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Conviction & Community in Bujumbura

Written by Barrett Lemmons

Good evening from Bujumbura!

Today was the first official day for the ALARM conference. We taught and facilitated on topics like self-leadership, understanding the Bible, servant leadership, sharing our struggles authentically, effective communication, and the importance of biblical community. The participants were engaged, asked great questions, and were able to inform and instruct each other from the word of God.

Personally, God is peeling away more of my old self. After two days here He is showing me that the purpose of this trip had NOTHING to do with anything I could possibly bring to the table. If I had any doubt before today that Jesus and His message are the only solution for our broken, hurting world, that is 100% gone. It has to be Christ or nothing. I have been allowing biases based on race to corrupt my view of these people before I knew them (which is racism).

The Burundians and the ALARM staff are loving and serving us so well. They keep thanking us for the sacrifices we have made to be here. Nothing I have done here has felt like even the tiniest sacrifice. I feel our common bond in Christ, and that we truly are one Church. They serve others selflessly, and their humility and joy are palpable.

I was weeping today during our worship times. It was truly a glimpse of heaven to me. This is the church as Jesus intended, and they are getting after it. I’m ashamed of my inaction and myopic view of God. I’m so grateful for this kindness He is showing me right now, as it is leading me to repentance. I want to find more opportunities to serve and involve my family. I want to truly live out my faith because of the loving kindness that God has shown me.

“Let love be genuine. Abhor what is evil; hold fast to what is good. Love one another with brotherly affection. Outdo one another in showing honor. Do not be slothful in zeal, be fervent in spirit, serve the Lord. Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer.” (Romans 12:9-12 ESV)

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  1. Gay Lemmonson Feb 7th 2018 at 4:58 pm

    Barrett, I am praying for your time with our brothers and sisters from another continent. I am finding that the older I get, the more I see folks with the same, loving heart. “we all bleed the same.” Blessings on you and your team. Love you much, AG

  2. Kay Donovanon Feb 7th 2018 at 10:17 pm

    Barrett, you touch me deeply. You hold a special place in my heart and prayers, and I will share your inspiring article with many. God Bless your journey. Looking forward to more updates. Much, much love, Miss Kay

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