Bearing the Glory of Love

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 Momentous milestones usually call for momentous words of wisdom and insight. Yet at 2am as I involuntarily welcome the advent of one such milestone for my husband and I- our 10-year anniversary, I find my profound wisdom and insight to be uh, shall we say, a bit slow on the uptake. 

I know I should be able to pull something brilliant from the last decade…I mean, come on, with 10+ annoyingly humorous situations involving fire, 9 different (mostly questionable) hair styles, 8 failed attempts at gardening, 7 job changes, 6 cars, 5 epically disastrous culinary episodes, 4 house moves, 3 garage sales, 2 miraculous baby girls, and ONE international move, surely there’d be something. 

But alas, in my sleepless stupor, I find only reflection and gratitude ready and waiting…so, here’s my offering: 
10 years…in truth, no language on earth could ever adequately describe the adventure it’s been- the challenges, the discoveries, the journey. We are increasingly humbled and awed at the terrifying and tremendous privilege it is to be divinely charged with loving one another. Yet standing in the face of His Great Love, we are perpetually made new by it’s working in and through us. This to the glory of Love Himself manifested daily through us who bear His likeness.

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July Update – Launching the School of Discipleship and Publishing a New Book, WOW!

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Greetings from Kenya.  We are so excited to share our July update with you in a new format.  This month we have three shorter videos for you to enjoy; the first is an update on our family and the ministry, the second is a video about prayers and partners, and lastly we have an amazing testimony from one of the pastors we work with up country.  I know you will enjoy all of these videos and please let us know what you think about our new format.





GuideBook coverClick here to see a sample of the new book Clinton wrote for Kenyan pastors titled: The Guidebook to Transformational Cells – How to Equip and Release the Body of Christ Through Launching Small Discipleship Groups. disciple makers coverClick here to view a sample of the Disciple Makers workbook Clinton created. This gives a glimpse into the six month experience students will have as they experience not only how to become a Disciple but how to be a “Disciple Maker”


MooreFour PRAYER REQUESTS:

  • Pray that we would be able to raise $500 / month in ministry support and $400 / month in personal support or we may have to come back to the U.S. about 5 months early.  Please click here to watch a video to find out more.
  • Pray for Colin & Fey who started the CellKenya ministry in Kenya over 9 years ago.  Colin has had medical complications that have kept him from Kenya since October of last year.  We are praying for breakthrough and healing.

Partner PRAYER REQUESTS:

  • One of our partners recently passed away from cancer. Please join us in keeping her family in your prayers.
  • Two of our partners have recently come into hard financial times and may lose their farm. Please join us in covering them in prayer.

PARTNERING and WALKING WITH US:

If you would like to financially support our family & ministry either monthly or with a one-time gift please click here or call Cathy Pack, SIM’s Electronic Giving Coordinator at: 

1-800-521-6449 x1467

May Update: Pahtyana is in the US, what a surprise!!!

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PRAYER REQUESTS:
– Pahtyana safe travels back to Kenya on June 8th
– Family will make it without mommy for the next couple of weeks.
– Girls will adjust well to their summer routine.
– Pray for trainings, that God would continue to fan the flame of ministry.
– Pray God would continue to lead the designing and implementation of the 6 month “Disciple Makers” coarse we will prototype in August.

PRAISES:
-The video is full of incredible testimonies!
– Colin has had his medical procedure and we are waiting to hear the results so he can join us in Kenya soon.
– David’s mum has had surgery and she is recovering well.  She is still in pain, please keep her in your prayers.
– Praise God several dear partners gave financially to help us replace our engine in our car!  Thank you very much.

PARTNERING and WALKING WITH US:
– If you have a heart for this ministry and want to l
earn more about partnering and alking alongside us in ministry, please click here to learn more.
– If you would like to financially support our family & ministry either monthly or with a one-time gift please click here:


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Click Here: to see a beautiful photo album of our family & ministry.

