“Our desire is not that others might be relieved while you are hard pressed, but that there might be equality. At the present time your plenty will supply what they need, so that in turn their plenty will supply what you need. The goal is equality, as it is written: “The one who gathered much did not have too much, and the one who gathered little did not have too little.”
2 Corinthians 8:13-15
Everyone has something to offer. Unfortunately, a common misperception is only those who have monetary or material wealth can offer of themselves to impact the lives of others. This misperception puts the people in our world on one of two sides, that of givers and that of receivers. However, we all have something to give and something to receive. Sometimes we are in need and other times we find abundance. Offering something valuable to someone can be our time, our energy, our resources, our wisdom, our friendship, our ideas, our love, or our skills. Each and every gift that we have to offer holds both value and potential for impact. Often the greatest thing we have to offer is not money or material possessions.
Too often, people living in extreme poverty have difficulty identifying what they have to offer. At eduKenya, we believe in positive transformation. We want our students to believe that regardless of their circumstances, they have something to offer. God has given each of them a gift to share with others. Because we bear God’s image, each of us has something to offer. As it is written in the scripture above, the goal is equality. In the context of that passage, the Jerusalem Christians shared their spiritual abundance with the Corinthian Christians and in return the Corinthians shared their material abundance. Both possessed a gift in abundance that they could extend in order to lift each other up.
Instilling the idea in the minds of our students that they are capable of doing for others goes beyond the classroom, we provide the opportunity to put it into action. Our students recently visited the St. Patrick’s Makueni Vocational Training and Rehabilitation Centre in Wote, Kenya as part of their community service. St. Patrick’s MVTRC is a home designed to provide care and education for individuals who have disabilities. The students spent their time cleaning up around the school, cutting grass, and pulling weeds. They also spent their visit engaging in fellowship with the individuals there. They shared in conversation, joy, laughter, and friendship. Going beyond simply giving of their time and service, some students took the initiative to bring personal items that they had a surplus of to share with the students of St. Patrick’s. Opportunities like this show our students that they were created in the image of God and for that reason alone, they have an abundance to offer to the world.