I originally wrote this post after my first trip to Kenya in December 2013. Its a simple lesson, but one I think about often. This morning, enjoy a post from the archives! 

Graduation is an incredible time at the CARE for AIDS centers in Kenya. On the December trip, we were blessed to be able to attend the graduation at Kiganjo. The clients were so joyful- there was singing, dancing, food for the entire community- but the thing that stood out to me most was the message from one of the graduation speakers.  He stood before the group of 80 clients and held up what was equivalent to a $20 bill.  He asked the clients what it was worth, and, as a group, they replied “$20″….

He then took the bill, crumpled it up in his hands, threw it on the ground and stomped on it.  He held the bill in front of the group again and asked- “Now, how much is this worth?”

The class looked and the dirty, crumpled, stomped on bill and still responded “$20”.

“Exactly”, he replied.  Even though the bill had been put through more than most, smashed, and nearly destroyed, it still held its value.  A $20 bill is a $20 bill, no matter what it looks like or has been through.

The message for the clients, and for each of us, is that we have an inherent worth and dignity because we are made in the image of the Lord.  No matter the circumstances of our lives or the issues and burdens of our pasts, we are so worth loving and our lives are so worth living.

I am so excited that the Kayole center will be graduating a class on January 29th.  Please join our team as we pray for the 80 clients who are graduating- that they may know their worth and that they would go on to live full, beautiful lives full of that knowledge!