How would you feel if you felt God was asking you to sell everything you had to follow him? Would it be hard? What would be the hardest thing to part with?
After deciding to make this move to Uganda, we decided that we could feasibly only take one bag per person so everything else had to go. At first I wasn't sure how I felt about all this. I was actually kind of excited being that I'm a minimalist. Kristi and I have had this thing going on for the 9 years we've been married where I'm constantly asking her what we can get rid of in our home. She usually replies, "we don't need to get rid of anything!" but every once in awhile she plays my little game. Last summer she let me get rid our living room furniture and go "Moroccan" by filling our living room with rugs and floor pillows. This was a different ball game. I realized I actually like stuff! I like stuff that makes it look like I don't have stuff. I like having this cool little Netbook that I'm using right now because I can tuck it away and it feels like I don't have stuff....
So we're doing a moving sale right now. We have taken everything we have (minus a suitcase worth of stuff) and priced it and filled our living room. We put up signs around town and have had probably hundreds of people constantly coming through our doors taking our stuff. Now that more than half of it is gone, it is feeling pretty good. It is actually a really freeing experience. It's funny, some times I get pious and feel good about myself for "sacrificing so much" for God and shortly after I'm humbled because I realize I am not giving to him, he's giving to me. It is he who is doing the good work in me by giving me freedom.
All that being said... I still have my mountain bike because no one has bought it so everything is okay :) - kenneth
You're looking at a picture of our soon-to-be house! It will be a different experience living in a house with no living room, bathroom or kitchen. As it stands right now, we have no running water or electricity. However, we are hoping they will put a tap in on our property, meaning we'll have water in our backyard instead of having to haul it from town in jerrycans! We also have a "latrine" somewhere at the back of the property but nowhere to shower or bathe.
All of this is doable for me, but when Kenneth told me we might be cooking over a fire outside I hesitated. A fire? Like camping? I mean, I love to camp, but every day, three times a day....that does NOT sound appealing. In fact, it just may be a dealbreaker.
I know, I know....ambushes, killings, tribal warfare, constant dirt, no electricity, no running water, no SHOWERS and the cooking is the dealbreaker? What can I say...I'm weird. Thankfully my husband understands that about me and was very willing to compromise. A propane stovetop!! Very doable :)
Now about the no shower thing...
I finally saw the movie "2012" tonight; a movie about the end of the world based on a prediction from the ending of the Mayan Calendar. I was first repulsed by the typical "escape near death experiences a million times in a minute scenes," until the heart and message of the movie began to appear.
Basically, the world is ending in a matter of years and national governments begin to plan for it by building these ships to save a handful of people in order to continue the human race. The 7 ships will hold a total of 400,000 people which is a handful compared to the 6 billion people on the planet.
The big question that begins to emerge in the movie is "How is it decided who gets a ticket?" onto one of these ships. By the way, the tickets are called "green cards." Coincidence, I think not. It becomes clear to the goodhearted people in the movie that green cards are being sold to the wealthy of different countries at 2 billion Euros a seat. As they board the ships and close the doors, thousands of people are screaming on the other side of the gate because they know they are about to die. Even the Asian workers who built the ships are not allowed in. "Adrian" walks into his room on the ship, and is indignant that he is given a private room when 10 more people could be crammed in. That for the sake of his luxury, people will die needlessly. Even in the face of death, the powers that be are considering their luxury.
What a commentary on the world we live in?! Hundreds of thousands of people are starving and dying all around us everyday while we enjoy our luxuries. The fact that I am not indignant that I got to go out for a $5 cup of ice cream while someone died of hunger today sheds light on my own character. The fact that we close our borders to people who need our help because they do not have a "green card" sheds light on the character of the nation we live in.
It was the personal stories of the movie that got me. Families dying together, children saying goodbye to parents, fathers calling their sons to wish them well, and so on...these stories broke my heart. When will the priviledged few (I am in this group) look beyond themselves, or even their nation, to the world around them as one people in need of salvation? We have ALL THE MEANS to make it happen!
If you are an American you are in the top 2% of the richest people in the world, regardless if you make minimum wage. Please, let us help!
"When a poor person dies of hunger, it has not happened because God did not take care of him or her. It has happened because neither you nor I wanted to give that person what he or she needed." - Mother Theresa
Kenneth and Kristi Williams
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