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Incalculable

Incalculable

How much are you worth? How much does your kind word, action or secret deed change a life or a situation or a circumstance? It is beyond measure: ‘incalculable’? There is no mathematical, scientific or philosophical equation or combination of words that is able to calculate or measure or explain with solid proof that which you are, here on this planet; neither can your footprint be measured accurately.

There are readers who look to others and ‘see’ and ‘hear’ what they do and say and make happen and then sigh and wish that they can be and do likewise. It’s a trap not to step into. What always needs to be remembered is that every life is unique and that our links form a chain which we should not want to break. Being part of a chain that brings hope and joy and life is indeed incalculable. There is so much more to it than ‘just doing or being’ what you and I can.

Every morning Monday to Friday, twenty-one eager, cheerful and energetic young five and six-year-olds come hopping, skipping and smiling into our little Farm School. You absolutely always receive a carefree greeting and even a hug. “How are you today?” is the routine question and the unanimous and sincere response is always: “We are fine. And how are you?” Then the day proceeds with singing and dancing and lessons and art and games.

This is just something that we do; our daily routine. So, a decision was made to have a one-on-one conversation with one of these little souls. We sat, side-by-side, and looked out over the neat patch of grass and the trees and the flowers and the much-loved sandpits. After some time the conversation was deliberately steered into a specific direction. The question asked was: “Do you like school?” The answer was: “I love school.” The next question was: “Are you glad that you come to this school on the farm?” The answer was: “Yes.” The next question asked was the crucial one: “Why do you like this school so much?” The answer took me to a level not expected. The answer received was: “Because I know that every day when I come I will get a plate of food.”

Rita chatting to the children

This was not the expected outcome of this pre-planned conversation with a pre-school child whose background was unknown. The expected outcome was “the games, the nice toys, the sandpit, the walks, my lessons, my art class and so on”. The child was drawn close and given a heartfelt hug which was returned with enthusiasm. As the child skipped away to join friends, I gave thanks that because of a chain called Uni-Vision, and other occasional outside donors, we are about doing good which is so much more than merely providing a service of safety; of necessity.  It is about the reality which most of us take for granted. “Give us this day our daily bread” we pray. Sometimes the daily bread provision comes via a chain of connected links. Unseen? Never.

Sometime after this, Jesus crossed to the far shore of the Sea of Galilee and a great crowd of people followed him because they saw the signs he had performed by healing the sick. Then Jesus went up on a mountainside and sat down with his disciples. The Jewish Passover Festival was near. When Jesus looked up and saw a great crowd coming toward him, he said to Philip, “Where shall we buy bread for these people to eat?” He asked this only to test him, for he already had in mind what he was going to do. Philip answered him, “It would take more than half a year’s wages to buy enough bread for each one to have a bite!” Another of his disciples, Andrew, spoke up, “Here is a boy with five small barley loaves and two small fish, but how far will they go among so many?” Jesus said, “Have the people sit down.” There was plenty of grass in that place, and they sat down. Jesus then took the loaves, gave thanks, and distributed to those who were seated as much as they wanted. He did the same with the fish. When they had all had enough to eat, he said to his disciples, “Gather the pieces that are left over. Let nothing be wasted.” So they gathered them and filled twelve baskets with the pieces of the five barley loaves left over by those who had eaten. After the people saw the sign Jesus performed, they began to say, “Surely this is the Prophet who is to come into the world.” John 6:1-14

Children enjoying a sweet treat

This lovely Bible story teaches us that kindness and sharing are so important; the kindness of the little boy who offered up his loaves of bread and fish, and that these things could be shared among so many. Each person was treated as an important individual and allowed to eat their fill. Just like the nature of this story, our donors give us the opportunity to feed little mouths.

Thank you for changing lives and for making it easy to teach that God is good because you care to share.

Written by:

Rita Edkins

African Blessings Missions Director