Doing Something in the Present for the Future

Martin drove us through cavernous ditches, dusty roads with no cars for miles, crowded unpaved streets where all the drivers had the game of playing chicken down to a terrifying art, and the widest African plane you’ve ever dreamed of, peppered with elephants, giraffes, zebras, and antelope. Shotgun was the coveted seat when in the van with Martin because when … Read More

Wear This First

A few years ago, we were in the hot sun of Africa.  I feel like I talk about this a lot, mostly because I do.  But that trip changed my life.  Seriously.  It ruined it for the best.  There’s no logical reason we should have been on that trip, either.  We were broke as a joke.  We had about $300 … Read More

Operation Baby Rescue

I want to introduce you to a little girl that I met three years ago this month in Kenya.  She was about six years old. Honestly, I don’t even know her name. I do know a little bit of her story, though. When we arrived at the Lunga village (which translates as “upside down village”), I got out my tiny … Read More

Adding Gifts of Hope to Your Christmas Shopping List

If you haven’t been to Africa and are physically able to go, you should.  It will change your life for better and worse.  Meeting souls housed in bodies marked by suffering who have so few resources but give more than any proportion you ever have will make you feel worse about yourself than you ever have in your entire life. … Read More

The Way of Freedom

It doesn’t seem to have been too publicized in the States this week, but the news that has captured this household’s attention the most as of late is from Kenya.  Their Presidential election was this week. We’ve been praying months on end with our Kenyan friends for peace and that God would fill the office with someone who will lead … Read More

Upside Down Worlds- Part 2: Sacrifice & Gratitude

SACRIFICE AND GRATITUDE Sacrifice and Gratitude are coupled in the lives of so many Kenyans. I’ve never encountered such gratitude as I have with the people of this land. No matter how small or great the gift was they expressed such thankfulness. As far as sacrifice goes, do you realize how humbling it is to come to a land where … Read More

Upside Down Worlds – Part 9: Conclusion

CONCLUSION I recently was talking with one of the pastors of our church. We were discussing the desperate needs of many people in Africa. He reminded me that while you can’t change the world, you can change a village. What truth. We have the opportunity to change our world through the power of Christ one village at a time. When … Read More

Upside Down Worlds – Part 8: Worship

WORSHIP I have always been moved by the lyrics of The Newsboys’ song, “He Reigns.” It’s been an honor to travel to some of the global spots they refer to in this song. Check out the anthem that they sing… It’s the song of the redeemed Rising from the African plain It’s the song of the forgiven Drowning out the … Read More

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