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The Vow

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Steve Peifer‘s e-mail list, stories of his work and life as a missionary in Kenya are always hilarious and frequently inspiring. Although his usual posts involve a food program and the development of computer centers, his latest hit closer to home:

You look to the hills when things are rough, but he directed me a little lower. To a driver. Joshua is an accountant who is in law school. His father runs a driving service, and you can always count on him. It isn’t safe for me to drive at night because of my poor night vision, and their service is a blessing when there is a late airport pickup. Recently, I was going to fly out and I scheduled a ride. Joshua picked me up, and since we were running ahead of schedule, I asked him if he wanted to stop for dinner.

He told me the most amazing story. When he was in high school, he and four friends started to meet together and pray for Kenya. During one prayer meeting, they felt led to make a vow: they would all go to law school, they would all enter politics, and they would all work to bring justice to this land.

They are all in law school, and they still meet to pray. The odds of all of them remaining true to that vow, and for all of them to be accepted and be able to pay for law school, is beyond what I can measure.

Lots of people go to law school, far fewer decide go to law school out of religious conviction, even fewer than that I wager, see it as a means to restore justice to their country.

Too often, I think, we lack the courage to imagine our potential.

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