FLOODS, FIRES and FEET – August 2014 Update

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PRAYER REQUESTS:
– Adjusting to ministry and family schedules and trying to be intentional to set good boundaries to keep our family and selves healthy.
– Adjusting team dynamics as we join our ministry team.
– Clinton injured his shoulder moving sand bags, hoping it is minor and will heal itself, but going to have a doctor look at it this week.

PRAISES:
– Elly loves her new school and Jolie is adjusting very well.
– We got a new office for the ministry and are settling into the space very well.

PARTNERING WITH US:
If you have a heart for this ministry and want to learn more
about partnering and walking alongside us in ministry, please click here to learn more about partnering with us!

CLICK HERE: To play with a fun interactive Google Map with pictures and see where we traveled and where ministry took place this month.
CLICK HERE: To see a photo album of this month’s ministry and family moments

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Slumberless Slumber Party

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IMG_0114My almost 6 year old had her first slumber party last night… (Yaay!!) At our house. (Uhh…)

I fully admit that when I agreed to host this, not even 48 hours beforehand, I did not in any way, shape or form, accurately recall what slumber parties were actually like with 5-7 year olds…until all girls (5) were assembled, squealing and jumping on the couch and my fearless husband said, “Good luck” as he very rapidly closed the door behind him and headed/sprinted upstairs never to be seen again all night. Oy.

But all in all, they had a great time! I mean how could they not? A room full of seemingly “limitless” snacks, dress up clothes galore, your best friends, nail polish, and only one adult present who you suspect could possibly be shelf shocked and therefore, not fully capable of handling the pure insanity you know you and said best friends are about to evoke. What’s not to love, right?

IMG_0113Well, if you’ve ever met me you know that no event that I am entrusted with can ever be simple. “It just can’t.” (Yes, quoting Frozen) Sooo, on the docket for this all-important first event were: Lots of snacks (even snuck in carrots & cucumbers successfully), dress-up, sing-a-long time w/ a pink mic, nail painting, story time, and special showings of: Berestain Bears- Slumber Party and Gigi, God’s Little Princess- Slumber Party. Then in the morning it was “sleeping in” until 7:30 then play time, fruit and yogurt cups, chalk drawing outside and finally a special brunch for all the girls and their mommies. Annnd now I’m dead.

IMG_0119But my little extraverted first born had the time of her life. She told me this morning, “Mommy!! This was so awesome! I didn’t sleep at all, I just lay here smiling and looking at my friends!” I just realized that sounds totally creepy, but she was SO happy to be with her favorite people under a fairy tent all night that she didn’t (supposedly) sleep a wink. Mission accomplished! 🙂

Annnd now it’s time to go out for dinner (yeeeah, not cookin’) and then bury myself in a hot bubble bath and speak to no one for the remainder of the evening.

Signing off,

Introverted Mommy of little princesses

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.

July 2014- Gearing up for Ministry!

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PRAYER REQUESTS:
– Ellyana starts school on August 14th, pray her transition will be smooth
– We officially start ministry in August, please cover us in prayer during this season
– One of our partners has been diagnosed with bladder cancer and we are asking all our partners and friends to join us in praying that the Lord has an amazing testimony and brings peace to this family in this season.

PRAISES:
– We are no longer negative in our monthly budget! Our friends at two churches and some wonderful partners have felt led from the Lord to increase their giving to make up the $600 a month shortfall. Also, some individuals were moved to give a bit extra this past month and made up all the shortfall we had since moving to Kenya. Thank you for praying and thank you for being a part of a testimony! Please join us in telling God, “Thank you!”

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CLICK HERE: To play with a fun interactive Google Map with pictures and see where we traveled and where ministry took place in July.

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CLICK HERE: To see a photo album of July 2014


Karibu Malaria

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Well, it was a very bizarre and long weekend as our family resurfaces this week. In short, Clinton had been feeling unusually sore and tired last week and late Friday night it escalated to major chills and a fever which then suddenly spiked to 103.3. Being that Clinton hasn’t had a fever since infancy I instantly was on the alert. With our SIM doctor on home assignment I wasn’t sure of who to call. But after several calls and texts to neighbors I was able to connect with a couple of our doctors. One of which happened to be staying on the compound but was headed out of the country within the next few hours. So, I gingerly helped Clinton downstairs and she took a look at him.

