Altar Call – Opelika-Auburn News
Why fly to Africa when we can help people here in
Seven years ago seven African Christians became part of our family. Our son Matt introduced us to his friends Alfred and Muumbe Kalembo and their five children. Like Matt, Alfred was in seminary seeking a degree in theology. The two became instant friends.
We invited the Kalembos to our home for the Christmas holidays and found them to be charming people. Their spirits meshed with ours. Within days we made the unanimous decision to “adopt” each other spiritually. They were like family to us, and we to them. Since then my wife and I have been Mom and Dad to our son Alfred and our daughter Muumbe. Their children are our grandchildren.
almost nothing about their homeland,
and Alfred finished seminary, the Kalembos returned to their home in N’Dola,
This month he
began work on the staff of International Leadership Institute. His assignment
is to train and equip native Christians in ten southern African nations
His new work
makes it necessary for Alfred to move his family to
The bottom line
is that Alfred needs some help with this new house, the new school, and the
land. So his need for assistance has felt like a call to come over to
By July when
hopefully our team flies to
This old man is wise and he has a rather convincing argument. Frankly I am often tempted to follow his advice. But as of this moment I have chosen to listen to someone else – the young man inside me.
The young man keeps telling me about Islamic terrorists who are willing to kill themselves to fulfill their insane mission. He tells me the world needs people who will show these terrorists that there are other people who will make a sacrifice for a much greater cause.
I like the
way this young man inside me talks. So I have decided to fly to
Have you ever
thought about spending two weeks in