I have been completely humbled by the support and energy that has been behind the Well Challenge this Lent season. For those of you who are unaware, many of us stood together during the past 40 days to fast from something that costs us money. Some fasted from drinking soda, or their daily Starbucks Coffee, while others fasted from eating out or going to the movies. The challenge was to take the money that you would spend on this, and donate it to help provide a well in Kenya, which would provide clean drinking water for so many in need. The challenge didn’t end there, but we asked that people continued to remember our Kenyan family in there prayers so that they would receive clean drinking water.
I have been so encouraged to see the dozens and dozens of water bottles that have returned with donations. This evening I had an Awana family come in with excitement as they returned their water bottle after fasting for over 40 days knowing that they were taking part in providing a well for a village in Kenya. It has brought me such joy to see people walk in on Sunday morning with a water bottle filled with donations to help provide a well. These aren’t just donations, but these are donations that people have sacrificed for, so that our brothers and sisters around the world could receive clean drinking water. God has continued to show me many different elements of the body of Christ, and again this stands true to show the true beauty of the body of Christ. I believe Jesus is looking down on us with pride, as we continue to help our family in Christ all over the world.
If you participated in this challenge, I lack words of appreciation. I am not only thankful for you, but honored that you are standing with us as we unite with our family in Christ. You are indeed a special blessing in my life as well as being a part of changing and improving lives in Kenya in the name of Jesus.
Asante sana, Mungu akubariki- this means, Thank You and God Bless you in Swahili
Watch this video to learn more about the challenge!
If you would still like to donate to the Well Challenge or bring this challenge to your church/ organization please contact me, we would be blessed to partner with you!
I remember how horrible I was in Mario Karts, or any driving video game growing up. I continuously crashed and never learned to slow down around sharp turns! I wish I could say this isn’t true for how I drive today (just kidding!) Because of my horrible driving in video games I constantly saw the little guy in a cloud that floated from the sky that warned you that you were going the wrong way. As much as this floating cloud guy irritated me, I really appreciated the heads up, because half the time I couldn’t tell if I was going the right or wrong way!
This past week, reminds me of playing Mario Karts, thankfully however, I’m not seeing, “Wrong way, turn around,” but instead I’m seeing “You’re going in the right direction, continue this way!” Over the past months, and especially the last couple weeks, God has constantly been affirming my life-long calling to Kenya. As much as I knew years ago that God would call me to live in Kenya, the encouraging, “Continue this way,” gives me peace to know I am still walking in God’s plan for my life.
One thing that I am motivated about this week is that God hasn’t only called me to Kenya, but God has called a team to help Kenya Missions continue in America. This was one of my biggest concerns being called to live in Kenya. I wanted to continue to have an opportunity for short-term missionaries to serve in Kenya. I know that God has given a heart for Kenya to many people, and what that means to each of us is different, and that is the beauty of the Body of Christ.
If you think God has given you a heart for missions and you would like to join us on a Mission Trip to Kenya in August 2013, please join us for an informational meeting at Trinity Lutheran Church in Pell Lake, Wi on Sunday May 6th at 10:30a.m.
Check out this video from our latest mission trip in 2011
If you have any additional questions about this trip, please don’t hesitate to ask!
At this point in my journey it seems like a dream, all the preparations, packing, planning and endless tasks. Sometimes my dreams seem more like reality than my actual life. But I don’t want to wake up from this dream that is my actuality because I am so enthralled at what God is doing all around me and through me; which is all for His Kingdom and glory. I have been eagerly waiting for this dream to become my reality,my dream has finally turned into my full time calling and purpose in Kenya.
I have three months left until I move to Kenya and continue my journey there. Half of the time I feel like three months is going to take forever to pass by. While the other half of the time I feel like I’m trying to do everything I can to slow down the time. While every holiday and significant event passes by I feel like I’m losing so much by moving away from my family, friends and everything I know.
Though this may be true, I know that I am gaining so much more than I could ever lose.
I’m gaining the blessings of serving my God- by showing a heavenly Father to the children who may have never known their earthly father, or sharing the power of a healing God to a widow suffering from HIV. Amongst the sorrows of leaving Wisconsin- I have a lot of hopefulness for what God has for Fred and me together.
I hope you will join me on this journey- this journey to more, as I continue to chase the fullness of Christ to the ends of the Earth. I ask you to stand with us in prayer as we face triumphs and victories as well as sorrows and failures. God has called me to this point in my journey, though He hasn’t promised this road to be an easy one. However, God has promised that this will be a journey that will lead me to experience more and MORE of Christ, which is a road that I never want to stray from.