Saturday, 28 September 2013

Well we are feeling more at home and settled in.  I have to say that I am not feeling as isolated as I was previously.  There are more people at home that speak English and the leadership team at Christ Glory Centre all speak English well.  I am picking up more Luo in the process and I just really feel at home, like I am in the “right place” doing the “right thing”.  There is such a sense of peace and purpose.  I am so grateful!  God has a perfect timing for everything.

Just yesterday we invited our leadership team over for lunch, to appreciate them for all their hard work and commitment.  We were humbled by the way they have served so diligently both in our presence and our long absence.  I can’t imagine any lead Pastor that would dream of being away from his congregation for 6 months?!  Pastor Joseph worked so hard in our absence overseeing the YFT projects and managing the church.
                                                    


                                     
                                       
We were struck by people’s commitment within such a young church, after all Christ Glory Centre was just launched in May of 2012.   God has done remarkable things!  We have a very dedicated team and we thank God for His grace and goodness! 

Our hearts have also been stirred with excitement.  We recognize that so often before God moves in extraordinary ways, it is proceeded by the unity of His people, coming together in the purposes of God.  I am reminded of the book of Acts 2: 1,2  “When the Day of Pentecost had fully come, they were all with one accord in one place.  And suddenly there came a sound from heaven, as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled the whole house where they were sitting.”  We later find, that the apostles went out in the power of God which became evident by the mighty miracles that took place by the Spirit of God.  So we are excited about what will do with such unity and hearts that are rendered His!


My second Sunday back, I had the privilege of leading a person to Christ and I have witnessed two healings.  One of a child that was healed of malaria and also a youth that was healed of some severe abdominal pain.  God is so faithful and mighty!  He has a name that is above every name!  Above every sickness and disease!  We anticipate His continued goodness and faithfulness.  Praise Jesus!
We thank God who has carried us through another week.  Last week we had a memorable visit.  We went to the homestead of Silas’s grandmother who had passed away.   She passed away when we were all still in Canada, so sadly, we were not able to attend her funeral.  Now we were returning to pay our respects and condolences to the family.

I was surprised to find that it wasn't a tearful visit but rather was filled with laughter and joy as people reminisced about the life and joy of grandma.  She was loved by many.    I always enjoyed her playfulness.  She had a wonderful sense of humor and she was always so welcoming with Ephraim and I.  She seemed to love us deeply even though she didn't know us very well.  I am told she often spoke of us with such fondness.



                                                               





During a Kenyan funeral people will come to visit, grieve and rejoice with the grieving family, worshiping through the entire night, if the deceased was a Christian.  Although there are some tears shed a better part of the time is spent filled with the hope and assurance that the diseased has gone on to a much better place in Heaven, and in that we rejoice and celebrate, counting Jesus faithful.  There is no sense of hopelessness and permanency that is marked with the very great sense of loss for someone who didn't know Christ.

We were so grateful to hear how many friends and family came together to honor the life of our beloved Grandma.  Worship teams came from all over.  People brought food and came and labored together to make this a memorable time for all.  The casket had been skillfully made, and was beautiful. 


We were told that when things first started being put together, there wasn't enough or very much for preparations but then people came, pooling their substance together and God moved and brought so much honor to grandma and our family.  He is so gracious.  The word of God was preached and lives were saved.  It was evident that death did not have the final say, but Christ was glorified and His life reigned in that place!  How glorious!


                                                              

Thursday, 19 September 2013

Well, we have arrived safe and sound in Kenya.  All of us are once again on the same continent at the same time!  Praise God!  Ephraim and I are settling in well.  God was gracious and during our second last flight there was even plenty of room for both of us to stretch out and get some much needed sleep.  It really helped prepare us for the last leg of the journey.  After a few days, I am not feeling so jet legged and I am slowly getting unpacked and putting our house in order.  The heat has been quite an adjustment this time around.  Ephraim seems untouched by any of it?  Children are so resilient!  He is still full speed ahead...into life....into Kenya.  He is like the king of the castle now with all the attention from the other children.  We have received such a warm welcome.  I believe we were truly missed!  I can't get over the growth and development since our last trip.  God is so faithful!  Wait till you see what He has done!  I will be sending some pics and some updates soon to keep you posted.  I also just want to thank everyone again for their generous hearts, prayers, support and love.  We are so grateful!  We have lots to celebrate together!  Until the next time...may God bless you and keep you!