Come Rain or Shine

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Well, what started as a cozy, little afternoon rain storm this weekend very quickly turned into a torrential downpour that all but flooded our house as well as the other ones down the way. But thankfully, as we were frantically working at our neighbors to get giant sand bags in place and channel the “river” down the sidewalk using wash tubs, we popped back over to our house to get supplies and saw how bad it had gotten in just minutes. We then all shifted our efforts “upstream” as it were and again frantically began diverting the water as best we could.

_MG_4017The downpour intensified as we rapidly cleared drains and made make-shift sand bags out of Nakumatt grocery bags, ziplock gallon-size bags and the nearby construction sand. Other neighbors from across the Compound came running out to help and together we began to make progress. The water was up past ankle-level but we had managed to keep it from spilling over the front step into our kitchen. The house at the end of the path, which is notorious for getting flooded, so far, had also successfully kept the “river” at bay by all of our efforts.

_MG_4018As more people came to offer assistance I began to hear stories of their experiences with the rains in Kenya, and the previous floodings of the other houses on the Compound. People reminisced as they filled sand bags and swooped bucketfuls of muddy water and I was reminded yet again of the wealth of international experience we were surrounded with. Not to mention, the wealth of selfless and giving hearts, who had come out in the midst of their own responsibilities that day, some of which included current ministry and important events.

As I noted in the moment and here now reflect on this experience, three truths stand out:

This is Kenya living-being ready at a moment’s notice for the climate to change (and lately more than one climate has been) as things rarely remain as they first begin. KEY: Kenya living has a compounded component to it.

This is Compound living-recognizing that when that climate does change it doesn’t just affect your household but those connected to you as well, which in truth, is everyone. KEY: Compound living has a communal component to it.

This is Community living- owning the fact that firstly, what affects one affect all, and secondly, we all will only make the most of it through the pouring out of ourselves for those around us AND the humble reception of others doing the same for us. KEY: Community living has a circular component to it.

In Kenya, in my most recent experience, the idea of being self sufficient and fully independent of others is an idea that simply doesn’t make sense. The understanding that we were created to be in community together is lived out every single day, come rain or shine and I for one, am so very, very thankful that it is.

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  1. Psalm 116 The Message (MSG)

    1-6 I love God because he listened to me,
    listened as I begged for mercy.
    He listened so intently
    as I laid out my case before him.
    Death stared me in the face,
    hell was hard on my heels.
    Up against it, I didn’t know which way to turn;
    then I called out to God for help:
    “Please, God!” I cried out.
    “Save my life!”
    God is gracious—it is he who makes things right,
    our most compassionate God.
    God takes the side of the helpless;
    when I was at the end of my rope, he saved me.
    7-8 I said to myself, “Relax and rest.
    God has showered you with blessings.
    Soul, you’ve been rescued from death;
    Eye, you’ve been rescued from tears;
    And you, Foot, were kept from stumbling.”
    9-11 I’m striding in the presence of God,
    alive in the land of the living!
    I stayed faithful, though bedeviled,
    and despite a ton of bad luck,
    Despite giving up on the human race,
    saying, “They’re all liars and cheats.”
    12-19 What can I give back to God
    for the blessings he’s poured out on me?
    I’ll lift high the cup of salvation—a toast to God!
    I’ll pray in the name of God;
    I’ll complete what I promised God I’d do,
    and I’ll do it together with his people.
    When they arrive at the gates of death,
    God welcomes those who love him.
    Oh, God, here I am, your servant,
    your faithful servant: set me free for your service!
    I’m ready to offer the thanksgiving sacrifice
    and pray in the name of God.
    I’ll complete what I promised God I’d do,
    and I’ll do it in company with his people,
    In the place of worship, in God’s house,
    in Jerusalem, God’s city.
    Hallelujah!

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