Have you ever gone on a God Hunt? A God Hunt begins when you teach yourself to look for God’s hand at work in the every day occurrences of your life. Here’s one of my personal God Hunt Sightings:
As I have been writing this week, I’ve been seriously praying (and fasting) once a week for our Global Bag Projectin Nairobi, Kenya. There a handful of African women are sewing artisan reusable shopping bags, which we are attempting to market and sell in the States.
Mary Ogalo, Project Coordinator of Global Bag Project Kenya, has a vision to employ some 1,000 women. There is no shortage of women-power, mothers who are desperate to lift themselves and their families out of poverty. The tagline for the Global Bag Project is: Buy a Bag. Feed a Family. Preserve the Planet. In just these few words, our mission is made clear.
Until website sales kick in, we are dependent upon friends and colleagues to hold small home or office parties and help us find markets for these beautiful products, cloth bags made out of East Africa indigenous fabric, the kanga cloth.
In case you’re wondering if these bags are actually well made, two nights ago, a woman came to me and said, “I teach domestic arts at the local college. These bags are beautifully constructed. I’m impressed.”—There you are!
Last month we received an e-vite to a summer backyard party thrown yearly by some friends. A companion phone call from the husband said,” We would like to have a small table for the Global Bag Project. Would you mind setting the table up in our garage?”
So, at an intimate backyard part for neighbors, work colleagues, and friends, without any presentation, we sold about $400 worth of bags! The Africa bags are beautifully made and, given half a chance, sell themselves.
This, however, has made me think of all the people who have stepped forward, never having met our work colleagues in the slums of Nairobi, to help these women help themselves.
The church I spoke at this week is thinking of holding a November meeting with the women’s ministry and presenting the Global Bag Project.
A church in Wheaton, Wheaton Bible Church, has ordered 50 medium-sized bags for a women’s retreat. A church in Vancouver has taken GBP on as a standing ministry and has sold dozens of bags. A college gal from that church took the bags onto her campus and sent us a surprisingly large check from those sales. One woman bought bags to give as gifts to friends; this was a memorial to her sister who died from cancer.
Countless people have held parties in their homes. Individuals have given gifts to buy the dual- power, commercial-grade sewing machines GBP provides for women who have passed their training and need a home machine in order to continue.
All this makes me think of the quote from the anthropologist Margaret Mead: “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.”
God works through exceptional AND ordinary individuals. But He really, really loves to work through exceptional AND ordinary groups of people.
I spy God!
Award-winning author Karen Mains has long had an interest in spiritual formation and the obedient Christian walk. She has written about the God Hunt in her book by the same name, The God Hunt: The Delightful Chase and the Wonder of Being Found. A hardback copy can be ordered from Mainstay Ministries for $10.00 plus $4.95 shipping and handling. Contact Karen at firstname.lastname@example.org and she will be happy to autograph a copy for you.
Karen continues to write content for her Christian blog, “Thoughts-by-Karen-Mains.” In so doing, she desires to touch the lives of Christian women and men and help them find ways to walk closer with the Lord Jesus Christ. In addition, through silent retreats, spiritual teaching, women’s retreats, Christian vacation opportunities, and other ministry activities, Karen helps each Christian woman and man receive vital spiritual food.
Through her Hungry Souls ministry, Karen serves as a spiritual coach to many Christian women and men, and teaches a mentor-writing class. And, through the Global Bag Project, she is working to develop a network of African women who sew exquisite cloth reusable shopping bags, Africa bags. This micro-finance women opportunity helps provide a much-needed sustainable income for struggling African families. For more information on this critically important project, please click here.
For decades, Karen and her husband, David, have served God through religious communications—radio, television, and print publication. They are the co-authors of the Kingdom Tales Trilogy: Tales of the Kingdom, Tales of the Resistance, and Tales of the Restoration. To find many valuable resources for pastors and congregations at the Mainstay Ministries main website, please click here.
Likewise, pastors will find special resources to help them prepare effective, life-transforming Sunday sermons by visiting David Mains’ website by clicking here.