It always feels good when someone appreciates a good deed, a gift or even a message. Nomadic tribes are not known for their appreciative habits. Quite often they have a sense of entitlement, demand services, and take it as a right when help does arrive. But this week, 30 kilometers outside Lodwar into Kenya’s northern desert, the appreciation was overwhelming.
We witnessed vigorous dancing, loud laughter and hefty claps even before the relief food arrived. The orderly, good-natured Turkana, mostly women, were sincerely and deeply appreciative of the food. When they finally received their rations, the smiles and verbal appreciation were genuine.
Thankfulness is indeed a way to get into God’s presence. “Enter His gates with thanksgiving and His courts with praise. Give thanks to Him and bless His name.”
When people are thankful, it lifts their countenance and makes them easy to get along with. This week, I felt that if God ever wanted me to live in a desert and work amongst a nomadic tribe, I would certainly choose the Turkana.
Generous giving and genuine gratitude will be important base-line components for sustainable solutions in Africa’s fight against poverty and famine. ~ Ibrahim