Today we heard this from our leadership team member Elise in Northern Uganda.
"[Today,] we traveled up to Kotido to mobilize some of our disciples to prepare for a Storying Together training.... This morning training starts, and we will see different sub tribes all come together in one accord to learn how to craft stories and ultimately take the gospel back to their villages and see the Kingdom spread!"
Friends, THIS is what it looks like to Walk Agape. It's different there than it is here - as it should be. But don't miss this - those sub-tribes, meeting around that table, in any other context might be ripping each other apart.
Literally. Over land or a cow or a crop, or for no other reason than the fact that they are different, blood would likely be shed.
So often in America we don't fully understand what Jesus meant when he said, "... I tell you, Love (Agape) your enemies and pray for those who persecute you." (Matthew 5:44) Here we might think of a work place competitor, or a school room bully, or even someone who is politically at odds with your point of view - but that is only just the beginning. Jesus is telling us to love those He has entrusted to us in our spheres of influence. The young, the older, the broken, the hurting, or more - rapist, the sexual offender, the con-artist who took your life savings, the burglar who murdered your mother, the cult leader who wooed your son away, the couple who sued you and ended your business. Agape is hardcore.
And it's not about some little simple, "God loves you," either. As He is in relationship with us, we are called to relationship with others. It is then that we are able to speak truth into each other's lives, hold each other accountable to growth and our continued transformation into the likeness of Jesus, from glory to glory.
It's not anything we can do ourselves - we have to go to the source Himself for this type of love. Agape comes from God and God is agape.
Friends, this is what Walk Agape looks like in real life, African terms. These sometimes warring tribes are coming together in the name of Jesus to learn how to spread the Good News through story to their own people. They are being discipled (Abide) and building relationship (GrowTogether) in order to move forward together (OneAccord) to spread the Gospel (Proclaim Everywhere) to the I reached tribes of the African bush.
Here we talk in theory, there, our sister Elise lives it out. Will you pray for this training for this training over the next two weeks?