Well the last couple weeks…. A roller coaster….
A week in Nairobi at the Compean Safe House was restful and refreshing. A washing machine to do laundry among other amenities made our stay even better! Top that with a great host, a new friend from Cali and an opportunity to meet several other seasoned missionaries. It was really a blessing of a week on so many levels. It was Ed, Tom, Randy and myself. Please keep Kelli, Ed’s wife in prayer as she cares for her mama back in California who was diagnosed with progressive cancer. I was sorry she was not there to just have some time with her but the guys were fun and we monitored things from more of a GI Joe/Boy Scout/super hero angle. We had much time in prayer, some devotions and just time of hearing of God’s story in one another’s lives.
The wait was long and much like hurricanes in Florida that show Tampa in the cone of the projected path of a cat 4 or 5. We had supplies of water, batteries, food and gas-filled cars. We had the crackle of a transistor radio going much of the time. At one point I could hear the crackle but knew the one in the living room was off… I looked out the window and Manasa, who works on the compound, was sweeping and watering plants with a small one sounding from his pant pocket.
All of Kenya was leaning in and the sense of uncertainty was strong. So many praying for peace after the tragedy of the last election when tribal tensions rose to violence that took over 1000 lives and over 600,000 people displaced.
This violence is not who or what Kenya is. I’ve sat with them. I’ve sung praises with them. I’ve gathered spinach in their shambas and chatted with them in their dukas as I select fruit for dinner. I have ridden with them on matatus and I have refereed badminton games… And, I have sat together as we open the Word of God and cried out for His Spirit to fall and cover this nation, her people and the president-elect. And yet – the same enemy that plagues us in America, plagues us here and the stir of evil is no different.
So far, so good, as the saying goes. Aside of some isolated incidences that were quickly diffused by authorities… All has been calm. Oh sure, armed solders on the bench outside the grocery store or walking down your street, or checking your car in every parking lot you enter is a bit unnerving, it has actually become routine in a very short time. THAT in itself reveals just how quickly our senses can be numbed… huh?
Please keep praying. The election is being strongly challenged and the reports Randy reads each night stirs just a bit of anxiousness, which we are very very quick to make our requests know to God and indeed, HIS perfect peace guards our heart!
Now, on Some other notes…
We are filled with thanksgiving for our new car!
Wow wow wow what a blessing and a constant reminder of God’s provision! But if I may ask you to keep this in prayer as you praise…. After all of maybe 2 hours on the roads Randy has announced he drives just like a Kenyan. Just so you know… This is not good on two levels…. He now thinks he can drive like they drive…. AND…. Driving like Kenyans is not so good. To help you understand, one evening as we walked into Pastor Ed’s home, I did request that we just go head and schedule marriage counseling.
First Randy says I am to navigate and be his second pair of eyes keeping watch for the unmarked speed bumps on the highway, people, often children, darting across the roads, round abouts, piki pikis, roaming herds,
pot holes that would alert sink hole monitors back home, all while watching the map and giving directions.
Now, understand, there are ZERO traffic lights which means ZERO composure opportunities…. You know, I’ve said enough, you get the picture, right?
When we came back Sunday I saw my new friend Elizabeth down the lane. She waved with both hands and came running. “God is good” she told me! She explained how she had read the verses I had written down on a card I had left for her. I had left it with another woman the day we left, disappointed I had missed her. She told me she had read all the verses and honestly, talked so fast and excited that I missed lots of it. We are meeting Saturday to study the “Word of God”. She is the most excited I’ve ever seen anyone and I walked away after a big hug from her filled with such joy and yet convicted for taking the idea of sitting with His Word for granted. Oh God, deepen my love for You and Your Word!
OH OH OH…. We’ve been approved for our Work Permits! This is huge and nothing short of God! We have school mates that are still waiting after four, six and eight months! Keep praying as we wait “to receive instruction on the collection” but do join us as we thank Jesus!
God is teaching much! We become more aware each day of our increasing need for Him. We are so aware of the need to be in His Word and on our knees. And over the last couple of weeks we have heard more and more of the darkness in the Kisii region with witchcraft and tribal traditions that I definitely am sensing God both preparing us as well as emphasizing our need for prayer. PLEASE KEEP us, Kenya and the people of Kisii in prayer!
Ah, yea, keep the language in prayer… Nuff said there!
That’s about it for now. Please know we love, appreciate and pray for you all constantly. Be blessed and press in, our Lord is Great!