Upside Down Worlds – Part 7: Faith

FAITH Faith. I was severely lacking in it. We have been through such a roller coaster this past year with David losing his job, various sicknesses, and a wreck that totaled David’s car to top it off, that I was truly wondering HOW we were going to make it financially. I needed to go to Kenya so that I could … Read More

Upside Down Worlds – Part 6: Discipleship

DISCIPLESHIP I was very impressed with the men I met at the first church building site in Chavakali. They were dressed their best in suits and had come to check out the new construction. They were both key leaders in the regional Baptist convention. I got into a conversation with them about how people from home could help the most. … Read More

Upside Down Worlds – Part 5: Family

FAMILY I have always believed that God is colorblind. I had never seen it more beautifully displayed than in the welcome hearts of the Kenyan pastors with whom we worked. Never will I forget the message of thanks Pastor Washington shared in the first church building that was completed on our trip. He said that he wanted no confusion to … Read More

Upside Down Worlds – Part 4: Listening to the Locals

LISTENING TO THE LOCALS While staying with the Muttais in Kitale, we had an awesome cross-cultural experience. It wasn’t an earth shattering experience like participating in some tribal ritual or something. It was just a conversation on the graduate bench at Legacy Service Station with a local man named Joe. We sat there for a few minutes sipping on our … Read More

Upside Down Worlds – Part 3: The Importance of Education

It’s a shame that I graduated from college nearly five years ago, yet I took the fact that it was a right for me to be educated for granted. I think a lot of western students do the same. I had heard the statistics before that if you were in college, you were part of the 1% or 2% of … Read More

Through the Rain Speckled Windshield

I’ve seen a lot of interesting things in the parking lot of our local movie theater…teenie boppers lined up for the Jonas Brothers Movie, the Oscar Meyer Weiner mobile, multitudes of refillable popcorn buckets…But tonight, I saw the God’s promise. I was in the middle of pouring out my heart to my husband about how 10 years ago at a youth retreat, we had … Read More

The Unbuckled Shoe

Today is my husband’s and my 2nd wedding anniversary. So far, it has been the best one yet. We have had a the most wonderful day together. God gave us an extra special gift wrapped in the bodies of an 80+ year old couple. We decided to go on a lunch date together to make the day extra special and give … Read More

True Heroism

Let me start off with a summary quote of John Milton’s view of heroism…”True heroism is patience and humility in the face of suffering…” “…we traveled again to Rwanda, where we stopped at a school for teenagers. Some were orphans who had lost a parent to AIDS or to genocide. As we left the school, we saw a group of … Read More

Amazing Love and Grace

I have never realized how romantic this story is. Abraham makes his servant covenant with him to go find a wife for his son from his own people so as to ensure that she is a righteous woman. Afterall, Isaac was to be the heir of Abraham’s inheritance and be one of the founding fathers of God’s people. If a … Read More

Canaan Land

There is so much to learn from the New Testament. Yet, I find myself so accustomed to reading it that I just skim right through it because I already “know” what I’m reading. So, just around this past Christmas I decided to start in Genesis again to see if it would capture my attention a little more. I have gleaned … Read More