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Updated: Jun 23

We are all God’s people and He loves us all. We are to help each other since we are told from the scriptures to LOVE ONE ANOTHER. Last summer when I went on a mission trip to Zimbabwe I experienced so much love and service to others and I gained love right back. I know the people were appreciative of our help. But, when I visited a rural high school I realized that they were learning computer out of a book. So this year, along with my mission to help others and feed children and families physically, spiritually, and educationally I left the US on Tuesday, June 18 and traveled 2 days (3 flights - around 18 or so hours) before arriving in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe.

After grocery shopping to get water and snacks and food for the house we had a meeting together to receive our specific duties and what we were to do each day while here. We made sandwiches and cut out crafts for the children in the village we were going to the next day. After the long flights, we settled in for the night because the next day we hit the road running and were to be up and ready to go at 6 am to travel to the Guanda area and a village called Dema. I am so glad to be here and so thankful to all who made Computers4Zimbabwe possible for the children. I will teach in the rural high school beginning on Monday with the computers so many helped to purchase.

Do you remember family reunions? Maybe a better question is, have you ever been to a family reunion? I remember as a kid it seemed like every year we would go to family reunions. My mother’s people met on the banks of Yellow Creek, and it seemed my dad’s people met near the South Harpeth River. My memories of these events involved a lot of people. Some I knew well and some I did not, but they were connected to me. There was usually lots of food, and most people would find something to do. That might be sitting around talking or, for us kids, some kind of game.


It makes me think about heaven. The song “God’s Family” kind of does the same thing for me. What a reunion there will be in heaven! To see again some of those who are most dear to us in this life. To meet those we have never met before but who are a part of our family, the family of Christ. To meet those who were instrumental in me having the faith I have. But ultimately to be in the presence of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit (Revelation 21).


I do not believe there will be fried chicken, deviled eggs, and Coke in heaven like at those reunions, but Revelation 22:1-3 does say there will be a river of the water of life and the tree of life bearing twelve kinds of fruit. It seems we will not be involved in frivolous activities but in the greatest of activities, and that is serving God. What a beautiful thought of serving God in His presence!


I realize for some reunions have fallen out of favor. That is why I asked at the beginning of this article if you had even been to one. The family reunion that will occur in heaven after the day of judgment is one that you will not want to miss. I can promise you that. To enjoy that reunion, you must be prepared and ready. Are you a part of the family that is on its way home?

Happy Father’s Day to all the dads out there! I hope it will be a great one and you will feel appreciated and special. One of my favorite books in the Bible is the book of Proverbs. There is so much practical advice found in its pages. I thought for Father’s Day we would take a look at Proverbs for some advice about being fathers.


Proverbs 20:7 says, “A righteous man who walks in his integrity- How blessed are his sons after him.” We want to do the best we can as fathers to model the life that we want our children to live. It is one thing to tell them the right thing to do, but if we constantly show something different, then our kids are smart enough to realize that whatever principle we are talking about may be important in word but not in deed. None of us are perfect, so when we mess up let’s model how to repent right, also.


We need to take time to teach our children with our words as well. The first part of Proverbs 1:8 says, “Hear my son, your father’s instruction.” I know the endless questions and whys can be draining, but we as fathers have a responsibility to lead our families and part of that involves instruction. If we do not instruct them, the devil will be glad to help out. Be careful what you set in front of them (media, etc.) because they are learning whether we like it or not.


The last Proverb I want to share is Proverbs 13:24 which says, “He who withholds his rod hates his son, But he who loves him disciplines him diligently.” I hate having to discipline. I wish everything would just go along smoothly, but unfortunately even after teaching and setting a good example, the message does not always get home. I am not saying I have bad kids. Truthfully, they are probably better than I was at their age, but we all need a little course correction every now and again.


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