The young man insisting my wife give him a loan was struggling to understand her English ... prompting me to leave the safe confines of my office and enter the dreaded mine field of micro loans in the developing nation of Uganda.
Several years ago, a benefactor gifted Next Generation Ministries with a significant amount of money as a foundation for short term micro loans to assist Africans. To evaluate the effort as completely frustrating and a huge disaster would be an understatement.
I began to launch into warnings about the borrower being a slave to the lender and how most people who have borrowed from us have never paid us back when I began to hear something different in my head.
"You man! What's wrong with you? The $60 this man wants is little money. You have that money. You are a king in the Kingdom. GIVE him the money."
I melted as all resistance evaporated.
|Patricia with week old baby Enoch|
|Vicky, Meddie, & mother in law enjoy the moment|
His face carried a stunned look as I called Vicky, the recent intern of MAP, and asked her to be ready for work in the morning. She had another NGM adopted mother. I then called the NGM Maternal Advocacy Program driver and told him he had work the following day as well.
It was only after making arrangements for all of us to travel out to Nyenga that Pam and I learned that Jonathan had been looking for money all day. He took off work and had only manage to gather a small amount of money. Because he worked near our home as a boda boda man (small motor bike that provides transportation) he was aware that we had made small loans in the past. He was our last attempt before giving up.
|Meddie shares Jesus with a mother who has had 7 miscarriages|
Jonathan arrived early the following morning with a light step and a big smile as he realized his family was experiencing the good and gracious provision of God.
As Vicky and I waited for the cashier to take his money at the hospital and the discharge papers to be filled out, our driver Meddie went across the aisle to do what he has seen me do so many time. He has been asking me to help him learn how to converse with people with the goal of sharing Jesus.
|Patricia, Susan, and Vicky after an exam|
We had just two more stops before leaving the young family at their home. The first stop was to have Patricia checked out by our new MAP nurse, Susan. Susan is helping the NGM MAP effort with post natal care for both mothers and babies.
|Ezra talks to God on behalf of the new family|
Then we gathered around Jonathan and Patricia, with the family on the veranda, as Ezra (an associate of NGM who specializes in media) prayed for mother, father, and baby.
Earlier this week I noted that Vicky had posted a single sentence on her Facebook wall. It simply read, "I love my job!" I think she speaks for all of us.
This is a lot more fulfilling than micro loans. Thank you Lord for the abrupt U turn. It yielded a MUCH better direction.