My favorite time of the week is almost always our Thursday trip into our Discipling for Development (D for D) Musovu community. I love the planning and teaching with my team members Dancila and Gaudance. They have become such excellent facilitators. They want to gain a better understanding of how to take a community through the problem solving process. I can help them gain this tool by leading/mentoring them through solving a couple more community wide problems.
The Musovu community has chosen to pursue the next topic on our syllabus to help them move out of poverty, or bring/build/raise up the Kingdom of God in their community. We are now pursuing the topic of financial stewardship. Through a skit we were surprised to find out there are over 2,350 references to finances in the Bible! We asked the community how many financial references in the Bible they know, and they came up with three, including verses about tithing, and the Malachi verse about robbing God.
I am excited to teach this group of very receptive people what the Bible has to say about our finances. I’ve had some Crown Financial Ministries material, but any teaching needs to be changed into an adult learning format. We have a CD with over a thousand community development lessons from C.H.E. (Community Health Evangelism). This is the development tool/model that Dr. Samson Retnaraj with EFM is using successfully in Nepal. In my search I found C.H.E. had already converted Crown Financial Ministries material into four large lessons! Dancila and Gaudance will meet a couple hours every week with me to go over the scriptures, to plan our lessons, and for me to get everything translated into good Kinyarwanda.
We had a great discussion last Thursday looking at passages showing God creating and owning everything, of his being ultimately in charge and in control of everything, and of our need to give everything we have to him. The lights came on for Ntakirutimana as we studied the Jehovah Jireh passage where God provided Abraham with a ram to sacrifice instead of his son Isaac. Ntakirutimana took us to some other passages on faith and trusting in God. Then he said, “Our having a deep faith and trust in God is foundational to our managing our finances well.” I couldn’t agree more. What excites me is that Ntakirutimana discovered this himself through and beyond our scripture study. He and pastor Ugiriwabo will use these same verses to teach the whole church on Sunday. I encouraged them not to tell what the scriptures say, but to read the passages, ask good questions, and let people discover for themselves what the Bible says.
Pray for Musovu, that they would grow deeply in their faith in God, that they would entrust all they are and have to him, that they would learn and apply God’s ample financial wisdom to their finances and that the Kingdom of God would grow in this area of their lives. Continue praying for husbands and wives to apply God’s commands to their marriages. Can you see Jesus’ Kingdom coming as lives are surrendered to God, as husbands and wives live in mutual submission and love to each other, and as they become excellent stewards of their finances, fields, and everything God has given them? Join me in seeing the Kingdom coming, in believing God for it, and in interceding with me, “May your name be glorified! May your Kingdom come! May your will be done in Musovu, just as it is accomplished in heaven!”
Contributed by David Thomas, Rwanda, Africa