Kenya (MNN) — Spoken Worldwide continues to meet people’s practical needs through the lens of a Godwho loves everyone.
We reported on the situation in Kenya, where farmers, desperate due to COVID-19 lockdowns, are selling their daughters into forced marriages. How is Spoken Worldwide dealing with issues like this while still focusing on the Gospel?
Ed Weaver says, “We believe in handing out and dealing with humanitarian information, and in the community development: just what a community’s felt needs are, whether it is issues of trafficking, whether it’s issues of clean water and sanitation, whether it is better [husbandry], better crop growing, whatever it may be.”
Weaver says Spoken Worldwide does help with all of these things through the lens of the Gospel. This works, Weaver says, because God cares about the problems people are going through.
Humanitarian work and the Gospel go hand in hand
Weaver hopes that people ask, “Why are you helping me? I know you’re a Christian, but why would you help me? Our answer then is to say, ‘God loves us. He’s given us grace. He’s given us mercy. And let me explain what that meant to me in my life. And let me explain what that can do for you and your life.’”
The goal, Weaver says, is for people to see Christians as people who care for the needs of others because that reflects who Jesus is. The Church throughout the centuries has been known for helping people in need, and this has been one of the clearest witnesses that Jesus loves everyone and is the Lord of the world.
Weaver says, “What we’re doing is delivering a cup of water in Jesus’s name. But we’re not just delivering a cup of water. We’re saying, ‘Do you know who Jesus is? Let me tell you why he wants you to have this.’”
Pray that Spoken Worldwide will continue to be able to meet the practical needs that people face, especially during COVID-19. And pray that many will see Christians helping people in Kenya and be drawn to Christ.
The header image is courtesy of Spoken Worldwide on Facebook.