Sunday, September 29, 2013

Trusting in a God who knows all!

Good morning to all of you across the world as we are well into our day here in Kenya! It has been a rich morning listening to sermons reminding us of the GREAT GOD whom we have the privilege of serving every day of our lives!  Everyday is a new adventure here with many great laughs and new memories, like eating noodles with strawberry jam for dessert and a scrambling across the kitchen trying to catch our last decent sized mirror only to end with it shattering on the floor. Haha J It’s amazing how the littlest things can bring much joy and excitement around here: running water, a visitor, meat for supper, electricity, a room with a light bulb J The list could go on!

 As for what we are doing here, the Lord has not yet revealed to us our purpose for being here but He sees it all stretched out before Him and that is enough to keep us hopeful in this time of waiting. Many of you ask what we are doing and probably wonder what we do day to day here. Each day ends up unfolding something different. We are slowly learning to commit each day afresh to the Lord here and trust Him to plan our agenda for the day. It’s a very strange thing! We are very used to having a plan to fill our day or easily being able to find something to do and it’s tempting in the midst of the day to get impatient because we feel like we should be doing service, working for the Lord, doing something great! But is service to our God more important than knowing Him? We are thankful for these days of waiting, that we can seek the Lord without the distractions of life at home.

Friday, we spent the day at Goodson School where we spent our time last year. It was SOOO fun seeing the kiddos smiling faces! A lot of them we knew from last year and we were amazed at how much they had grown. We really enjoyed spending the day holding precious little babies. There are about 6 of them right now and one was a tiny 3 week old baby girl!

 Lord willing we will be starting a Bible study at our house with girls age 14-18ish soon, with 2 DVD series from Leslie Ludy!!! We are extremely excited for this opportunity for girls here to know more of their Jesus and what that looks like lived out. We would greatly appreciate your prayers for the girls and the preparation of their hearts to receive the Truth.

May we strive to live every moment in communion with our worthy God. He drank our bitter cup of the wrath of God which we deserve and instead gave us the cup of Life and Righteousness. Thank you dear brothers and sisters for your prayers!

Friday, September 20, 2013

We Moved!!!

May the Lord be praised!   
Yes we are still alive and kicking over here. Sorry for the delay and lack of updating activity.  We didn’t have internet for a while. Then we got it and our computer crashed.  Thanks to some brainy computer guy it is now fixed and we are carrying on as normal.  Wait, what is normal?! haha
We are moved! YAY! It is so good to be here!  The house has one bedroom, a sitting area, a bathroom/washroom and a kitchen. (we will post pictures soon) The night we moved in we didn’t have electricity and it was getting dark so we hurried and tried to clean the bathroom and the kitchen as best we could in the fading light.  We were just finishing up when the heavens opened and started pouring torrents of rain… we shortly found out about the lack of guttering on the house.  We scrambled in the dark to find a way to curb the swelling tide(haha). We looked at eachother as we waded around laughing at the memory that was being made. Now our house is freshly scrubbed and shining. We feel blessed to call it home! We pray that it is an environment that people find inviting and most importantly where the Lord is welcome and Reigning!                                                                                                                                              As we sit here tonite we are enjoying our tea to the sound of rain on the roof. God is good. We are blessed.  Our bellies are full from a sort of “Thanksgiving meal” we just enjoyed in celebration of finally getting gas so we could cook.   Tonite we broke the three day diet of bread and bananas to enjoy a family sized box of macaroni and cheese.  We enjoyed all six servings thanks to our dear friends back home in Indiana! Thanks you two!!! 
Currently we are in the middle of applying for our work permits.  We are just amazed at the connections God has provided.  Sometimes we just don’t have words to say… His faithfulness abounds and His grace is continually sufficient.  I cant say enough what a privilege it is to be on this journey with Him.  When we met with the man who is helping us with our permits he asked what we would like to do. We told him we would like to work with kids and possibly have some kind of home.  He laughed and said “You might be here forever.”  Only the Lord knows… we are certainly excited to find out!
Thank you all for your prayers!  As we walk through each day we see and feel the evidence of them.  May God bless you! Continue dear friends! As you pray for us.. we are also praying for you. 
Specific prayer points:
For our sanctification and growth in the knowledge and obedience of the Lord
For Heavenly discernment and wisdom
That the Gospel would be preached and believed
That young children would be freed from sin and experience love and salvation in Christ
That God would be exalted and glorified in ALL things
Asante sana! May the world be drawn to Christ as they see His church living for Him.
All praise be to our gracious God for sustaining all of us thus far.    

“Lets come and cast ourselves at the feet of the nail pierced Son of God and tell Him that we are going to obey Him, and love Him, and serve Him, as long as we live because He is worthy!” –Paris Reidhead

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen. Ephesians 3:20-21
Isnt is amazing that our God is far bigger than our tiny little minds can grasp? We often limit Him with our little faith, fears, and doubts. To us, He is only as big as we allow and trust Him to be in our lives. Every moment we walk with Him we see He is bigger than we knew Him to be only a moment before, especially in trying situations. So we have seen here…we thank the Lord for the situations in which He puts us, even if they are hard, for we may have never known the Lord in the way in which that situation would allow us to know Him. “Hopeless and impossible situations” are nothing other than perfect opportunities for the Lord to show us His greatness and put us in awe of His faithfulness. His power is IMMEASURABLE. His grace is SUFFICIENT. His love is PERFECT. J
Before we left the US, we had seen that Paul Washer’s ministry(HeartCry) supported 2 pastors in Kenya and we had seen that one of them used to attend a church in Nairobi. We excitedly looked it up and to our amazement found that they were strongly Bible-based and had quotes from great Christian father’s of the faith. We were sooo excited to find like-minded believers and a church in which we were challenged to grow and seek Him more. It was not based on the culture and trying to attract people but upon Jesus Christ and the Cross. So we now officially have a church!!!!!!!!!
Lord willing, tonight we will be moving into our house J J It is around the same area where we stayed last year. We have been staying with friends for the past 2 weeks, whom we have very much enjoyed getting to know. Every day after school the neighborhood kids pile in our compound, and we play games and run around until we are all exhausted and the sun has went to sleep! It has been so much fun and we pray that the Lord may show these kiddos the His love through us.

Thank you all for praying and please continue to do so. We are hoping to meet with someone this week to figure out our visa situation. You can be in prayer for the Lord’s guidance in that.  Asante sana!