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Three Months and Counting- An Update on Kenyan Life

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!

 


 

 

Answering the Question

Asking Questions

Have you been wanting to be more of a part of what God is doing around the world in the coming year? Have you been asking Him to show you where to begin?

Do you want to have a direct hand in empowering people’s relationships with God, equipping them to become all He’s designed them to become and training them to do the same for those around them?

Do you want to see communities around the world tangibly impacted with the love of Christ through these individuals? 

If you’ve answered ‘yes’ to any of these questions, then you are reading this for a reason.

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SIM Start Journal

Day 1
Ellyana- my god answers
The Lord did a great thing for me tonight. He used a crying baby, more specifically my crying daughter to bring me right back into his presence and realign me to his will.

Standing in our quiet dark room for the first night of SIM Start swinging my daughter endlessly in her car carrier so she will stop crying for our neighbors and the Lord meets me. In my frustration I begin to talk to the Lord. As I start talking I realize that my frustration and tension which is coming out is actually fear. Fear that I might say the wrong thing in an interview, fear that someone might say we can’t become missionaries, fear that someone will say it is going to take two years before anything happens. This is what I am really afraid of, I’m not really annoyed that my baby girl is crying, ok maybe just a bit because she is really heavy.

I Continue to swing her as the Lord reminds me I am focused on the wrong things. There is no man and no worldly wisdom that will tell me if and when my family is called to go, that only comes from God. My fear begins to drop off my shoulders. I realize my only mission while I am out here in North Carolina is to listen, love and obey. My job isn’t to impress anyone, its to find out what the lord is saying and to respond with and in love. This is my desire for how we will live as missionaries, as those who are sent, to listen, love and obey, for the Lords glory that others would fall in love with the Lord and his loving goodness.

But then it hits me, why only this weekend, why wait for the mission field. Why am I not living this way now. Isn’t this a call for my life, not for the future. I have told the Lord I will go anywhere, do anything any time for his glory but doesn’t that start now. What difference does it make how long we wait to get on a plane, we are in the mission field now and my job isn’t any different. Listen, love and obey. Does it really matter if I am walking through the streets of a slum or through the front doors of Flatirons Habitat, the mission is the same.

Listen, love obey.

Thank you for this gentle, not so gentle reminder of your love and your call on my life Lord. My life is yours do with it as you will, I pray the might and power of your holy spirit would enable me to live, not just talk about or dream about, but to live a life of LISTENING, LOVING AND OBEYING.

The Other Side of Worship

At the beginning of the summer we were driving back from a Friday night Fusion meeting, where we had been introduced to Jesus Culture. We had watched (online) as this group of believers from Redding California led worship the way Clinton & I have longed to collectively worship for years. A big gathering with lights & roaming cameras, yet completely void of the pretense & hype of the modern day mega church worship “show”. The worship leader, Kim Walker-Smith, never made eye contact with the audience when she sang, only when she spoke directly to them, as if to say, “I’m here freely worshiping my God. You’re welcome to worship Him too or not. That’s up to you.” Pure authenticity. As we listened to the words of each song, I felt the whisperings of my heart echo through the lyrics. These believers had nailed it. It was quite the experience.

So naturally, as soon as we left, we bought the CD. Driving home, we listened to the words again, each lost in our own musings. My mind wandered to thoughts of God as we praise Him and I wondered what it looks like on the other side of worship. What does He do when we lift Him up? Does He sit on His giant throne, looking regal and omnipotent? Does He smile with pleasure at us doing what we were created to do? Is He stone-faced? How does He respond? This is what I asked Him as we drove and listened, our hearts over pouring with worship and awe. I waited, leaving my heart open and quiet.

Then the first flash came. Then another. And another. One right after the next. Then one on top of the next. The sky began to explode with frayed whips of sheer electricity! No longer a typical thunder storm but an actual lightning storm in all it’s frightening and unfettered glory! My heart remained quiet as I probed the Lord again watching this. Then it came to me. This was His answer. This is His response to our worship. He is not stone-faced, He is not glued to His chair. He is ever moving, displaying in full force, His glory, His ability. Worship is not one sided as I had always believed. Worship is an exchange, between the creation and the Creator. As we move before Him, He moves before us.

“Show Me Your Glory”
Jesus Culture

I see the cloud, I step in
I want to see Your glory as Moses did
Flashes of light and rolls of thunder

But I’m not afraid
I’m not afraid

Show me Your glory, show me Your glory, my God
Show me Your glory, show me Your glory

I’m marked by Your beauty, lost in Your eyes
I long to walk in Your presence like Jesus did
Your glory surrounds and I am overwhelmed

But I’m not afraid
I’m not afraid

Show me Your glory, show me Your glory, my God
Show me Your glory, show me Your glory

I long to look on the face of the One that I love
Long to stay in Your presence, it’s where I belong

Oh how we love You, Oh how we love You
Oh how we love You Jesus

Fusion Strikes Again

This morning while attending Fusion in Greeley I (Clinton) received my first word of knowledge for healing. As Pastor Doug was speaking healing over the room and calling out words of healing for different afflictions he asked if we had received anything. I didn’t even know we we’re supposed to be listening for anything, so I started tuning in. Just asking the Lord if he wanted to share anything with me. Instantly I felt him describe a heaviness of the chest.

I didn’t have a chance to relay this to Doug and it wasn’t until the service had ended and some were cleaning up that I told Doug I thought I received my first word of knowledge for healing. As soon as I told him what I thought I heard, he turned to the room of people cleaning up their things, breaking down the stage and walking out the door and yelled, does anyone feel a heaviness in the chest, Clinton has a word for you and wants to pray for you.

There was a young lady, already walking towards us, who instantly responded, “It’s me, I do.” We had the the wonderful honor of praying healing and the love of the Lord into this wonderful person. Just another adventure in a day of the Lord.

Just Another Day for God, Life Changing for Us

So, my mother-in-law came over tonight and through conversation about the day we ended up praying for for pain and swelling in her legs and shoulder. The pain went from a ten to a three in a matter of a few minutes. God loves her so much and it was beautiful to be apart of him pouring that love into her in the form of healing. We pray the healing continues.