Monday, 17 November 2014

Oh for a Joy like This.


We have been back for nearly a week and my heart still can't stop thinking about these kids. I really miss them with such a burden, their joy & thankfulness to God despite how little they have! They taught me so much! Yesterday we were asked to sit on a panel in our Sunday School class and talk about our trip and the question of what did we learn from the Kenyan people came up.

The answer is overwhelming, because I am sure we learned more from them, than they did from us. Having been on trips before I knew we wouldn't be going on to accomplish amazing things that couldn't take place without us. That was not our goal or our focus, my husband and I both wanted to go knowing we were joining an organisation already very present in Kenya. Knowing the Lord was already moving among the people in the region this group is working in and we wanted to go and encourage them, witness what the Lord was doing & who knows maybe join them someday? We both feel so burdened to not live permanently in the comfort of the western world and instead to reach other people groups. Of course God is at work in our current community which we are privileged to be a part of and I don't view any of the work here as insignificant. The Lord calls people to different places to do His work and for some that means staying exactly where they are. Our hearts just burn with a passion to do His work elsewhere someday. 



But the children over in Kenya, they amaze me. They are just some of the happiest kids I have ever seen. And it broke my heart watching their everyday routine, how little they have, yet how joyful and excited they are to spend time together and with anyone who will play with them. The pace of life over there was just enjoyable, no stress over online activity or how many likes you have on social media. Just quality time with people, loving on others and enjoying late night conversations with the pastors. My heart is just full. I have no other words to describe the feeling. 

I never got to join the children for their evening devotions as our evening schedules didn't permit that to take place. If I go back, I really want to make that happen. We heard them singing praise songs late in the evenings a few times and it was incredible. 


He called a little child and had him stand among them. And he said: "I tell you the truth, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Therefore, whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. And whoever welcomes a little child like this in my name welcomes me. But if anyone causes one of these little ones who believe in me to sin, it would be better for him to have a large millstone hung around his neck and to be drowned in the depths of the sea."
Matthew 18:2-6



It took everything in me to leave, I wish we had the option to just stay permanently right now. To take on the task of loving these little babes, who were being cared for by 2 selfless amazing women 24/7. To contribute even a little to what the Lord is doing through this ministry. It feels so uncomfortable coming home and discussing Thanksgiving dinner, knowing their are hungry children where I was just a week ago. Or Christmas knowing that they don't even have a toy to call their own while most children in America have more than they could ever possibly hope to play with. 

It feels so unbalanced yet its strange to see which of the children are probably happier. (Not all, just general observations) It's very hard not to dislike the western world after going somewhere like Kenya and coming back feeling guilty about where the Lord has currently called us to. I'm still figuring out what to do with these feelings. 
Until then, I'm praying over and yearning for these kids again.....looking forward to seeing what the Lord does with this passion we both have for them. 



Plus, watching my hubby interact with the older school kids just melted my heart. That man is incredible with them, wanting to know their stories and make them feel special even if he only has a few minutes with them. Unfortunately I didn't have my camera with me when observing those precious moments, I was too busy etching them into my permanent memory. But it is hopefully something which will occur again and again in our future together. 

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Friday, 14 November 2014

Kenya.



My heart is so full as we just returned a few short days ago from Kenya. So much to think about, to process, to share & to be thankful for. 
Our travel adventure before we even started was quite the story. We ended up with a 6 hour delay in our home airport due to a mechanical fault with the aircraft. A problem with the de-icer, probably way more information than I would ever want to hear before departing to fly many hours over the arctic circle. (I was also recovering from a sinus infection, which was definitely aggravated by the pressure on all the flights)
This brought our arrival into Amsterdam 6 hrs behind schedule so of course we missed our connecting flight to Nairobi. Thankfully by an amazing delta assistant on twitter, we were all rebooked on an evening flight to Nairobi, that was nothing short of a miracle. So we hung out in Schipol airport all day, then boarded for our 2nd night flight to Kenya, arriving bright and early the following morning. 


The excitement about being in Africa was pretty high at this point, although I will admit my fear of flying and lack of sleep over the previous 2 nights was starting to wear on my body. All that to say, our brief 4 hr stay at a guest house in Nairobi to freshen up was a beautiful time. I don't think I would have woken from that nap if we hadn't set alarms though. That evening we boarded our 3rd and final flight to Eldoret, Kenya flying through a storm which made it pretty bumpy on landing. Then we were on a bus journey for about an hour until we arrived at our 'home' for the next week or so. We arrived to the sweet ladies at the guest house having made us dinner, they were amazing all week long at taking care of us! Cooking us meals & cleaning the place while we were gone all day doing ministry with the local pastors. 


Its certainly a long way from home for us. But oh my goodness it was totally worth all the hours of flying & African road travel (I will try not to complain about our roads this winter after experience their potholes). There was something so refreshing about being able to step away from the regular schedule of life and all its problems and privileges, and being a part of a ministry team which is so focused on eternal things. These pastors were truly the most godly men I think I have ever had the privilege of serving others with. I am so thankful for being able to spend a week learning how to be bold in sharing my testimony, in being willing to be used by the Lord to encourage other women in a completely different country and culture. Seeing all that He is already doing the other side of the world, and being blessed to witness such a small piece of that during our time there. 


Central Africa has been in my heart since I first went there in 2006, and the funny part was landing and feeling like I had come 'home.' How is it possible to feel that way about a village you have never been to before in your life. I felt it last time I arrived in Kenya & traveled to Tanzania. And again this time even though I never left Kenya. There is just something deep in my heart that is touched being there, something that seems to fit deep in my soul & feels like a piece of my heart is missing when I leave again. 


I was so excited to have experienced this with Andrew this time & watch his heart grow for the children and people we encountered. Who knows what the Lord will do with this passion. 


There will be more to come as I finish editing pictures and digesting all the emotions and experiences. 







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Thursday, 23 October 2014

Stitch Fix #5












Item one: Pixley Gonzalez Double Strap Button-Front Tank
Item Two: 31 Bits Pike Layered Cylinder Bead Necklace
Item Three: Ark n Co Bellatrix Embroidered Detail Maxi Dress
Item Four: Loveappella Odela Tie-Dye Chevron Maxi Skirt
Item Five: Skies are Blue Meia Woven Mixed Print Moto Jacket


Everytime that little box of joy arrives, we have another amazing evening planning outfits and taking pictures together. I'm beginning to love these Stitch Fix boxes for that reason alone! 
Never tried Stitch Fix before? You really should. 
You pay a $20 styling fee per fix (box of 5 items), a personal stylist picks out what she thinks you will like based on things you tell them you like & any pinterest board links you give them. Your $20 can then be used towards keeping an item or you can send them all back (free shipping both ways).

I love it because I always end up trying on clothes that I would never normally pick up in the store and usually find that I fall in love with things I don't normally like.
Plus for me its been great to invest in a few more expensive items that I know I can dress up at a minutes notice.

This time I asked for a long skirt for our upcoming trip (which I kept) and an Aztec sweater, I really wasn't a fan of this one, I felt it seemed too much like a carpet?? But I did find one I liked from f21. 


Plus my greatest joy in the box is always the styling cards which show you how to dress up the items with things you probably already have in your closet. 

You should give it a try and tell me what you think.

Much Love!



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