Matthew 7:12 “So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you for this sums up the law and the Prophets.”

We killed the fatted calf to prepare a feast of rice, tomato sauce, beef and cool-aid for a children’s Good News program in the African village. The women volunteered to cook the meal in our private classroom and serve over three hundred villagers who attended the final ceremony.

The four-yard by four-yard chamber was covered in splattered red gravy, globs of sticky rice, greasy blotches and spilled sugar drinks. From wall to wall it resembled the inside of a used garbage can.

“Don’t worry about cleaning this because I will take care of it.” I told the women that night. “You’ve worked all day cooking and serving. Besides, it’s dark and there’s no light to scrub this place.”

Early the following morning a group of women carrying buckets, brooms, soap and water arrived. Three house later when they departed the classroom was shiny clean, more immaculate than before the party.

Every month the women came for health lessons. Most of them brought their children who dropped bread crumbs on the furniture, spilled water on the table and wet my cement floor because there were no diapers for the little ones.

A mother always cleaned up after her child. All the Christian women left my place as spotless as it was when they arrived.

Jesus said “do unto others as you would want them do unto you.”

Christ’s love supersedes vast cultural differences and varied ways of life.  It doesn’t matter even if she is a poor, illiterate bush woman, who lives in a mud home. For if she is  born-again, the same Christ who resides in her also lives in us.  We all have the same loving Lord in us.

The Christian bush mothers who know nothing about civilized etiquette, are aware of the golden rule and practice it. And maybe this will remind us to do unto others as we would want them do unto us.

Thanks for joining me,




About celestecharlene

I served as a medical missionary in West Africa for thirty years treating the sick and establishing health clinics in rural neglected areas.
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