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So Moses and Aaron did just as the LORD had commanded them. Moses was eighty years old, and Aaron was eighty-three when they made their demands to Pharaoh. Then the LORD said to Moses and Aaron, “Pharaoh will demand, ‘Show me a miracle.’ When he does this, say to Aaron, ‘Take your staff and throw it down in front of Pharaoh, and it will become a serpent. (Exodus 7:6-9)
It’s interesting that the Bible clearly states both Aaron and Moses’ ages. In Britain today Moses and Aaron would be classed as a pensioners entitled to their bus passes and a slower pace of life. Nevertheless, as we read on through the book of Exodus what we find is that God uses them in some of the most amazing ways! If you don’t believe me, give it a read for yourself. The reality is that God desires to use all who believe in Him to take part in His Kingdom’s work regardless of age, gender, ethnicity or any other differential – He sees potential where we see problems.
This truth was certainly on show on Thursday 12 April when All We Can supporters from churches across London and beyond gathered at Westminster Central Hall to hear from Francis Nchii Njuakom, the Director and founder of CDVTA (Community Development Volunteers for Technical Assistance). CDVTA exists to create, “a society where the elderly live fulfilled lives”. All We Can has worked with this inspiring local organisation since 2004. Francis spoke passionately about how CDVTA has grown exponentially over the past 14 years through working with All We Can in particular. CDVTA’s work has consisted of advocacy work to change policy within the country and the establishment of over 300 elderly groups which provide support, training and income generating ideas. All of these things have helped to improve the rights and livelihoods of the elderly in Cameroon, and help bring about a fulfilment of their potential. One person at a time.
I, and the gathered supporters, left inspired by what Francis and his team had accomplished so far and the commitment from All We Can had been a decisive factor in bringing about this amazing change.
It is clear as we read the Bible that Moses had so much more to give, despite his aging body. Francis believes firmly this is true for all the older people he serves, and so does All We Can. Could you offer your time to volunteer for All We Can whether it be at your church or at our central office? We are always excited to have volunteers joining our team – whether you are 18 or 88! We believe every person has potential – both in Cameroon and right here in the UK.
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Matthew Forsyth is All We Can's Churches and Volunteers Officer for London and the South East.