Hebrews 13:7 reminds us to imitate the faith of our leaders, but in a world where not all leaders are good spiritual mentors, it’s important that we follow those who remain in the Lord’s Word. Such leaders can be found in Dwangwa, an area that has several villages and many chiefs. Chiefs deliberate on village affairs and generally lead and influence their people. Recently, a group of 18 chiefs from Dwangwa gathered and began holding Bible studies together through Y-Malawi.
During one of their sessions, they read Proverbs 13:22 which says “A good person leaves an inheritance for their children’s children, but a sinner’s wealth is stored up for the righteous.” As a response to this lesson, it was decided that they would plant trees so that their grandchildren could reap the fruits. Y-Malawi provided the saplings needed for the project and in total, the chiefs planted 850 trees.
In doing so, not only did the chiefs lead by example by demonstrating their faith, they also invested in all of their villages by planting trees that will benefit everybody in the future. It is our hope that when people see their chiefs being proactive in their faith, they will see Christ through their work and come to Him. How are you leading by example in your community?