Everyone has those days when they wonder if what they are doing is doing any good at all. It’s so easy to get discouraged and frustrated at times. It can feel like you are spinning your wheels doing so much “stuff” that doesn’t really make an eternal impact.
The staff at Sports Outreach Kenya had one of those days last December when they learned that the land on which they were operating was sold out from under them. What would they do without the school? Where could they host the feeding, sports and compassion programs? I spent a few minutes on the phone with the leader of the Kenya team, Pastor Francis Juma. Together we reflected on the words from Hebrews 6:10, “God is not unjust; He will not forget your work and the love you have shown Him as you have helped His people and continue to help them.”
The decision was simple and straight forward. We will not give up. We will not quit. We will keep giving 100%. We will maintain our honor and integrity and do whatever it takes to continue to serve the poor, imprisoned, widowed, sick and disadvantaged that God has called us to in the Mukuru slum of Nairobi!
Friends, two weeks ago I was back in the Mukuru slum and the staff of Sports Outreach honored that renewed commitment from December. All aspects of the ministry continue at a high rate of effectiveness and efficiency. I spoke with mothers, teachers, students, HIV positive women, and children who were fearful and discouraged in December that our work might be forced to slow down or even stop. Today they are appreciative and thankful for the faithfulness of God and the staff of Sports Outreach Kenya. Over 525 children are being fed daily (up from 365 in December), participation in the sports ministry has grown 22%, compassion ministry and outreach is up nearly 38%, vocational training and public health programs continue to empower others and the number of children receiving tuition grants for school will soon double! Wow, how great is that?
Remember that all of us (everyone receiving this letter and the entire staff of Sports Outreach) are a unified team. Daily we meet challenges and obstacles while striving to “Restore Hope and Transform Lives.” God sees our work. He sees the motives and the pureness of heart we carry for the people we serve. The efforts in Kenya are a witness to that shared work.
May we thank the Kenyan Sports Outreach staff together for their determination and faithfulness to continue to serve despite the challenges? In the words of the apostle Paul we are all blessed and encouraged by “remembering before our God and Father your work of faith and labor of love and steadfastness of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ.” (1Thessalonians 1:3)
Rodney L. Suddith, President