Fever, chills, intense pain, having gone to Western Kenyan recently = Malaria (most likely). Hearing these words filled me with dread and a level of anxiety I had yet to experience since moving here. Malaria. How can this be, we took anti-Malaria pills? What does that mean? What do we do? Where do we go? All these questions and more were racing through my mind in an instant. But as it turned out that we caught it early and it was recommended that we go to the ER in the morning.

After a few hours at the ER the only thing that was clear from the blood work was that he had a bad viral infection and we were told that Malaria doesn’t always show up right away. So, he was given medicine for that and for Malaria as a precaution and we were sent home. The rest of the weekend was a time to settle in and get comfortable as Clinton needed lots and lots of rest. On Sunday, the other symptoms that hadn’t shown up finally did and it seemed even more certain that he had it.

Now that it’s been several days and the medicines have been working well, Clinton is up and about again, his usual cheerful, ornery self. Thank you, Lord. Looking back, I am filled with gratitude at the community that we’re a part of. There were a few key individuals who stayed right there with us from the get-go and were willing to step in and take us to the ER if needed and care for our girls while we were gone. Others who called around getting us the information we needed and many people who have consistently prayed and checked in with us on his condition. I am also very grateful for the provisions that were in place that made it possible for us to see a doctor and get the medicine that was needed.

So, here we are. Another day, another adventure for the MooreFour!

 


 

 

Three Months and Counting- An Update on Kenyan Life

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Somewhere in the descending fog of cultural adaptation, language learning, 4-inch slugs, flying termites and SO much more, we’ve whizzed passed a milestone of 3 months being in country! Wait, how did that happen!? I know, I know, one day at a time, right? Well, after 3 months, we finally feel settled in our new home and are now accustomed to our daily schedule of preparation for full-time ministry. Thank you for your prayers! It’s been a relief to find stability and consistency each week in the things we’re doing.

ImageWe are continuing to adjust daily to the Kenyan way of life, which is at a more relaxed and calmer pace than the typical American one. For those of us who are goal-oriented, this has proven to be a bit of a challenge, but a welcome one. We’ve also seen why things need to be more “flexible” schedule-wise here as issues consistently come up with family affairs, transportation, police affairs, public demonstrations and so on that all greatly affect schedules. This has given us multiple opportunities over the past 3 months to love and serve those in our lives affected by these variables and provide a safe, secure and godly place for them to come to when needed. These opportunities have been especially significant to me (P) because of something the Lord began speaking to my heart over a year ago about His purpose for our family in ministry. One of the things that He impressed on me was that of a lighthouse- being a source of stability and guidance, a safe haven to those in the midst of the storm. It has been tremendously encouraging and affirming to see how already our family has been established here at such a time as this to serve that very purpose.

As far as our girls, they are adjusting quite well. Even in the times when they’ve expressed sadness at missing loved ones back in the States or not feeling comfortable here yet, they’ve felt secure enough to tell us. These times have given us rich opportunities to further develop their reliance on us and on God. We have made a point to regularly Skype with family and friends and that has also helped with the homesickness. We as their parents have been continually astounded at the way God has faithfully provided a loving and supportive community for them (and us) here- both on the compound and with the Kenyans He’s brought into our lives. Both girls are making friends quickly, (MK’s and Kenyans alike) with ease and grace. We have also been encouraged to see how they have grown in their relationship with each other and have truly become the best of friends (with of course, plenty of opportunities to forgive each other and turn the other cheek.)

We happily celebrated Little E’s 3rd birthday here on the compound this past weekend and invited our Kenyan friends to join us. It was Imagewonderful to see the fullness of the community God has given, jointly celebrating our youngest daughter! She has been beaming for days and keeps saying how much fun she had at her party. Check out our Facebook page to see the photo album.

