Paul’s parents both died when he was a child, and he’d been raised by his grandmother in her mountaintop home. When I first met Paul three years ago, he was a young pastor cooking and selling french fries to put himself through Bible college. Now he drives his boda-boda, a motorcycle taxi, earning between 1 and 3 dollars a day. He works until he has enough money saved to return to college, and after a semester repeats it all again.
He pastors a very small church in a rural village and many in his congregation are small children. Paul is one of the most humble men I know, whose greatest desire is nothing less than to love and serve Jesus with all of his heart, soul, mind, and strength. Paul’s Christian joy is contagious, his passion enthusiastic, and his devotion sincere. He asks for nothing, but gives everything.
During the past year he’s struggled financially, but also had to contend with older men in his own congregation creating conflict for the gain of personal position. Still he serves, and he does so without grudge or complaint.
This morning I received a text message from Paul. It simply reads, Tomorrow I will greet the church and inform them that you had a safe flight. Thanks for showing how you love me.
Paul is one of many Kenyan pastors who literally live day-to-day, serving Jesus despite the impossibilities. He’s an example to all of us.
Let no one despise your youth, but be an example to the believers in word, in conduct, in love, in spirit, it faith, in purity (1 Timothy 4:12).