// The Kenyan Way//
Hello Friends & Family! I hope all is well. I wanted to inform you on the past few days & also let you know what the next 3 weeks looks like for me! Well, Kenya has been great, I am really, really loving my team, we are already bonding & becoming family, so its been so nice to get past that awkward stage. I am very fortunate to have amazing staff & trip leaders, Brian & Debbie. They have been leading the trip since the 90s and have really showed me what it means to be a true disciple of Jesus. They are parents, and have taken their children to Kenya, started an orphanage, and a jewelry making business for Kenyan women. It is amazing. And they live in Montana, who would have thought! But Brian has been leading many seminars and sessions teaching us more and more about the Kenyan culture & how to deal with things we will experience. We found out our ministry assignments yesterday and I am so happy to say I will be going to……..NAKURU for the next 3 weeks ! I am unbelievably overjoyed, seriously Im so excited. I will be working with street moms and their kids and living on a compound with them. On the compound they have a women & children shelter, a children’s home for orphans, and a school. This ministry is doing big things, they just built and medical center and have many more projects under-way. These women come from broken homes of being sexually abused, abandoned, neglected, mal-nourished, all sorts of things. I am being very prayerful because i know that I will grow much empathy for them and it will be very hard. But we will be leading devotionals for the women, teaching in the school, and preaching in the owner of the organizations church on the weekends, im a little scared about this! We met Regina who is the over-seer at the center for the women today and she said that the church has a 300 person congregation so PLEASE be praying. Im really nervous but I know God will provide the words I need. We also will be visiting the “special center” which is a government run home for disabled kids and I have heard this is one of the hardest tasks because they are treated very poorly, sometimes 2 workers to 50 kids. I am very anxious about this experience but I know the Lord is my rock & my redeemer & he conquers all. Just please be praying for these kids and that justice would be brought. Anyways, we leave tomorrow & I am so excited! My parter, Tiffany is so awesome, I feel so fortunate I got her! She is 25 and recently married, and hilarious! We have the same personality type so we will be able to cry together and encourage eachother when times are tough.
Anyways, please be praying God would continue to change my heart and break my flesh and build up my spirit so I look more and more like who he has created me to be. Please be praying that I would loose my expectations and take things as they come and would be focused on bringing glory only to him. Please pray for me and Tiffany that we would work well together, build each other up, and be honest when things are tough. I know that these three weeks will bring up the ugliest parts of me, and the most beautiful parts of me, pray that I would remember that dealing with the ugly brings me the the beautiful spirit and heart God has made me to be.And please pray for the women, that they would be open to our discipleship and friendship and that God could speak through us to them.
I again, thank you so so much for you all. Without your support, this literally wouldn’t be possible, I have learned so much already about Christ, and my identity in him, and his heart for the world. I am so fortunate to be here, and I am just so so thankful for all of you!
these two verses have been on my heart:
Psalms 18:2 The LORD is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer; my God, my strength, in whom I will trust; my buckler, and the horn of my salvation, and my high tower.
Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God. -1 Corinthians 10:31
thank you all again! you are amazing!