Greg King

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I Need Africa More Than Africa Needs Me

I was asked by Mocha Club to write about the concept of why “I need Africa more than Africa needs me.” Mocha Club [www.mochaclub.org] is a community-based website where members like our family can start a team and invite friends to join them in giving $7 a month – the cost of 2 mochas – to support a project in Africa. Mocha Club’s vision is to provide a way for people who don’t have hundreds or thousands of dollars to make a difference in Africa.

After watching this video the faces and images that I saw in Africa just over 10 weeks ago came flooding back to my mind and my heart. The truth is those faces are with me everyday. Almost everyday I try and process something that happens in my life with the new reality that I gained in the villages of Kenya. My new reality is this: Circumstances do not define happiness. For too long I have allowed my circumstances to dictate my joy in this life. This way of thinking was shattered as I watched men and women sing and dance while experiences challenges that I cannot even comprehend.  The fact is I have so much…too much. How can I not give with all that I have and all the things that I feel I have to have in this life. I think Mother Teresa was talking directly to me when she made this statement:

It is a poverty to decide that a child must die so that you may live as you wish.”  -Mother Teresa

So while I know that I am needed and can make a difference in Africa, the truth is I need Africa more than Africa needs me.

Please Share your thoughts in my comments, and even blog about it yourself. I would love to see the people that read this blog make a real impact in the lives of our brothers and sisters in Africa. Join in this worthwhile cause of recasting the damaging images that force pity over partnership. If you would like to join my Mocha Club team please click on this link: My Mocha Club Team and then invite your friends. The time has come where we can no longer just sit by and do nothing.

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December 2, 2008 Posted by | Africa | 2 Comments

God Uses the Ordinary

002The other day I had the opportunity to take a private guided tour through the Billy Graham Library here in Charlotte. To be honest I wasn’t expecting to be as moved as I was while visiting the library. I just could not get over the fact that God takes the ordinary and makes them extraordinary. How else can you explain an ordinary country boy from Charlotte rising up to become one of the greatest voices for God the world has ever heard? To see how God’s invisible hand was moving throughout the years in Billy Graham’s life was breath-taking. To think, that same God, is moving in my life and wants to use me to accomplish His purposes. No matter who you are or where you are it all begins with a prayer of submission. I love how the Message says it:

“So here’s what I want you to do, God helping you; Take your everyday ordinary life-your sleeping, eating, going to work, and walking around life-and place it before God as an offering.” (Romans 12:1-2).

December 2, 2008 Posted by | Leadership | 2 Comments