On Palm Sunday we went into town and worshipped at a local Lutheran church. After the two-and-a-half-hour Swahili service ended, we exited the sanctuary with the three or four hundred other worshippers. Outside, on the church grounds, the congregation gathered into an enormous circle and a man auctioned off some carved wooden sticks, a bag of beans, and a series of other random items to members of the congregation. At the time, I didn’t understand what was going on, other than that this was some sort of fundraiser for the church.
Later on, however, I learned the origin of the auctioned items. Some members, rather than bringing cash to put into the offering basket, brought the only things they did have. These items were then converted to cash for the church at the post-service auction. It reminded me a little of the widow whom Jesus saw putting two small copper coins into the offering box. Though small, Jesus commended her gift because she gave all she had.
We wish you a blessed Holy Week as we journey with our Lord Jesus to His cross and empty tomb.