runs. The strong bond between the young people and Joseph inspired the parents to give and give abundantly.  

“Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever!  Amen.” (Ephesians 3:20-21)

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