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Nsoko, Matthew 25 and you

If you take Matthew 25* literally in the context of what’s going on in Swaziland, it’s sobering. Over in Nsoko, Swaziland, Pastor Gift’s average day doesn’t look like yours or mine. For example, here in Georgia it’s rare that a random neighbor knocks on our door – maybe a Fedex guy stop…
By Seth Barnes
If you take Matthew 25* literally in the context of what’s going on in Swaziland, it’s sobering.
Over in Nsoko, Swaziland, Pastor Gift’s average day doesn’t look like yours or mine. For example, here in Georgia it’s rare that a random neighbor knocks on our door – maybe a Fedex guy stops by needing a signature. In contrast, Pastor Gift is the last hope some neighbors have. Here’s his blog:
Yesterday I was sitting in my house doing administrative work when
I heard a timid knock at the door. I reluctantly stood up and went to
check this unusual knock out.
 
There was this lady who was so frail and skinny you
could have thought she was dead. I inquired, “how can I help you gogo”.
She shyly gave a response, “I am hungry my son, help I am dying.” I
immediately thought of what we had at the kitchen. We had no food too except some bread that I was serving for my
daughter when she comes from school.
 
The Spirit within me said, “Are you going to spare food for your
daughter and not give God right at your door.  I went to the kitchen and began to make juice and took
all the slices of bread put it on a tray and went to give the old lady
outside. Her eyes immediately brightened at the sight of food. I
watched her eat as if she had not eaten in days.
 
When she was done I
cannot remember how many times she said “God bless you my son”, “Thank
you so much” with that shaking timid voice. I watched her as she stoop
up to leave her body telling a story of shame as she moved. As she
disappeared she left me with a picture of a miserable face that does
not remember any joy. Here is someone that has lived a life of shame
most of her life.
 
Later we went to this gogo’s home.She is
trying her best to raise her grandchildren that were left behind by her
dead children. The only surviving daughter destroyed her house and left
never to come back.
 
I must say, the people of Nsoko are still full of hope. They hope
in life, they hope in hope, and above all they have hope in God.How
people survive hear sometimes I do not know. But the fact is they do
survive. They hope against hope. As I write in my car there is an
envelope full if HIV results. Almost all of the people who got tested, tested positive. These people are poor and they
are also the most infected. In Swaziland the infection rate is at 42%.
Nsoko has a 49% infection rate. People are dying and in numbers.
Businesses are being affected.
 
The other day I was called upon to rescue a young man of about 22
years. He was from hospital to collect his ARV’s. He had just enough
money for transport and nothing for food. He fell next to the gate
because he could not walk any longer. We have hope though. We hope
against hope.
*Matt. 25 says: “Then the
righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed
you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? 38When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? 39When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’

 40“The King will reply, ‘I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.’

 41“Then
he will say to those on his left, ‘Depart from me, you who are cursed,
into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels. 42For I was hungry and you gave me nothing to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me nothing to drink, 43I
was a stranger and you did not invite me in, I needed clothes and you
did not clothe me, I was sick and in prison and you did not look after
me.'”
 
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