“5 “When you enter a house, first say, ‘Peace to this house.’6 If the head of the house loves peace, your peace will rest on that house; if not, it will return to you. 7 Stay there, eating and drinking whatever they give you, for workers deserve their wages. Do not move around from house to house.”
The longer we serve in Pretoria, the more I have seen this principle work itself out. I’m collecting stories of these people of peace. Every ministry environment NieuCommunities is serving in is thanks to these types of people. What I’m learning by following this principle are several main things.
They have usually already heard God speak about their specific context. Our role is to help them bring that vision to fruition.
When we put our own hopes and dreams for South Africa aside, God seems to do more. We’re really good at testing this principle!
There are usually way more opportunities under the surface of these relationships than we have capacity for as a community. So we’re having to learn really quick what it looks like to empower other people as our primary work and not our secondary work.
Who are some of these people? We’ve shared their names before but here’s a running list…
- Pierre & Rialette
- Elmarie & Thomas
There are a few more we’re in relationship with. God seems to keep bringing them to us. We’re just trying to discern how to maintain healthy balance!