One of my favorite writers is Mark Buchanan, a pastor from Vancouver, British Columbia. In a recent blog post, Mark told about the time he preached at a church in rural Kenya. Most of the people there were poor. Some of them wore suits or dresses, but many were dressed in tatters. When it was time for the offering, every person brought something to the front to give to God. Some brought paper money, others coins, and still others brought food, things like chickens, eggs, potatoes and cabbages. All of them were laid on the altar as an offering to God.
Buchanan said this, “At the end of the service, the pastor auctioned the food to the wealthier people in the church. And then an amazing thing happened: many of those people gave the food away. To a little boy who came to church alone. To a single mom with hungry children. To an old man too sick to work.” (http://markbuchanan.net/blog/)
This story reminds me of Jesus’ words, “As you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me” (Matthew 25:40). I can’t help but think that those people in rural Kenya might just understand something about worship that we American Christians often miss.