Wednesday, June 29, 2011
So I apologize,there is too much to try and pack into 2-3 blogs, so I summarize. These trips are so full of action, reaction, emotion, thought, awe, inspiration, etc. Usually the trips blur by and there is little time to sit down and unpack most of it, prior to coming home. The trip home is usually not a good time for reflection, as I am usually spent. This trip is a bit different, as we sent the team off to the airport on Saturday to return to Texas, but our family and the McKowns headed down to the Masai Mara game park to “holiday” as the British world says. We spent 2 nights at a beautiful lodge called Mara Simba which was on the banks of a river, where we could eat our meals and watch hippos and crocs frolic in the river. The place was amazing and serene, as we drove across the savannah and saw some of the Creators amazing work. The landscape and animals were very beautiful, being 10 feet from an elephant and a cheetah is cool. Our stay there also included some family time and some down time; where I was able to start unpacking the journey and what impact it has had on me and my family. More on that to come.
After our safari, we went back to Naomi's Village and took the McKowns to the IDP camp to meet with Joseph and see his new “house” and his old “house.” His old house was a UN white tent that was about 10x15x8 and he had lived in it since 2008.
Most of us, including myself have always had more than we needed. So what is the proper response?, and how should I react?, what would I do in their situation? Would I call it a blessing as Joseph does? He describes losing everything, but finding everything in Christ as a result. I know God does not call all of us to this, but He does command us to be willing to give all up for Him. It is easy to say I/you would, but it has never been asked of me, so its all speculation and hope. Paul states we can do all things through Him (Christ) who strengthens us, that is the only way. We must seek Christ and pray that we would yearn for him, “As a deer pants for water.”
All together, this is one of my top 2 favorite trips ever, putting it together and getting to Kenya was stressful, but the team was amazing. The kids were inspiring and brought out the best in us. The medical team helped to heal people physically and spiritually. Kenya is a special place, it is a place of great beauty, but also much tragedy. The statistics ready:700 kids a day orphaned, 5000 babies a year abandoned, many more than that neglected and abused. I am hopeful and inspired buy what is going on at Naomi's Village and am humble to be part of it. Asante Sana
Thursday, June 23, 2011
Saturday, June 18, 2011
Thursday, June 16, 2011
Naomi's Village opened up for kids in January of this year and currently has 21 children.
Our team is going to construct a wooden swing set and play ground we are also hosting a 4 day medical clinic for the children, workers, and people of the surrounding area.
It is going to be an amazing time serving our Creator and living out James 1:27 in the Great Rift Valley of Africa.
Please pray for our team
Mike, Jennifer, Emily, Paige
Bill, Chrissi, Cole, Kaleigh
Ryan and Elizabeth
Gary and Debra
Steve and Alex
Hopefully we will have good Internet access and be able to post pics and blogs
Monday, June 13, 2011
Thursday, June 24, 2010
Naomi's Village is a children's home that the Mendonsa family along with our organization Lost Orphans International is building outside Kijabe, Kenya.
When God laid this trip on our hearts 7 months ago, we were excited, but very unsure of if we were walking down the right path, but as is His way, we knew that if we followed His prompting all would come together. Making the decision to take our 8 and 7 year old girls was a major decision, one that we have and still struggle with at times; but ultimately we know they are meant to go. I can not wait to see how God reveals Himself to them and the experiences that will last a lifetime with them. I know God will use this trip and a corner stone in their lives that He will build upon and use to mold them. They will (as will we) get to see the "reality" of this world and to see what it means when Jesus said to love your neighbor.
I will be posting more as we get closer and while we are on the trip, you can also follow the official Lost Orphans International Blog at www.lostorphans.com Go ahead and check out the blog from the recent trip to Vietnam.
Thursday, December 31, 2009
...And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, "now the dwelling of God is with men, and he will live with them. They will be His people and God himself will be with them and be their God. He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away."
He who was seated on the throne said, " I am making everything new!"... Rev 21:3-5
Happy New Year!
I pray your new year finds you as blessed as I feel I am right now, we spent the day (New Year's Eve) in 2 remote villages feeding approximately 220 families who are extremely poor, we visited the home of a family who collected cow dung and sold it as fertilizer, as their primary source of income. They invited us into their houses and into their lives, it was humbling and uncomfortable. But through ut all we say Him!
We have had some guests with us on this trip, one couple from HCM and their infant son. Ester and Tuan, have blessed us in the short time we have gotten to know them. Today she started the day off with her testimony, Wow. She decribed a life of bitterness, despair to the point of the entire familiy attempting suicide, oppression, and pain. But as He promises, one day she found Jesus, and her whole family soon followed. The result is what I belive is the same result we have, though we take it for granted.....HOPE. See Jesus makes "All things new" He delivered Ester and her family from despair and gave them a forever! Their current lives show no resemblance to their past, I am not sure I have met a more joyful, loving, caring, warm person in my life. The radiance of Christ is overwhelming in her life and it is contagious and convicting, because we have all been offered the same salvation from our dispair and depravity, yet even those of us who accept the salvation, do not fully understand our depravity enough to accept the full glory of Chirst in our lives. Every where we went and with everyone she could, she shared her salvation and offered His glory to others. It was a blessing to watch.
We finished the day by playing with the kids and then taking the older kids out to eat ice cream, again what a joy to be part of His love to these precious little ones. Many have been saved from death, while others have been rescued from horrible abuse and mistreatment, and now have a chance to find The Hope and cling to the promise that all things will be made new and there will be a day of no more tears.