Isaiah 51: 1-3

Listen to me, you who pursue righteousness and who seek the Lord:Look to the rock from which you were cut and to the quarry from which you were hewn;

We must look to the roots of our faith and reflect on its History.

Genesis 12: 1-3

God promised Abraham that he, and his descendants would be greatly blessed. BUT… He was to be a blessing to the nations. The two commitments of the Covenant.  The deal was cut between God and Abraham

1 Corinthians 13; 13

And the greatest of these is love.

I look back over the last 60 years of AE.

At the beginning in 1962 I was then still at school in Eldoret (Kenya).  We were excited about the move to independence/uhuru.  We raised a new flag and were taught a new anthem.  It was coming.  As an idealist I looked forward to a new vibrant and confident country and continent, that could be truly African and improve the lot of all her people.  This passion remains with me today.  I was delighted when I unexpectedly met some African Enterprise people at a conference in Malaysia.  Africans wanting to not only introduce Jesus to people in The Cities of Africa but also and importantly they longed for societal transformation. I served African Enterprise from 1995 until 2016.  My vision is still for an African led and managed ministry that is truly transformational.

Jesus, the Carpenter from Nazareth came for all humankind. We are the children Abraham  (by faith and adoption) and must pass the blessing on.  The enormous Love of God should drive us all forward.  It’s never about statistics and numbers it’s about the transformative Love of God.  Jesus did not come for a select group but for all of us.  He first loved us.

African Enterprise can be truly revitalised and be truly African by approach and culture.  It can also be truly Christian. Let’s grab hold of the Great Commission and share the great love of God throughout the continent and truly accept the Abrahamic covenant.  “blessed to be a blessing to the nations”.

In October I penned a poem called “The Greatest of These is Love”.  The final stanza appears below:

The greatest of spiritual gifts is love

It remains forever

Can we not only accept God’s Love

But pass it on to those we meet?

Can we love, and not condemn, all people

Through the work of The Carpenter of Nazareth

And the Holy Spirit, The Spirit of God?

That gift is available to us all.

God’s abiding love

Let’s embrace it?

Let’s use it and share that gift?

God’s abiding love.