This weekend we worked at the Keza fundraising gala; what a fabulous event. You’ve heard me talk about Keza and its founder Jared Miller before. Keza, formerly known as Sisters of Rwanda, rescues women in Rwanda from a life of prostitution and poverty by providing them with meaningful work. Click here to read about it.
The gala was inspiring on in so many ways, it’s hard to pick out just one aspect. It was truly The Church in action.
Food was donated by Al Collins and his wife. Together with their beautiful daughter, they provided a delicious spread. One of the motive behind this man’s catering business is that he can donate food to non profits like this. Good on you, Al!
The music was provided by Annie Sellik…known in Nashville for her soulish style. It was fabulous. She was made to sing.
The dancers. Oh, be still my heart. The dancers were my personal favorite of the whole evening. Sean Bell and his dance partner, Christina, performed an amazing number that would rival anything you’d see on TV. Grace, power and beauty. Their faces glowed. To me their skill and talent in dance was truly worshipful. They were made to dance.
Jared, along with country director, Ilea Dorsey, both shared their vision for the work in Africa. Their passion is obvious. These people were born to do what they’re doing.
Another favorite part was the tribute to my very dear, dear friend, Joanne Miller. When Joanne turned 60 last December, her request, in typical Joanne style, was to have a Keza fundraiser. Joanne, known as the Queen Mama is the heart and soul behind Keza. I don’t mean to sound flippant but the world truly became a better place when this woman arrived.
When I consider the evening and the amount of volunteer work and talent that was poured out I thought…THIS is what it’s all about: SERVING OTHERS. And becoming who God has called you to be so you can serve in that capacity.
The different expressions of service and talents pouring out to serve women in Africa they’ll never meet was amazing. (For lack of a better word.)
You know, for all the talk about individuality and exploring and finding your passions, I think sometimes I forget the real meaning behind the process. It’s not so you can aspire to some narcissitic pinnacle…it’s about SERVING others in your gifting and adding value to your community, where ever and how ever that may be.
To me, this evening was a beautiful and touching reminder of that.