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WIDOW’S FOOD
“Those who travel from place to place as evangelists or missionaries in any line should receive hospitality from the members of the churches among whom they may labor. Brethren and sisters, make a home for these workers, even if it be at considerable personal sacrifice.” {6T 344.3}

“Christ keeps an account of every expense incurred in entertaining for His sake. He supplies all that is necessary for this work. Those who for Christ's sake entertain their brethren, doing their best to make the visit profitable both to their guests and to themselves, are recorded in heaven as worthy of special blessings.” {6T 344.4}

“But the Lord has given the work of entertaining to all His people. It is not in God's order … for workers to be paid for entertaining their brethren. This is an invention born of selfishness, and angels of God make account of these things.” {6T 344.2}



For all prayer warriors, this story will show you another thing to pray about.

Though 2 pages long, it is worth reading. It is an amazing lesson pressed strongly on my heart. I went to Kalima knowing they were desperately hungry. I begged God to give me 600-1000 for food to take in to them. He chose to answer that prayer in a most different manner. He chose to test their faith and mine sending me in there without any more than 5 dollars to survive for 2.5 weeks. It was impossible for me to buy any food. In my desperate condition, I suffered hunger also with them. I fainted several times and understood their strong need. If they were too weak to work in the garden or insects ate their crops, there was no way to survive but to beg.



I was so impressed by the people of Kalima there in the rainforest jungle. The head elder’s wife had a business of growing things in her garden and selling them. The onions that she set aside for our visit stayed fresh while those she sold to others and were not yet eaten, spoiled. She was quick to see the hand of God in blessing her.

She saw that the pan of flour used to make corn mush they call ugali did not fail. For 2 weeks she fed many guests and also the workers who did night security guard and fetched water and swept floors plus assisted in clinic.

To her astonishment, the level of the corn meal did not diminish. After the second week it was obvious that God was doing the Elijah widow food miracle.

The head elder works for ADRA and helps get food and clothing to the people in that region. He works hard. He has a steady job and is building a nice home. They have taken in some orphans as well.

In this poorest of villages, torn up by the ravages of war, they treated us missionaries with the most hospitality. Dr. Matenda saw to it that no one asked us for any money. He knew of all the sacrifices a doctor makes to render free medications, services, and providing of free glasses. He knew I had no income to sponsor my own children in school. He knew my husband struggles to provide for the boys schooling. He knew I had only 5 dollars and no possible way home. He insisted that they permit him to cover any expenses. It seemed strange to hear him say this. He had no job. He had lost it in the process of arranging evangelism of his village. This dear man had lost his job at the university of Lukanga because of his desire to see his own native village reached with the gospel for only 2 weeks. He had given his all as he had seen how when God called me, I left my business and work by faith alone all over the world. My food is totally dependent on kindness in hearts. Since all things work together for good…Ro. 8:28, even the lack of money is God’s plan to watch for people HE CAN BLESS. When they are sharing all they have with us, He in turn blesses them not just one day but for years.

In the 14 years we have served as missionaries, I have seen people that I gave dollars for a generator rental and fuel, use that money to pay for my food. Then we are struggling at night to preach the gospel with no electricity. They argue that the tiny generator is enough to power up our projector. They refuse to listen for the larger generators cost more. Dishonesty in use of funds is such a head ache on each mission.

They are happy when others begin donating food from clinic in gratitude because they have less they need to buy in food to feed us. They cheat themselves out of eternal blessings, and wound our hearts. All are to do their part if they wish to see God bless them. They often whine and keep asking me for my lap top and projector instead of asking God for what they need. They take up big offerings at my meetings and refuse to use any of it to defray expenses I face in evangelizing their village. Well, they are only hurting themselves and the stories in the BIBLE OF THE WIDOW are there for all of us to learn to care for strangers and missionaries.

Since “all things work together for good”, even the lack of funds is HIS PLAN for teaching lessons. I just have to be patient and let my needs be known when I am starving to death like just happened in Kinshasa and in 60 hours travel to and from Kalima.

Dr. Matenda’s influence led the people in Kalima to treat us the way God intended. Though they had less than anyone else, they fed us with out pay. They had to pray daily and God rewarded their faith and took record of their obedience in treating HIS SERVANTS as they would have treated Jesus.

A government official came to look at the visa stamped in the passport and all documents including the immunization records and the letter of invitation. He demanded over one hundred dollars for his “service”. He got nothing as far as I know for I had nothing and just ignored him and kept on serving people in clinic and evening meetings. He came at least 5 times. He spoke with head elder and pastors for I could not speak his language anyway.

A widow with 8 children came with a nice pan full of whole grain rice. I hesitated in accepting her gift. How could she feed her children. Then Jesus strongly told me that He was just waiting to bless her if I could eat her gift. I saw the two possibilities looming in my face: If I ate, she could have food for years and eternal blessings. If she sold it to me and charged me for cooking it, her little dollar would be gone by the time the week was over and she would be hungry again and no blessing would be on her home.

“Those who travel from place to place as evangelists or missionaries in any line should receive hospitality from the members of the churches among whom they may labor. Brethren and sisters, make a home for these workers, even if it be at considerable personal sacrifice.” {6T 344.3}

“Christ keeps an account of every expense incurred in entertaining for His sake. He supplies all that is necessary for this work. Those who for Christ's sake entertain their brethren, doing their best to make the visit profitable both to their guests and to themselves, are recorded in heaven as worthy of special blessings.” {6T 344.4}

“But the Lord has given the work of entertaining to all His people. It is not in God's order … for workers to be paid for entertaining their brethren. This is an invention born of selfishness, and angels of God make account of these things.” {6T 344.2}



SO IN CONCLUSION: We are praying God’s unusual blessings on Kalima that the famine for the WORD be finished, Bibles able to get in there, and famine for food be over with a crop of 100 times over on those who were providing food for us to eat, and on those guarding us 24/7. We pray for an airplane to fly directly there with loads of Bibles using our own plane and not hindered by robbers in airports. I personally want to visit them and deliver the promised Bibles to the 127 lacking them. We pray that they will also receive 3 churches, 3 schools and a clinic manned by Dr. Matenda. We discovered that the usual plan our SDA church does all over the world is not done there. The poor churches are the sole support of their pastor. This information was given to me at the Union headquarters in Lubumbashi. It was not stated by local pastor’s who are serving in extreme hardship. The pastor goes hungry if his church is hiding in the jungle and cannot survive. Liusimaki is such a tender hearted shepherd of the new flock. It is no wonder God gave Jenny a dream about getting glasses to him. He was a great example of Jesus in serving the people first not worrying about his own need for glasses. Then Jesus gave him the best ones that He had hidden under the edge of a suitcase. Pastor Liusamaki is willing to go without eating to stay on there and help the new believers. Will you join us in such a prayer for Bibles, churches and schools??????? One simple church costs 750 dollars. Fifty dollars a month would be enough to give the basic needs to a pastor. In fact some are willing to work for only 30 dollars a month. That provides one meal a day for the family. That is all most people there can afford. At meal time they eat very sparingly. We wonder how they can have energy to get anything done. It is survival only. These are the conditions of those who fed us every day 2 meals a day. THEY WILL SURVIVE. God promised it to those who are hospitable. The widow proved it by giving the "last" of her food to prophet Elijah.



God bless as you find people to be hospitable to,

Dr. Rose

06 Jan 2007 by Larose

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