Big E recently shadowed her new school for a day and absolutely loved it! She will begin in August but had the opportunity to get to know her teacher more and see what it will be like to be a big Kindergartener! When we picked her up, her teacher said she was sassy (in a good way) and had NO problem interacting with the other students and making friends. She is now counting down the days to when she’ll get to go to school for “real”.

ImageAs for Clinton and I, we have definitely faced one of the biggest challenges of our life establishing our family here. But we have seen day in and day out our God shine brighter before us and within us than ever before. We have felt His presence in our hearts and lives in a new and fresh way, and have a much deeper sense of what it means to follow the Shepherd into the unknown of His perfect will. I recently posted a blog about my personal experience here over the past 3 months, click here if you’d like to read it. We have gotten settled in our home church at K3C and have started attending a T-Group (Tandaza group) on Wednesday nights, which we love! The Lord is also opening doors for us to get more involved at K3C and begin serving.

Clinton and I are excited to pass this 3 month milestone! This signifies the half way point through our first (mini) season in Kenya. Our next big milestone will be the 6 month mark in August when Big E will begin Kindergarten and we will officially begin our ministry. As this time of preparation begins to wane and this big transition draws near, we are pressing in deeper to the heart of our Savior, listening closely to His voice as He continues to prepare our family for what is next on the horizon.

Upcoming Plans: We as a family are planning on heading out to Western Kenya with Colin and Fey soon for a week to shadow a CellKenya training and to do a “trial run”, as it were. We are keenly excited for this adventure and opportunity to witness firsthand the incredible ministry we are now a part of! Please keep us in your continual prayers throughout the coming weeks and stay tuned for updates!

 


 

 

Changes, Challenges and Chances: A Reflection on the First Three Months of Living in Kenya

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Tomorrow marks the 3rd month of living in Kenya for my husband, my two little girls and myself. Wow, a quarter of a year already. I must admit walking through the experience has been quite different than I had for so long envisioned, which of course, was to be expected. Very little is ever as it seems it will be. That being said though, I have been surprised to see how I in the end, reacted to all of the changes, challenges and chances presented. Even though I knew it was going to be one of the hardest things I’ve ever endeavored to do, I still envisioned myself powering through it, a pillar of strength, ability and grace for my family and those supporting us. Instead, I more often than not felt bowled over by emotions of loss, grief, deep-seeded insecurity, vulnerability, crippling self-doubt and anxiety. Not exactly a pillar. Yet feathered in between all of these varied emotions, I discovered a tenacity to my personality that I never knew existed. As I daily dug my heels into the African soil I was now standing on, with each hand holding one smaller and more vulnerable than itself, I pressed through the labyrinth of my soul and to my surprise stumbled across traces of strength, depth, love, openness, optimism, and unfettered joy. Elements that I had long forgotten existed that were appearing as seeds of hope.

As I began to take heed to these perceived seedlings in my spirit, something within me suspected that they might not in actuality be seedlings but roots instead. As the days went by and I struggled with emotion after emotion, I continued to meditate on this with the Lord and felt Him ushering me to a revelation: The winds of change will always shake the leaves from the trees, but what remains unshaken are the roots of the tree that those leaves perpetually grow out of. If the tree focused only on the leaves being blown from its branches, would that serve anyone? No. Rather it remains steady in itself and allows the storms to come and go. Likewise, if you focus more on what holds you steady and strong within rather than what shakes the surface, you will remain standing tall.    

This might be an elemental lesson for many but when you’re the tree at the center of the storm, sometimes you have to re-learn these lessons from a different vantage point for them to really sink in. Remembering who you are at the center and Who is at that center means the difference between surviving and thriving in times of change; is the north star that enables us to navigate successfully the challenges surrounding us; and is the vision needed to not only identify but make the most of the chances presented to us in the midst of the storm.

In closing, I feel the page to a new chapter being turned in my life and as I take this initial lesson to heart, I will begin reflecting on the ones to come…