READ : 2 Corinthians 8:1-5
They gave themselves first to the Lord and, by the will of God, to us. (v. 5)
Maman Masso is an elderly farmer from the village of Ma Kourou in northern Benin. As commitment to animism waned, Maman resisted a relative’s advice to become a Muslim. Instead, when Maman heard the gospel via Words of Hope’s Bariba-language radio programs, he enthusiastically embraced Christianity. His zeal proved contagious. Soon everyone in Ma Kourou was listening to the nightly broadcasts. A spiritual harvest ensued and a new congregation emerged in Ma Karou.
When the time came to construct their church building, the new Ma Karou believers decided not to erect it in their own village. Instead, they built their church in the unevangelized village of Gantodo – ten kilometers away!
In 2 Corinthians 8, the remarkable Macedonian churches sacrificially gave themselves first to the Lord and then to the Apostle Paul’s outreach efforts. Likewise, the fledgling Ma Karou congregation selflessly placed evangelistic outreach to their Gantodo neighbors ahead of their own convenience. Although most of the believers in Ma Karou lacked convenient transportation, they were willing to walk many extra miles each week for the sake of others. What a remarkable example!
Lord, may the zeal of the Macedonian and Ma Kourou believers inspire us to service in Jesus’ saving name.