It’s been awhile since I’ve posted, and a lot has been going on, but I am constantly amazed at how God works everything out. I truly am awed at the way HE provides for my needs and takes care of me. He gives me peace in the midst of trials because I know that HE loves me and will provide for me. When there are times when I could worry, this verse reminds me of what God thinks…Matthew 6:25-27 “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? 26 Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? 27 Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?” (NIV)
Time and time again, I have seen God either provide for my needs or the needs of others in my life. I am especially blessed when God uses me to meet the needs of others. I feel privileged to be chosen to be HIS hands and feet in the lives of others, whether it be to my coworkers, my students, or the kids in the slums that I visit every week. No matter where in the world I go, I am home when I am serving in Jesus’ name, for it is not with my own strength or power that I am able to do these but through HIS strength and power.
So what is the current news??
I am still teaching at West Nairobi School for at least another year, although we are currently on summer break and about to start back. So I spent the summer back in the US visiting family and friends, and getting the wonderful opportunity to tell everyone, in person, of all the things that I have done while in Africa. Check out this slide show of some of these. My Missions In Kenya
I have also had the opportunity to teach the same kids for two years in row and for one group it will be three after next year. It truly is wonderful to see them grow and mature in so many areas of their lives, emotionally, intellectually and especially spiritually. I look forward to another wonderful year influencing these kids for the kingdom of Christ in the coming year.
Since I last posted, I have moved to a new house outside of Nairobi and gained new roommates because my old roommate got married and is returning to the US. It is a new experience living with more people but I am really enjoying getting to know them and spending time with them. We have a more private compound with lots of greenery (which I really enjoy), more room and it is so much quieter than living in the city. We do however have to deal with the screeches of the bush babies at night. Sounds http://www.mnh.si.edu/mammals/pages/where/africa/bushbaby_activity.htm Info http://www.awf.org/content/wildlife/detail/bushbaby
We also have faster internet, when it is working, which is a blessing to be able to connect with people back in the US. We do have more frequent power outages than at my last apartment (there were benefits to living down the street from the power company), but we just get out the headlamps, candles and flashlights so life continues. I am also cooking more, and I am learning to cook more and more things and hope my roommates like it.
One of the things that I have really enjoyed doing is volunteering in a nearby slum, at a children’s center that has a school and dormitories for orphans and vulnerable children. My next post will be exclusively focused on this wonderful place that God has brought me to. So stay tuned by subscribing to my blog and you will get an e-mail each time I post.
I really have been awed by how much I have been changed by the experience of serving God in Kenya. I am more relaxed because I have learned to put my trust in God and HIS power and not depend on my own strength and power. I have been able to open up my heart and my life to so many people than I would have thought possible. And I have become so thankful for the way that God has chosen to use me in the lives of those around me. Sometimes it is just being there to lend a listening ear and sometimes it is following Gods leading doing something to be a blessing to others. Afterwards I am humbled because it is only through my willingness to be used by God, that allowed me to be a part of it….God did the rest of it and I give HIM the glory and honor, because I am just His servant. It is really all about what God is doing through me, and it is not about me, but I have been changed by it.
Committing to an additional year serving HIM in Africa has also meant additional expenses for me. These include buying out my roommate of our car and furniture, and taking on all of the insurance, AAA and repairs of the car on my own, instead of sharing those costs with a roommate. In addition, I have some medical expenses that I can’t cover from my small salary and health insurance only covers so much, if at all. If you can help me in my ministry by helping me to cover some of these expenses, please click on the “How you can help” tab at the top of this page. From that page you can click on the donation form. Serving the Lord internationally truly is a calling and I can’t do it without your prayer and financial support.
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