Seeing what is possible
—Matthew 19:26; Luke 18:27It’s the year 2000 and I’m riding down sunny Uhuru Highway in Nairobi, Kenya, enjoying sights typical in most major cities. But then, the smooth pavement gradually transforms into a rugged, jaw–jarring terrain and our small car begins to struggle in and out of large, mud–filled potholes.
“Where are we?” I ask Sam, the driver. “Kibera,” he says. “We will reach the Salvation Army center soon.”
We ride past countless mud–brick, one–room shacks with rusty galvanized roofs, barefoot and tattered children, and rustic roadside vendors. We finally arrive at the center’s tall wooden gates.
Sam toots his horn, and the weathered doorways open inward, revealing a Kenyan corps officer couple wearing Salvation Army gray uniforms and broad smiles.
I spend the day with them, learning about their ministry that includes six outposts, serving 1,008 soldiers; a day–care center that serves 79 children; and a multipurpose center, whose primary focus is HIV/AIDS education and prevention where as many as 100 people frequently attend informative seminars.
In my eyes, the tasks with which these corps officers are charged seems overwhelming, given their meager resources. But in their eyes, I see a hope and an excitement that comes only when one sees beyond what is—and catches a vision for what is possible.
Today, are you seeing what is possible where you are—in your home, on your job, in your ministry, and in your life? Or are you burdened and frightened by what is? As a young pawnbroker’s assistant in London, William Booth’s eyes were opened to the desperate needs of poor and disadvantaged people. And God gave him a vision that eventually came to fruition as The Salvation Army.
In this Good News! you’ll read how people who were faced with adversity saw beyond their own challenging circumstances and caught a vision that transformed their lives and the lives of people around them. From the volunteers who reached out to apartment residents mourning the loss of their possessions and loved ones in a Harlem gas explosion, to grandmothers in Newark, NJ, who decided to offer their senior citizenship as a gift to precious little children, to a USA Eastern Territory that gives back to the world by refurbishing old corps buildings and planting new corps in distant lands, you’ll see what is possible—here and abroad—when you catch God’s inspiring vision for your life and for the lives of others.
by Warren L. Maye