Guest blog and photography by Mark Miller: VP of Training and Development for Chick-fil-A, co-author of bestselling book The Secret, and chairman of the CARE for AIDS Board of Directors.
Years ago, I had the opportunity to shoot for an international missions group. When I asked about the specifics of the assignment, I was told that their staff would pray for me daily that I would “See with God’s eyes.” Their assumption, if I saw as God sees, I’d shoot what I needed to shoot. That has been my prayer ever since. I want to “See with God’s eyes” every day of my life.
With that prayer in my heart, I think I caught a glimpse of God’s vision for Kenya this week. Although I’ve been to Africa many times I saw it with fresh eyes this week. I saw the needs of people, the power of God’s love, and the impact that CARE for AIDS is making in Jesus’ name like never before. From the celebration of graduating clients, to the visits in the homes of clients, to the CFA Staff meeting, God’s hand was evident.
It was inspiring to hear the testimonies of clients at the Banana Hill Center at the end of their 9 month encounter with the love, encouragement, challenge and support from the CFA staff. These men and women live with a renewed hope and vitality that is nothing short of miraculous.
In the home visits, we were given the privilege to hear individual stories of tragedy and triumph. One family told us of the violence and civil unrest of 2008 that brought them to the region. They shared their fears of returning to their previous home and the critical support CARE for AIDS has provided in this time of uncertainty.
At the staff meeting this morning all the CARE for AIDS staff assembled for their staff meeting – God was in their midst! They worshipped, shared, learned and prayed about how to make each center more effective. I specifically enjoyed the remarks form Duncan Kimani, the CFA Kenya Director.
He reminded the staff of three things…
The OPPORTUNITY God has given them as a staff;
The RESPONSIBILITY they have to make the most of that opportunity;
The ACCOUNTABILITY they all share – not accountability to CARE for AIDES, or their local church, but the accountability to God for what’s been entrusted to them.
As I write this post, I think that’s a great reminder for me, and all of us in the States. To whom much is given, much is required. I’m recommitting to do what I can. That’s my prayer for each of you. Let’s not miss the Opportunity, the Responsibility nor the ultimate Accountability for all that’s been entrusted to us.
Please continue to pray for Kenya, CARE for AIDS and that we’ll all see the world with God’s eyes.