We recently received an urgent phone call concerning the children’s home, Miracle Power, which we help to oversee. This was the first call of its kind since we had been placed in a position to support the home. A boy, around three years old, had been found abandoned on the side of the road outside of Kisumu. He did not speak, could barely walk, and no one was around to claim him. The police picked him up and phoned the children’s services division. They then asked if we were in a position to accept the child. Our matron Rosemary agreed to take him in for a time, as we tried to relocate his family. He arrived without a name. The nine-year-old son of our director in the United States heard about the boy. That night he had a dream about Moses arriving at the palace by basket. He woke up the next morning and told his dad how he felt like the boy had arrived at the children’s home through divine intervention. He asked if we could call him Moses. Moses he became. Moses was certainly developmentally behind and we began searching for specialists in Kisumu to evaluate him. We are now in the process of assessing what his needs are and the long-term goals for his recovery. His biological family may have abandoned him, but the Lord has brought him to our Miracle Power family here in Kenya. He is making tremendous progress, and we are looking forward to seeing how the Lord grows him in the days to come.
As I thought about the story of Moses and his arrival to Pharaoh’s daughter in a basket, I was reminded of another basket mentioned in a sermon I heard once. A few years back our pastor, Bruce Chesser, preached a sermon titled “Holding the Rope” or “Get in the basket.” The sermon was profound to me at the time and remains profound still today. It is based on the Acts 9:23-25 passage. This chapter in Acts surrounds the life, conversion, and the beginning of Saul’s (later Paul) ministry. Saul met Jesus on the road to Damascus, and his life was forever changed. While in Damascus, he begins proclaiming in the synagogues that Jesus is the Messiah. The Jews conspired to kill him because of this message. His life is threatened due to his new faith. To escape death, his disciples lower him at night in a large basket through a hole, an opening, in the city wall to safety.
The Lord brought this sermon to mind, so I watched it again online. This time watching it, I have a totally different perspective. Keith and I are in the basket fulltime for this season. There are so many of you holding the rope for us each and every day. You pray for us. You give to us financially. You encourage us to persevere in the night. Bruce mentions in his sermon that often the spotlight is on those who are in the basket. Let me first say that we are not doing anything glamorous nor do we deserve any glory. We are only answering the call that the Lord has placed in our life. The ones who make it possible, our supporters, your role of “holding the rope” is just as important as being in the basket. We could not be here in Kenya doing what we do without you. By holding the rope you allow orphaned children like Moses to have a safe place to live. By holding the rope, you help feed 6,000 orphans and 600 widows three meals a week. By holding the rope, thousands receive free medical care and hear the gospel for the first time. You are making a difference in the lives of those here in Africa. The Lord is using you in miraculous ways. Those of you reading this in the United States are about to be entering a season of Thanksgiving. We want each of you to know that we are so thankful for your support. You truly help to provide for our needs by “holding the rope” whilst we are “in the basket.”