With such great pride the tiny, barefoot and bald, coffee-bean colored little girl showed her teacher the closet-sized room she calls home. with such great excitement she introduced her new “mzungu” teacher to her mother who, upon seeing a white person for the first time, shrieked with glee and examined her closely. immediately a feast of rice and boiled bananas, the cheapest african staples, and of course all this family could afford, was prepared. these people did not apologize for the fact that there was no table or chairs for the meal or t he fact that all seven people could hardly fit comfortably in the house. they fed the teacher like she was a queen and wished they could give her something more, but rejoiced in what they had.

the african people have pride. not sinful pride, beautiful pride. pride in themselves, in what they have and what they have accomplished despite their circumstances, because they know it all comes from the Lord. they dont say “excuse the dirty, tiny house” or “sorry we don’t have much”; they say “look at what the Lord has dome for us! look at what God has provided!” they dont have much, but what they have they recognize as gifts from the Lord. thesse people know that blessings come from the Father alone, and with the things they have they boast of His greatness.

how much this teacher can learn from her students. how much i can learn from these people who so often seem to have nothing, and yet have EVERYTHING.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/17336414323649971229 VerDenia

    I just happened on your blog through other blogs… you are amazing! Can I send you a care package or something??? vght@aol.com

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/05181906961995838952 BSD

    Hi Kate. Just returned from the Ravenwood football game. So many people ask about and send their best. Many friends pray for you daily. Fall is in the air as temps are cooling.Miss you so. All my love. Dad

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/06389854228769303954 Brenda

    Hi Katie, It sounds like your spirit is soaring in the midst of so much misery. What a wonderful gift you are to these people. As the song says..”will you be the one to show them Jesus”? And u r!! God bless u and keep u safe. Lovingly in Christ…Brenda

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/04109197901745258023 Marni

    How I need to learn this lesson! All that I have is the Lord’s. There is no reason for me to be ashamed or apologetic for what I have, or the condition it is in — it is all a blessing from Him!Thank you, Katie.If you send out e-mail updates, can I be added? marniwalsh@gmail.com

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/12955029706756769653 Jewels of My Heart

    I am humbled….

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/00570992549443199154 Joyful Le

    Oh my goodness – conviction. How often have I made excuses for the state of my home, car, life, etc!! We have so much more than we need – and still it's not enough. LORD, give me a thankful heart! One that is blessed to share whatever I have because it was given from You!!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/09057400669050922789 Leah

    A friend recommended your blog and I have been slowly reading trough your posts. It is so amazing how God is using you and how you are letting him!