Sunday, October 30, 2011

We didn’t expect this to be easy...

We didn’t expect this to be easy... 
...but this last week has ALMOST felt like too much!
 

Visits from drunk neighbors...
 
 

Complicated laundry and dishwashing...

  

State department terrorist warnings...
 



Visitors and more visitors...
 

 


Dirty feet...


Exhaustion...
 



No water, no showers...

 
I'm just not sure I can handle all this!!!
 




Then - I remember.  Ahhh... Your promise... 
 

 
 
“Your grace, wisdom, strength, and courage are all measured out - perfectly - to correspond with my needs!”  James 1:2





I’m clinging onto this one!!!
Thank you, Lord!

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Have you hugged your toilet today?

When we moved into our new house, I actually worried a little about how our family would make it with just ONE bathroom.  We have almost always lived in a home with 2 ... it always felt like we really NEEDED them both!
Our glorious bathroom!
So, how did God prepare us for this new change?
Well, we've lived here in our ONE bathroom home for a week now.  During this week, we have had no water... so, carrying bucket after bucket has made every task take a little longer... even brushing our teeth has new obstacles!

For one 24 hour period, we didn't have a toilet that we could use at all!  Since we live in a city, there aren't a lot of bushes around for us to duck behind... and wherever we go outside, we have a swarm of children that accompany us (no privacy for a little bathroom break outdoors!)
These are some of our neighbors - we haven't mastered carrying buckets on our heads yet!
 Interestingly, once the toilet was fixed, carrying the buckets to flush didn't seem hard at all!!!

And, we haven't felt at all the pinch of just ONE bathroom!  .....We are very grateful for ONE bathroom!!!

God does have a wonderful way of making us recognize our blessings!!!

Friday, October 21, 2011

Teen Girls... Moms... Breadwinners...
These young girls have a lot 
on their plates already!!
 
Hope is what they need...
Hope is what Jesus has to offer!

When we reached out for struggling teen girls in Ngando, we soon realized that that includes almost every one of them!




What is extra special about this outreach to me is that Ngando is the neighborhood we just moved into.   
These are our new neighbors

This is the road to our house!
We make sure our planning meetings are also fun!

Meet some of our team - from Nairobi Chapel.  An amazing group of women who are passionate about empowering these girls, and more importantly sharing the Love of Jesus with them!


After 2 meetings with the girls, we took some time to visit them in their homes.  Really a special day!  Amazing to realize that most of them are already mothers!
Nancy's home (she is standing right next to me).  Nancy is a mother of 4.


 


Along with the relationships we are building, we are teaching them some trades that will enable them to support their families.   




Abby and I loved learning how to make soap and bleach with them!  






...And it actually works great!!!  We used the soap we made to clean our own home after the construction and before we moved in.  





Next week... shampoo with the Ngando girls...  Be watching for our family's radiant hair in future pictures!

Please pray with us for each of these girls.  Hope is what they lack... Hope is what Jesus has to offer them!

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Can't get her out of my mind!

Abby started volunteering at the orphanage awhile before I made it there...  
She couldn't wait to introduce me to Tabitha. 


I think it is contagious... we all love her now!


A precious, precious little girl -
I guessed she was 4 or 5 months old because she is so tiny... 
but no, she is over 18 months old! 


And I just can't get her out of my mind!


We have checked into adoption here - legally, the answer is "wait... for years..."
So, we realize that for now, 
God has called us to pray.  
For Tabitha and for so many others.


What comforts me as I think about Tabitha ... often... is that...
God can't get her out of His mind either!  

 He has shown you, O mortal, what is good.  And what does the Lord require of you?  To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.  Micah 6:8

Friday, October 7, 2011

My new "secret"...

I've learned a secret to homeschooling....
 



In a culture where a knock on the door is an honor,

Where a cup of tea, a smile and a visit are always only a "hodi"  (Knock) away,

 With so many interruptions, how will we get all our school done!?!

My secret...  I've just stopped calling them interruptions - and realized they are an important part of "school"!

Nathan cuddles

Abby and Bramwell share the same birthday.!












Balloon sword fight!
Today, Susan arrived with her beautiful baby, Bramwell.   After a nice visit, she asked if she could leave the baby with us while she went to look for some "greens" for their dinner.  My mind struggled for a minute as I calculated the set-back in our homeschool schedule.  But not for long!  
Susan and Bramwell
As I reminded myself of her story, my answer was, "Of course!"  After Susan's Mom's death, her father remarried and kicked her out of the home.  While living with her sister and attending high school, she became pregnant with Bramwell.  Now she struggles to make it with her beautiful son!  How can we NOT say yes? 


What better gift for my children to learn than this 
- People are ALWAYS more important!  
When someone has faced rejection often in their life, that cup of tea and welcoming spirit are so very much more valuable than Math facts and Spelling words!

Precious Bramwell!

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Healing...

HEALING...

 
  
Brad’s wounds are healing quickly!

Our fears are being calmed.

We’re back to our normal routine




What will LAST 
from the experience of Brad’s mugging? 

Our prayer matches with God’s promise...




 

 Ecclesiastes 3:11  He has made everything beautiful 
in His time.
Romans 8:28  And we know that in all things, God works for the good of those who love him...


We feel thrilled to have already experienced something absolutely beautiful that only God could bring about... 

You may remember that after Brad was attacked, he drove himself for a little while but then passed out.  A modern day "Good Samaritan" offered to drive the car to the hospital with Brad in the passenger’s seat.  The man that drove our car is Charles.



This is Charles driving our car - this time NOT sitting in a seat covered with glass and blood.
Last week, we were honored to visit Charles in his home.   Where he lives, and how he lives were absolutely humbling to us. 


Kibera - the slum where Charles lives... one of the areas we came to Kenya to serve!
Sam - leading the way on the "road" to his house.
We enjoyed hearing his version of what that day was like.  Most touching was the realization that he had been very late to work that day.  He actually risked loosing his job, offering to get Brad to the hospital.   Amazing love and a true sacrifice!


Brad with Charles, his beautiful wife, Mercy and his 2 children


 We anticipate finding God’s goodness in more ways than this as we walk out of a difficult situation, being held up by the promise of His love and faithfulness, encompassed by his peace.