At Invest, we believe and challenge our students to act on the visions God gives to them and to lead by His leading. We watch each year with anticipation as we send our Journey team back to their schools, homes, and jobs and we pray for clarity and boldness as they seek direction from God. We have a staff of 3 and a board member who are all former Journey students who feel called to invest back in to their generation. Their leadership and wisdom far outpaces their ages and life experience... because they are allowing God to lead through them! Edward is a great example of that and we're happy to share his heart for the leadership of Kimbilio with you today.
I am blessed and humbled to have the opportunity to lead the Kimbilio Project. It is unbelievable to look back and reflect on the past year from when I started doing research for this project. God has moved this in huge ways and I am overwhelmed by His faithfulness!
As you have read, the word Kimbilio is Swahili for refuge. This word comes from the song David sings to the Lord after the Lord delivers David from his enemies. 2 Samuel 22:2-3 says, “The Lord is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer, my God, my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold, and my refuge, my savior; you save me from violence.” About a month ago I read David’s entire song to the Lord during my quiet time and broke down into tears. I began to see the faces of Kenyan children, feel their pain, and their need. I knew that God was going to use me to create a refuge for these children. Verse 20 says, “he brought me out into a broad place; he rescued me, because he delighted in me.” Not only is this true for me, it is true for you, and all of the orphans all over this world. I was filled with joy and happiness for the way God delights in those children and that He is going to use us to rescue them and provide a refuge. This absolutely fired me up inside and I could not wait to see what God was going to do with this vision.
God has used this project to take my prayer life to a new level. Through my time in prayer with him, He led me to the name for this orphanage. I seek His creativity and He provides abundantly. He has allowed me to develop a lot of vision, mission, dreams, procedures, systems, and more.
I have been able to spend some time in different orphanages in Kenya and Haiti. I have done a lot of research on various orphanages around the world. My biggest passion with being a part of these orphanages is proper care. I want to be able to care for these children as Jesus would care for them, providing a safe place, environments that foster love and comfort, and Godly examples in visitors and staff. Seeing these things makes me look at what is holistic also. We will be able to help these children develop spiritually, physically, cognitively, socially, and emotionally.
When I look at this project I am often overwhelmed at the amount of things to do, but I remember two things: obedience and relationship. There may be a lot of things to get done, but it is all about what obedience is for each day. This keeps me from getting overwhelmed with the entire project and know that I must ask God everyday, asking, “What is obedience for today?” The other aspect of the amount of things to do is the relationships. These are more important than any task. I always ask myself, “Am I so immersed in a task right now that I am forgetting the people around me, working with me, wanting to be involved, etc.?” I plan to ask myself this question at all times because the relationship with these people and the kids we will be caring for soon is much more important than my to-do list.
The best part about all of this is that I do not have to have it all figured out because I worship a sovereign, almighty, powerful, and faithful God and He is the one with it all figured out. I am able to lead only because I am following Him. I appreciate your prayers for this project and also encourage you to pray about how you might can be involved with the Kimbilio project. I’d be happy to answer any questions you may have. (Edward@choosetoinvest.org)