This July proved to be a busy month for Kingdom Families as we hosted four interns from the States and in the month held three all-day conferences, three church services and a pastors meeting. Every time we approach a church, our message is clear and simple. God calls His church to care for vulnerable people and children belong in families. He’s given us one drum to beat and we’ll gladly play this tune over and over as His Spirit leads.
Why do we find this message so worth being told? Why is advocacy the foundation of everything we do at Kingdom Families? It all gets back to one of our core beliefs: The local church IS the solution. We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again and again, unless the local church stands up empowered by the Spirit, no ailment in society can be resolved. This includes the orphan crisis, or the orphanage crisis or the care crisis or whatever crisis you want to label it. The solution resides within the church.
Advocacy is all about mobilizing the church. We have seen beautiful things happen just by presenting the Word of God in a church service or conference. People have not only volunteered to welcome children into their home, but they’ve also gone out and done it on their own. That’s why advocacy matters! Advocacy in local churches or with local pastors reveals the Spirit of adoption (Romans 8) that welcomes children into loving Christian families. Everything in Christian family-based care revolves around that Spirit we received when God brought us orphans into His family.
The last of our conferences was held at Pastor Eli Kiwelu’s church Nazareth Worship Center in Boma’ngombe. Pastor Eli was one of my first friends when I first moved to Moshi nearly eight years ago. To me, Eli and his wife Rosa exemplify the hope that we have for this nation. If vulnerable children in Tanzania can grow up to be men like Eli or women like Rosa, we know that this nation would be prosperous and healthy. That’s why getting behind couples like them is integral for us as missionaries. The children of this nation don’t need to be looking up at us Americans desiring to be like us. We need to be like Aaron and Hur holding up the arms of a Moses like Pastors Eli and Rosa, or Pastors Meshak and Neema, or Pastors Unity and Grace or Pastors Evarist and Aingaya. One day, us missionaries will not be here and our programs will be forgotten, but if we can help create an impulse where vulnerable families and communities can look to their godly national leaders, then we can say we did what God desired for us in that moment of time. Then we can see generations to come cared for in families and empowered by the Spirit.
Why advocacy? Because we desire legacy for Christ and His Church in Tanzania.