After a great week in our 2nd community, Journey is spending some well deserved R&R at the Invest House. Rejoice training in the second community was a massive success and we are excited to see all that God is going to do with the children of the schools we were able to teach in. Take a look a some of what we were allowed to be a part of this past week! CLICK TO WATCH VIDEO
In addition to this, take a look at some more thoughts from our interns. Enjoy!
WILL RUDISILL | Going to Africa is like getting a priceless gift wrapped in a $5 box. You can play with the box all day but real joy only comes when you start to enjoy the gift. In East Africa, relationships are the priceless gifts. We can enjoy the animals, landscape, food, and culture, but if we stop there, we are wasting our time with the box. We are here to make relationships. If we allow those other things to occupy all of our time, we missed the point. It says in Ephesians 1:9-10 “making know to us the mystery of his will, according to His purpose, which He set forth in Christ as a plan for the fullness of time, to unite all things in Him, things in Heaven and things on earth.” God wants to unite all people in Himself. He has done this in our midst. He is drawing us together as one Body of Christ. It has been amazing to develop relationships with our African brothers and sisters for the purpose of discipleship. Even though we are from very different walks of life, I have learned that we serve the same sovereign God who loves us “so so” much. I look forwards as this ripple of God’s Love continues to grow into a tsunami. That tsunami hits America on July 29.
ZACH GENRE | Since being back in Kenya, I feel oddly comfortable. The crazy traffic, beautiful weather, and really cool accents make me feel at home. I am so excited to be here and to be making myself available for God to work through me. Going to sleep on Sunday night (June 3rd), I was feeling restless. I prayed to God and asked Him to speak through me and give me opportunities to show the kids at the schools His love. The next day we went to a school named Ndalani and taught the children about wisdom. While we were teaching the pre-schoolers (3yo-5yo) I could tell that the little girl next to me wasn’t understanding what we were saying. So, I knelt down next to her and told her to repeat, “God loves me!” After saying it over and over with her she looked at me with the biggest smile and said, “God loves me!” We serve an incredible God! He works in the smallest ways in the Africans’ lives as well as our lives.
MORGAN DIXON | My time here has been absolutely beautiful so far. One of my favorite sayings that I picked up on our first day of training was “we’re not going to Africa to save them, Africa is going to save us” and that has been nothing but absolute truth thus far in my journey. One of my favorite moments was on one of the first nights in the second community. It is one of the most beautiful places I have ever been. Living on the coast, its not every day that I am surrounded by mountains and that is exactly what that community is. It’s green everywhere with rolling hills covered by beautiful, lush pines and the occasional cow or sheep just casually grazing in a pasture. It is so natural and I love everything about this place. Back to the first night, as I was walking back to the tent after an amazing night of worship I looked up for the first time and saw the star lit sky. The stars were so bright and big and there were so many of them. It is literally one of the most beautiful sights I have ever seen. I laid down on a bench made of three pieces of tree bark and just gazed at the surroundings that the Lord had so graciously placed me in. The stars were so beautiful, the only way that I can explain it is that there were so many and they were so close that you could actually see them twinkle. In that moment God spoke to me and just showed me how intentional he is. He made that exact moment especially for me and he used this scenery to speak to me and just completely lavish His love on me. The rest of the week completely supported the concept that God is so intentional. He had our team in specific situations that the only thing that could come out of them was His glory. He taught me so much in the second community, all the while throwing his love out on me in such tangible way. This journey has been such a great experience so far and I can’t wait to see the way that God is going to use the rest of our time here in East Africa.