What a wonderful day!
Thank you Lord! Your mercies are new, Your blessings flow and Your faithfulness amazes me! Your work and Your touch, Your Spirit moving before my eyes… YES, YES, YES! I want to be a part of everything I can!
Rainy season in Kenya is beginning. We woke to the gentle rain that lulled us to sleep all night. A leisure morning, sweet time in God’s Word, devotional blessing and my Saturday prayer list which is all about missions and missionaries. My list is growing each week as God crosses our path with others serving Him far from home.
We headed out early with our first stop… Java House! Ahhhh I needed that! Didn’t even bother to see if it’s on the list of foods I can eat or not!
We then stopped by the home of a couple we go to language school with. They have been serving in Senegal for 7 or so years and have recently been sent here to Kenya. We sat and chatted for a short while and, well, you would have to meet them. Jason and Dorothea Lee. They have been great encouragers these last few months. And Jason… He just reminds me of my boys… A combination of the two… Hilarious, sincere, crazy, class clown, smart and just a great guy who loves his family. Dorothea, the perfect, hold-her-own help mate! They have a beautiful family and it was fun to meet the kids today.
After a few errands we headed to Ed’s. He was hosting a get together to welcome the Pottingers back from a furlough in the states. Kelli is still in the states but will be headed back in a few weeks!
As we drove up we saw a little one run through the house! We were greeted at the door with hugs and introductions. Just my style!
I first met Matt Pottinger when he came to teach at the conference in Kisii our team hosted in 2011. Months before leaving the states, I met his wife, Peggy, via email when she responded to a post I did on the CCMW site. http://ccmissionarywomen.wordpress.com/ Her sweet encouragement had hinted that I would very much like to know her better. Today totally confirmed that.
They have two girls… Almost 6-year-old, confident and talkative Kenya Grace. Oh my she made me smile as she told me how she had been “making good choices” after I complimented her on helping her sister, 2-year-old Joelle. Of course I had to spend a little time with them… Just to catch a grandma breath. Check em out… http://www.thep3inkisumu.blogspot.com/
It’s pretty sweet to meet people you have prayed for by name, prayed for their ministry and requests you know. It really is a gift to see God stir a little “history” through those prayers and bind hearts through His Love!
THEN…. we met Ramsey & Vicky Vule and their very tall handsome 4-year-old Elhanan. They are missionaries in Sudan, where Ramsey is from. I spent maybe an hour in a conversation of 7, and while I’ve learned more about them since coming back and reading their blog… I just felt that sweet connection in Christ! You can read more about them too… http://vules.blogspot.com/
There is this unspoken bond, this comradery, this unity that I have observed among the missionaries here. And when I just looked up that word for the spelling… It’s definition… the special comradery that exists between soldiers that have experienced the crucible of combat together. Well, that runs even deeper as I sit and listen to them talk and share and discuss… Well… The battle field.
So… In the last few weeks… I’ve met some sisters… Camille, Sissy, Vicky and Peggy, along with a few I am afraid I can’t remember their names… So… I’ll just call them Sweetie. Anyways… As just this morning I found myself missing friends with whom I have long history… I still prayed through my list of missionaries, stopping on each one and asking God to fill them, anoint them, comfort them, assure them, remind them…. Praying for them as I am learning their needs suggested through my own.
And… Today… God showed me His faithfulness as I see Him building a family like He has blessed us with over the last 8, 10, 15, 20 even 25 years.
A different branch in the family tree, a different part of the battle field, but indeed, the same family and the same purpose!
OHHHH. To top it off…. I came back home to meet with Elizabeth. We sat on the front porch. Read a couple of chapters in Joshua and she shared a little of her battle…. When she left she was encouraged by Gods Word and she was expectant of His promises. All I can say is our God is so amazing and He is moving in ways so that the Word of The Lord can be fulfilled! AND… He is letting me sit in another front row seat!! Oh yeah… Let me be a part, Lord, I wanna be a part!