Monday, October 31, 2016

A New Source of Power

"Be strong in the Lord & His mighty power!" A good friend texted me this the day I left for Africa and told me to repeat it over and over again emphasizing different words every time. Be STRONG...... His mighty POWER.... Strong in the LORD....His MIGHTY power.

I decided that my goal while in Africa would be to unplug from the world and to plug completely into the Kingdom. In escaping the landscape of America and all of its distractions, I wanted to live in complete trust and dependence on God away from my "normal" and out of my comfort zone. In my journal entry that day I challenged myself to rest, be un-rushed, stay calm, and to see the needs around me.

In the airport I felt completely blanketed in prayers, love & support and whenever I started to feel the tinge bit of nervousness a tender but stern voice would say "Fear not, for I am with you Amanda."

The flights from Providence, RI to Detroit, MI to Amsterdam to Nairobi went safely and seamlessly. (Loved flying on that 747!) Once in Nairobi my team and I spent the night in a very quaint and gracious hotel before starting our 6-8 hour car journey to Migori, Kenya, Brittney's Home of Grace the next morning.

Flight Information!
Kenya Visa & Yellow Fever, Typhoid, Meningitis & Hep A proof of vaccination
Isaiah 6:8 

The Team!!! 2 surgeons, 1 medical assistant, 1 ancillary staff, 1 OB RN, 1 PACU RN, 3 CRNA's, 1 General Care MD, 1 SRNA!

Thank you Lord for bringing us together and sending us together.

Saturday, October 29, 2016

Kneeling & Serving

Before reading this blog I urge you to check out Steve James, CEO/Founder of Kenya Relief has an incredible story of how God can turn love and loss into something beautiful. It all started with the big heart of his young daughter and then her untimely death at the age of 19. Out of an unimaginable loss came an incredible missions organization that provides shelter, food, and clean water for the poor and parent-less, education for those who would have none, medical care for people who can't afford it, and the list goes on.

When God calls us into a life of service it starts with being surrendered to Him, placing value on others higher than oneself and not being afraid to get dirty and place ourselves in uncomfortable situations. It does NOT call for being perfect, having the best skills and being the smartest person in the room.

As the Son of Man knelt to his knees to wash his disciples feet he said to them, "Now that I, your Lord & Teacher, have washed your feet, you also should wash one another's feet. I have set an example that you should do as I have done for you. ...No servant is greater than his master, nor is a messenger greater than the one who sent him. Now that you know these things you will be blessed if you do them." John 13: 14-17, NIV.

I hope you can see the hand of God throughout this blog and that He leaves you inspired to do something out of the box. We don't have to leave the country to serve but we do have to leave the coziness of our homes, capture and eliminate the doubts in our minds, and put ourselves in the middle of the needs of others whether it's volunteer work, our churches, our living communities, or our workplaces. People, including ourselves, are hurt and broken and as people who love Christ we must live our lives humbly on our knees, just like Jesus, in the service of others.
The first thing we saw at the entrance of Brittney's Home of Grace.