Mimi Keel is the Kids Community Director at Jacob’s Well and a member of the recent JW team who visited our friends in Asilong, Pokot, Kenya. Read her note-worthy reflections on hunger:
In Kids Community, we talk about how God always answers prayer. Sometimes God says “yes”, sometimes he says “no”, and sometimes his answer is “later.” In April, I shared with the kids how God answered one of my prayers with “later.” Twenty-six years ago, I talked to God about my dream of going to Africa. This March, I got to go. We talked about our dreams and how God loves to hear about our dreams and hopes.
Our friends in Asilong taught me so many things. They taught me about hunger. Until recently, I’ve always thought about hunger in Africa in terms of food shortage. The hunger among our Asilong friends was different. Pastor Julius assured me that the community had enough food. Still, I sensed a deep hunger in the community. The hunger I saw in them was three-fold….hunger for learning, hunger for God, and hunger for relationship. You could see this hunger in their eagerness to learn at school, worshipping the Lord, praying with no shortage of words, and enjoying their friends.
The definition of the word hunger is to have a strong desire or to crave. Am I hungry? I don’t feel hungry. I feel satiated. For what do I have a strong desire? How can we help our kids hunger? And for what do we want them to hunger? Philippians 4:8 says, “Finally brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable–if anything is excellent or praiseworthy– think about such things.” Or we might instead say, “then hunger for such things…”