‘For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’ “Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’ “The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’ - Matt 25:35-40
Meet Miss Kure Mary. Mary’s family was visited by one of our church planters, Sunday Ajileye, who is working with communities in Kwara State, Nigeria. Mary and her family were not believers and struggling to make ends meet. Mary wanted to go back to school but was unable due to lack of finances. She stayed home with her father, mother and her older sister, who was pregnant.
Mary’s desire to go back to school got stronger and stronger. She wanted to learn to read and write and help her family. As church planter Sunday got to know the family more, he discovered that Mary could speak English quite well. She found a person in Lagos who gave her a job as a house maid and used the earnings to pay for school. That job ran out and Mary had to withdraw from school and move back home.
Church planter Sunday kept visiting the family and, as a result, Mary professed her salvation. She was the first one in her family to become a Christ follower. This excited Sunday and he was moved to try and do something more for Mary. He was reminded of the vision of the church planting training which is to cause a transformation in the families which we believe will cause community and national transformation through the leadership of Jesus. He thought, “What would Jesus do when faced with such a situation?”
Sunday went to his church family and shared Mary’s story with them. The congregation united and agreed to put what funds they had together and send Mary to school. Mary was excited to start school again and, at eighteen, wanted to start over at the beginning grade. The school interviewed her and discovered she was much more advanced and would start at a much higher level. Within 3 years she will be ready for University. Please pray for Mary as she completes her studies.
We praise God for men like church planter Sunday who have the passion and desire to share the love of Jesus through planting churches and changing communities. If you would like more information on Lead Like Jesus’ church planter training program, click here.
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