There are several parables in the Bible about a man who goes away on a trip and puts his servant in charge of his property. The master is away a very long time and while his return is expected it is unknown. When he does return he praises the servant who has faithfully continued to work even without the eye of his master. The master is so delighted with the faithfulness of his servant that he sits the servant down at the table and serves him.
I was reminded of these stories as we just returned to Burundi after being absent for a long time; two months for me and five weeks for Randy. To our delight, we returned to find our workers still here, faithfully working and everything in our house in order. Our return was unannounced and perhaps unexpected since we left during the political upheaval and protests. Many people in Bujumbura left the city. I know at least one of our workers had the opportunity to go to Rwanda. But here they were, still in Bujumbura, coming to work each day, doing their duties faithfully even when no one was watching, trusting they would be paid, hoping we would return.
Our night guard continued to come each night to keep watch over the house and be a presence that discouraged intruders.
Our day worker who gardens, cleans, guards and assists us in whatever we need, kept the house clean and ready for us and any visitor who might come.
Our Sunday guard who works on Sundays so the day worker can go to church and have Sundays off.
These men have demonstrated an incredible work ethic! Their diligence and faithfulness has been an example to me of how I’m called to do my work. There are others like them throughout Burundi; diligent, dedicated and resourceful. As well as many more who would like the opportunity to work, not only for the pay but for the value of work itself. Wow! It’s good to be back!