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Ngi Ne Themba

I heard a recording once that someone had made of children from a school in South Africa repeating “Ngi Ne Themba”, which is “I have hope” in Zulu. These children and their teachers have what we would consider nothing. Their school is barely standing, there are 30 kids put into a classroom the size of closet and they are lucky if they have access to one meal a day and water they can drink. They don’t have the latest Apple product, a closet of full of clothes, or even an easily accessible doctor and medicine, but these kids are taught from an early age that in the midst of hunger and suffering they have hope.  Psalm 9:18 says “But God will never forget the needy; the hope of the afflicted will never perish.” When hope is not based on our possessions, but on God’s promises, it withstands any circumstance.

One of the beautiful lessons of hope these children are taught is that hope is not earned nor is it deserved.  They don’t hoard it for themselves. Instead they share it. They proclaim their hope and live their lives based on it. Now if these children can proclaim and share their hope, why can’t we? 1 Peter 3:15b says “Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have.” What is the reason for the hope you have? Are you ready to share it and proclaim it as if you had nothing else?

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