As I opened the pages, memories rushed back to me. It started with June 25, 2009, I had written:
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“Jambo! (Hello) After traveling for over 32 hours, we finally made it. As we came in late last night (around midnight) you could not see a thing. The only thing I really remember is the peace I had when I arrived. We woke up this morning or I should probably say afternoon around 12:30PM, and then quickly went to lunch. And I was shocked at what I saw. The darkness that we had driven through last night and all of it was finally lit up. We were right on the Indian Ocean! It was beautiful and the weather is so nice with the warmth of the sun on my face and the cool breeze coming off the ocean. I feel so spoiled amongst this beauty. God used this picture to remind me of how blessed I am.
Psalm 42:11, “put your hope in God, for I will yet praise him, my Savior and my God.”
Coming onto this trip, I viewed it as just another ‘trip’. A trip with responsibilities attached and then we were flying here I realized how wrong I was.
I am here for the Lord, to serve the Lord and to live through the Lord. This is what I am here to do. This is what I am made to do. Am I ready? Of course not, but I am willing to throw my heart on the line and serve the Lord. I am in Mombasa, Kenya to leave a mark on the people. And if I at least make a change in one person’s life or in no ones at least I know I have planted a seed for the Lord to become fruitful within each one of them.
Philemon 1:4-7 ‘I always thank my God as I remember you in my prayers, because I hear about your love for all his holy people and your faith in the Lord Jesus. I pray that your partnership with us in the faith may be effective in deepening your understanding of every good thing we share for the sake of Christ. Your love has given me great joy and encouragement, because you, brother, have refreshed the hearts of the Lord’s people.’”
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It has now almost been five years since my first step on Kenya soil and as I look back, I am in complete shock of everything the Lord has done in my life and in the life of the people I serve in Kenya. God is good, all the time.
My eighteen-year-old self taught me a valuable lesson the other day. She taught me that in midst of where I am or what I am doing that I am always a servant for Christ. She reminded me to give it all to the Lord, to put my heart on the line for the Lord and to serve. Serve with all my might. She reminded me that the Lord is not just in scripture, but He is in the beauty of the sun, He is in the people we pass by, He is Here, right now. Our God is our Father, our Savior and our best friend.
When was the last time you said hello to Him?
He is there, waiting for you, waiting for us to engage in His presence.
Let Him set a fire in your soul that you cannot contain or control.
And as you give Him your everything, let Him fill you up with all of Him.
Radiating HIS love Everyday,