Friday, 15 November 2013

YOUR PEOPLE SHALL BE MY PEOPLE...













I am humbled and touched by the kindness and favor, I am receiving by a people, who are not my people.  I am remembering the vows I took on our wedding day on October 9, 2004.  The scripture verse that God had given me was right from the book of Ruth, found in Ruth 1:16.17 which says,

16
" Entreat me not to leave you,
Or to turn back from following after you;
For wherever you go, I will go;
And wherever you lodge, I will lodge;
Your people shall be my people, 
And your God, my God.
17
Where you die, I will die,
And there will I be buried.
The Lord do so to me, and more also,
If anything but death parts you and me."

In fact it was even inscribed in our wedding invitations.  For me it was a commitment to my husband, that even if God called us to Africa, I would go where my husband would go. 

Before we were married, he wanted the assurance that I would be ready to live in Kenya, if that is where God asked us to live.  He made it clear that he loved his country and had a heart for his people, so there would be a great probability that he would someday return.  Would I be willing to do that?  Would I be willing to go?  I weighed that decision carefully.  I knew that if I was to marry this man that could someday be a possibility. 

Although at that time, I couldn't picture myself living in Kenya, my heart was clear on one thing…..That I would go where Christ asked me to go.  If that was Kenya, so be it!  Truthfully I was certain that once my husband went to Canada, he would want to stay there.  I took the question seriously but in the back of my mind I didn't think it would be an issue.  Our plans at that time did not include that.


Now nine years later, here we are living in Kenya.  Kenya is now home.  In my heart I am a blessed woman because I have two homes, one in Canada and one in Kenya.  But never in my wildest dreams did I imagine the love that God could put in hearts of the Kenyan people, for me and me for them!?  It has been humbling to receive.  Once again God has undone me with His love and kindness towards me.