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Day Two in Kenya

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Today our IMPACT Kenya team got the opportunity to see God in many different ways. First of all, He revealed Himself to us through answered prayer in healing Janel’s cold symptoms! Praise God for taking away sore throats and stuffy noses!

Next, we got to see God work in using a variety of our giftings. Adrienne, Vanessa, and Stefan spent the morning working alongside the medical team in the clinic at Missions of Hope’s Pangani center. They began forming relationships with the workers and patients and got to use their medical skills. While they were working to provide medicines and preventative services, Sara, Emily, and Janel traveled to Babadogo, a community within the Mathare slums. They visited four families with children with cerebral palsy. People with disabilities are looked down upon in Kenyan culture and are given little to no value. Social workers within MOHI are working to provide support to these families and help them to see that God has a plan for these children. MOHI’s school in Babadogo has the first special education room for students with severe disabilities. This classroom has been in existence for less than a year and is still a work in progress; however, God is beginning some great work in providing support for children with special needs and their mothers.

In the afternoon, we had our first chance to see the Grogon community in the Mathare slums in which E91 partners. We got to see some of the classes, meet some of the teachers, and spent a lot of time talking with Betty, the head teacher, and Kiyoko, the building manager. This dialog began opening our eyes to the amazing work that is happening in this community. This school has been in existence for a mere four years but already has 365 students and 16 teachers! They are working so hard to help empower these students to have a good education, learn about Jesus, and have a vision for a future of success outside of their current states of extreme poverty.

Our team spent a lot of time reflecting on what has been challenging for us as well as what kind of conversations we are having with God, where He is calling us to, where He is nudging us, what He is asking of us? We are only two days into our time spent in Kenya, and God is already at work in this country and with-in the hearts of our team. Please pray for this to continue, that God would reveal himself to us and that we would have the ears to listen and the courage to respond.

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Day One in Kenya

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He must become greater; I must become less.

Tonight as we sat in our evening debrief the team talked about this verse in John 3:30. What does that mean? He must become greater; I must become less.

I found myself thinking about what it could have felt like to be John at that moment. Up until this time, he was the one who was baptizing people and leading this ministry. And now Jesus is on the other side of the river baptizing people. John’s response to his disciples is humbling…”A person can receive only what is given them from heaven. You yourselves can testify that I said, I am not the Messiah but am sent ahead of him.’ The bride belongs to the bridegroom. The friend who attends the bridegroom waits and listens for him, and is full of joy when he hears the bridegroom's voice. That joy is mine, and it's now complete. He must become greater; I must become less.”

The thought strikes me, how easy is it for serving to become more about me. What I am doing versus how I am stepping into what God plan is and what brings Him glory.

We shared as a team tonight about how this plays out as we are here serving in Grogan. How can we become less and Christ become more? As I sat in the thought, It reminds me of the freedom that comes when this becomes the goal. By letting go of my expectations, my goals, my plan and the need for my affirmation. I can live free in knowing this isn’t about me; it’s about Him and His glory.

After our first day spent in orientation on the Ministry of Missions of Hope International, the team is excited to step out tomorrow and begin serving. We are praying that God becomes greater than our team over the next ten days. We are laying down our desires at His feet and embracing His purpose for our team.

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