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 everyday occurrences of your life. Here’s one of my personal God Hunt Sightings:
Sometimes just a little word of encouragement goes a long way. The smallest commendation, casually spoken, can warm you for days. I often hear myself saying, weeks after the affirmation, “Do you know what So-and-so said to me?”
I realized that due to my busy schedule that I had left all the person-to-person contact between the Global Bag Project U.S. office and our Global Bag Project Kenyan manager up to Carla Boelkens, the GBP Director. (We have created a small microenterprise model where seamstresses sew handmade reusable utility bags that we are marketing here in the States. We hope, of course, to provide income for vulnerable women, living beneath the poverty line, so they can feed their families, pay their rent and send their children to school.) In fact, our tagline is“Buy a Bag. Feed a Family. Preserve the Planet.” (Well, “preserve the planet” may be a little grandiose—but if everyone carried one of our beautiful cloth bags made from East African cloth, it would certainly diminish the use of plastic sacks.)
Carla Skypes and excels at keeping up her relational contacts, even when people are a world’s distance away. But I realized recently that I might have a viewpoint to share with Mary Ogalo, our Kenyan Manager, that would be different from my co-workers, and one morning I shot her a long e-mail with a list of things we were working on that I thought would encourage her so far away from our Global Bag Project U.S. discussions.
She got back right away, thanking me for keeping her up-to-date. Then she made a report of her own. It seems that a voluntourism group of 16 Canadian women had stopped by the GBP sewing room in Nairobi, left donations for 7 sewing machines, then traveled to the village of Mary’s husband, George. Mary writes, “It was an amazing meeting of 2 worlds resulting in a dairy goat project.”
Well, I had written to encourage Mary, but after receiving her e-mail went around for days saying, “Mary Ogalo wrote. They have received donations for 7 new sewing machines, and the same women started a dairy goat project in George’s village.”
God is so present when we speak words of kindness and affirmation to one another. It actually does set off a physiological response in the soulish part of our being. Just a small word or two … “7 sewing machines and a dairy goat project” and I was happy, warmed, grateful, lifted. And these aren’t even our goats (having to do with the Global Bag Project). They are Mary’s George’s village’s goats. But I am as glad as if they were our own.
It’s amazing, isn’t it, what a long way a small word of encouragement can go.
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.