March 25, 2013
The following is a guest post from Kevin Adamson, who was a part of the Impact Trip visiting Kenya last week.
“As I reflect on my time here in Kenya, my second trip with CARE for AIDS, I am seeing this Biblical mandate of faith and works played out very clearly in my day to day. I am being challenged that maybe there is more to this idea of faith and works than we commonly think about in Christian circles.
A few weeks prior to my journey here in Kenya, I was reading through James 2:22. It says, “You see that his faith and his actions were working together, and his faith was made complete by what he did.” I was stopped on this phrase “working together.” As I searched deeper as to the intent of what James had written for us over 2000 years ago, I found that my eyes were being opened in a new way.
The people suffering here in Kenya from HIV/AIDS need many things. They must have the prescribed drugs along with a proper diet and medical counseling provided by CARE for AIDS working together to regain strength and live healthy. They need the spiritual counseling working together with the power and love of Jesus to begin to have a hope for the future. They need love and support, prayer and encouragement, all working together as their lives are restored.
The problem of HIV/AIDS in Africa is great. No one person or one organization can solve this problem. But we have the opportunity to be a part of the solution, working together with CARE for AIDS to accomplish the mission God has given them, “To mobilize the church in caring, both spiritually and physically, for families affected by HIV/AIDS in Kenya.”
The word James chose to use to describe, “working together” is “Synergos.” I am sure you recognize this word, synergy, as translated in English. Webster, or dictionary.com as we might say today, defines this word as the “working together” of two things to produce a result greater than the sum of the individual.
I am beginning to realize now how God was speaking to me when I read this verse in preparing for my time in Kenya. Of course it would be easy to just stop at James’ example of faith and works, which seems simple enough, right? If we just do these two simple actions we will be living as Jesus followers. I am trying to be more conscientious of this each day, and I am thankful God is opening up my heart and mind to this. After all, that is one of the reasons that I am in Kenya now.
What I am seeing unfolding now in front of me is how this working together, this synergy, is such a vital component of not only the spiritual transformation we as believers seek but also the mental and physical transformation so desperately needed in the clients which CARE for AIDS serves.
I hope you will consider joining us in this mission.”
Thank you to Kevin and the other Impact Trip participants for serving our ministry with their hands and feet. If you’d like to join us on this mission, come visit Kenya this summer!