Kimbilio - A "Refuge" for Children

If you missed yesterday's announcement... Invest is in the process of starting Kimbilio - a refuge for orphaned children in Kenya. We wanted to share a little about our vision for what we feel God is leading us to do through Kimbilio.

We were introduced to the 1828 Noah Webster dictionary by our Director of Discipleship Curriculum, Kristine Wendt a few years ago and it has become a great resource to us and our Journey teams as we seek God's truth for our lives. Webster wrote that version by praying for wisdom and guidance for truthfully defining words of the english language and including the spiritual aspects to our words. Here is what we found for the definition of "refuge"

That which shelters or protects from danger, distress or calamity; a strong hold which protects by its strength, or a sanctuary which secures safety by its sacredness; any place inaccessible to an enemy.
The Lord also will be a refuge for the oppressed. Ps. 9.

This definition has served as our basis for how we will approach every aspect of Kimbilio. Our desire will never be to strive to be the refuge because we believe that God is our only one true refuge. We do desire for His presence, safety, strength, and sacredness to be tangible to anyone who visits or calls Kimbilio their home. It's old fashioned language but when the Lord's Prayer says, "Thy Kingdom come, Thy will be done, on earth as it is in Heaven..."  we are already praying that way for Kimbilio. We pray that His Kingdom will be felt and experienced throughout as we care for and raise up children who are missing their earthly parents but consumed by their Heavenly Father's love for them. He is our refuge and He is our strength and He desires to dwell in a sacred place and He will make those places inaccessible to the enemy.

For far too long the enemy has had his way with the vulnerable children of Kenya. The enemy feeds many of them lies, denies many of them of love, deprives many of them of basic needs, and holds many of them captive of the customs of the world and continuing the damaging cycles that leads to more vulnerable children. We are asked by God to fight against injustice (Jeremiah 22:3), to stand up for the oppressed (Isaiah 1:7), and to care for the orphans and widows (James 1:27) as a tangible example of His pure and undiscriminating love.

We invite you to join us in prayer for and over this entire process. We trust and believe that God will continue to work in miraculous ways and we can't wait to continue to unpack Kimbilio to you all this month!

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