“Bill Kaiser had his lawn mower in the kombi to come and mow my lawn! I was his disciple! And it changed my life.”
Many Christians have heard of the act of washing you disciples’ feet after the example of Jesus in John 13, but how does that look practically? We are recently returning from a staff conference in Port Shepstone, South Africa where we were refreshed by the dynamic, encouraging, and convicting words of Lorenzo Davids. His life story is as impactful as his oratory skills, which we got a good dose of as he shared with us the lessons he’s learned over 50 years of living on this earth.
He was a student who got involved with Campus Crusade for Christ South Africa back in the 80’s at the height of the apartheid era as well as the influential presence of our ministry in South Africa. While attending the University of Western Cape Lorenzo became heavily involved with sharing his faith and helping others grow in their walks with God, so much so that he eventually joined as a full-time staff person. The one thing that he would never forget, though, was the guy who poured into him and his impeccable ability to identify with him not only spiritually, but emotionally, economically, and developmentally. Consistently, Bill would do the unimaginable for Lorenzo on Saturday mornings.
You see, Bill was a white American who showed up with a lawn mower at Lorenzo’s house – Lorenzo, being a Coloured South African living in an all Coloured community in the 1980’s. Bill was preparing to mow Lorenzo’s grass. And he did. What’s the purpose? When we are devoted to the development of another in their relationship with God, we should stop at nothing to identify with them and serve them in a multifaceted way that displays life-on-life discipleship. Transferring one’s own life into another, that they may have a far greater impact on the world around them than we do. This is what leads to effective spiritual multiplication.
Looks like we got some grass to mow.