Thursday, November 10, 2016

Field of Dreams & Expectations

The need is great yet the smiles are plenty. The giving culture of the Kenyans is something to be admired and replicated.

Day 2:
We received a tour of the compound by CEO/Founder Steve James and the unfolding of God's work in this place was revealed to us. not only helps those in need but provides jobs/careers and a steady paycheck for the people of Kenya. So many workers in Kenya are receiving less than $2/day, if that. Some may not even get paid but they show up for work anyways just hoping they'll receive something. May I NEVER complain about working overtime or not getting paid enough. May I work hard & diligently with compassion not expecting a paycheck but expecting the Lord to prosper and bless those around me. Conviction.

Our "backyard" 

This was the best spot to get some wifi! And a lot of journaling took place back here. 

Brittney James Children Fund. People. Unity. Love.

Our drivers were AMAZING! These were our vans for the week.

Children playing on the swing set

The girls' garden 

Laundry! All hand washed.    

To get into high school in Kenya the children must pass tests. If they are unable to pass then they are left to find whatever jobs they can in the community. KenyaRelief seeks to provide these children a strong education and an empowering environment that makes them able to succeed and move on to high school and beyond in pursuit of their dreams.




As we neared the end of our tour I couldn't help but think of Isaiah 29:11 which states that God promises to prosper us. That He has a plan and purpose for each and every one of our lives. But the trick to prospering is to let go of our plans and our dreams and instead grab hold of God's dreams for us. For He can and will do far more and far better than our minds could ever even imagine. We have to be willing though to surrender and walk in blind faith.

The wall of dreams....

Steve called the murals you can see painted here his "wall of dreams." He states what a joy it has been to watch God work and provide even more than he could have imagined for the people of Kenya. I see Jesus here.... I see and feel His love and I am witnessing what it looks like to raise up a broken people to life. And to see that this all started with the dream of a young girl, Steve's daughter, who simply wanted to give a piece of her heart away to a young, stranger in Africa. Look what God can do! Look what he does in the midst of tragedy; He not only triumphs and lifts up lifts up those around us, but prospers us in the process.

Future site of a new hospital! Hallelujah! How many more will be helped within this infrastructure....

And the beginnings of a soccer field for sports ministry. Champions are made in a thousand invisible mornings sweating, persevering, and showing up when no on'es around to witness it.

A photo from the boys dorm: "Jesus said: Follow me & I will make you fishers of men."  
We may have no idea where God is taking us or why, but we do have to trust that it's going to be worth it. That our lives are so much more than what we want and feel and more so about how we can help and change the lives of those around us. Here I am in the middle of Africa, at the end of my anesthesia training, in the middle of October, in the midst of a spiritual journey deepening my relationship with God and strengthening my faith. God can use anybody we just have to be willing.

"Here we are Lord. Send us!" Isaiah 6:8 that we might leave our mark on a world that so desperately needs God's love, grace and mercy.

"Follow me & I will make you fishers of men" Jesus said...and immediately they (the disciples) left the boat and their father and followed Jesus" into a life of undeniable heartache, beautiful miracles and the joy of providing relentless service to others.

There is a message and power in the waiting... and there is a reward for walking and living in constant expectation that God is going to show up. 

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