As we approach the holidays I think about eating. I think about all of the food that will be available for so many of us. I think about the reality that most of us will not go hungry during this season. But that hunger, or lack thereof, made me think of a different kind of hunger.
Let me tell you a few brief stories from some of my past experiences.
Uganda – In order for church leaders to be able to gather to receive training they walked over 2 hours to make sure they were on time. They sat for 6 hours listening to preaching and then walked back 2 hours. And then they did it again the next day. Why?: Uganda Believers Hunger for the Word
Philippines – In order for church leaders to have training they drove for 4 to 6 hours on a motorcycle with four people on it through the jungle. They slept on the ground and they sat on a small wooden bench for 8 hours a day for 3 days to study God’s Word. They listened to 4 sermons in a row without a break because they didn’t want to accidentally miss anything. Why?: Philippino Believers Hunger for the Word
China – In order for the church leaders to have training they had to come at night. They couldn’t come all at once and they had to all leave at different times. They had to be very quiet as we sat in the apartment. And two weeks after I left the police raided the apartment and warned them all to never meet like that again. Why?: Chinese Believers Hunger for the Word
Russia – In order for the church leaders to have training they traveled by car for hours to a campground, slept in tents, and sat on stumps from the forest. They sat for hours at a time studying and learning so that they could take it back to their churches. Why?: Russian Believers Hunger for the Word
Keep these truths in mind and then ask yourself the question: Do I hunger for the Word?