Monthly Archives: February 2013

Election Update

2007 was Kenya’s last election, and because of injustice, corruption and
tribalism Kenya was a disaster for three months due to violence and shifts in
power.  We are hoping and praying that the election on March 4th will be peaceful and God’s protection upon the people of Kenya.  However, the political status in
Kenya right now is very tense and it is hard to foresee what will follow this
election.

We have spent a lot of time this month getting prepared for Kenya’s upcoming elections; including processing Lucy’s passport. We have been praying through the best option for our family, and with the support of our home churches, we will be able to safely travel to Tanzania, our boarding country during the election season to ensure our families protection.

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Please join us in prayer for our families, friends, ministries partners and the entire country. Most people don’t have this option to seek shelter, so we are praying for God’s peace to dwell in all of Kenya. We are eternally grateful that we have home congregations that have our best interest at heart; it has warmed our heart to see how much people care and love us. For the bottom of our hearts, we are thankful to be your missionaries.

Your Kenya Missionaries,

Holly, Fred & Lucy

 

 

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Only for Him

Since I moved here in August, God has continued to show us ways that we can have an impact on the community in our daily lives. Most of the time God reveals things to us through other people and this situation is no different.

After Fred and I got married, a widow from our church (who has given birth to 18 children) continued to bless our family. Every week she would come over with fresh vegetables from her garden for our family. The first time she came, I was grateful and touched by her gift. It’s sometimes difficult to receive gifts like these because we can afford to eat every day, while this woman and others in the community, might go without food some days.

This widow kept on giving, every week for almost 3 months she would bring more and more over, once even a chicken! God started to reveal to me her joy in giving. After the first few months of being in Kenya, the joy of giving I had started to slip away. The need is so vast, people’s request for assistance was continual and I was growing weary. I’m someone that loves to give, support and be of assistance, but I was growing weak.

I was in prayer about this for a while, because God continued to show blessings to my family financially, we were and are okay, why was I not happy to support someone who needed help?

I’m grateful that God used this widow to bring new joy to my life. Part of my struggle with giving, was that it was almost always, someone coming to ask for support. As a family we were never able to say we wanted to help someone without being noticed, without receiving the glory, without looking like the providers. 

ImageA few months ago we started to anonymously give away monthly Food Basins, basins filled with food for the family, vegetables, fruits, bead, milk, meat, maize, beans, rice, flour and soap. Fred goes to the market to do our monthly shopping and gets double of everything so we can fill a new basin (commonly used in household chores) with necessities for a family that needs an extra touch of God’s provision and love that month. After everything is finished, we pray over the Food Basin and for the family, we bring it to a local shop and give them a number to call to collect their items. We tell the shop employee, a good friend, not to reveal who has donated these items for the family, but that the provision is directly from their Heavenly Father.

Why does this bring me so much joy? Because it’s for His Glory. From His hand to theirs. He is the provider, we are the vessels. It’s always a joy to be used by God. To sacrifice for God. To have Him be noticed, and us work in the background. What an honor to love the least of these through His strength and provisions.

This simple touch of giving has renewed my joy in giving. Even as other requests come in throughout the month for assistance, God’s joy in me is fervent. We continue to seek God in supporting the communities every day needs that come up and ask for discernment and guidance in how we support and give.

I’m not sharing this to boast. I’m sharing this to challenge you. How can you help your community? How can you go the extra mile for a family in need? It’s funny- God fixed my un-joyful heart in giving….by challenging us to give more.

This is my journey to more…more of Him, more of His joy, more of His direction, more of His grace, more sacrifices, for Him!

 

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Opposites attract :)

One of the biggest ways that Fred and I are different from each other is his talent for music and worship. We are similar in the sense that we both love music and worship, but if I were ever to sing with a microphone, the church would be empty, that is for sure. 

Fred has a passion for worship and loves helping people feel the presence of God through music, and he does a beautiful job at it. It’s amazing to watch him worship and see how people are touched by God by his music. I always knew Fred was good at singing, but not until after I got married to him did I realize how much people loved him leading them into worship on Sunday morning. 

The first month we were married we traveled around to our different church branches and every church we visited invited Fred to come up to lead worship. It’s safe to say that he has a God given anointing when it comes to worship.

Our worship team has has the opportunity to produce a CD and record some special songs. They have been traveling to a nearby city, Eldoret to see the studio and work towards their final project. In March they will go for their final studio session. 

Here are some pictures from their last visit. Keep them in your prayers as their music would continue to touch peoples hearts. 

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