Thoughts from Erica

Hey everyone, I am so excited to be back in Kenya! I feel like I left my heart here on my first trip five years ago, and its great to be back to my home away from home. With each new place we go and each new community we visit, God continues to fill my heart with joy and love for his people, both in Kenya and back in the United States. The gentle spirit and humble strength of the Kenyan people has been a blessing and encouragement to me ever since we landed in the Nairobi airport. Every time I step off the bus and see the beautiful and innocent faces of a sea of children or gaze out over the vast Kenyan landscape, I am overwhelmed by the beauty and wonder of God’s creation. With every person I meet, I am consumed by God’s love, and through it all I am constantly reminded of God’s everlasting faithfulness. Though they may be long and physically and emotionally exhausting, each new day exposes another wonderful aspect of our heavenly Father. I have been shown His strength, His mercy, His gentleness, His perseverance, and at times even His sense of humor. One of the greatest blessings to me has been to see God raise up a generation of Kenyan leaders dedicated to the spiritual development of their local children. We have had the amazing opportunity to work alongside the 252 team of Ngaamba, who selflessly give of their time to go into schools and educate the children about their Savior using the Rejoice project. Through these extraordinary individuals I have learned what it means to be passionately and wholly devoted to our heavenly Father. I have also learned about the unity of the body of Christ that transcends nationality, age, location. Being able to work alongside our Kenyan partners and ultimately seeing them taking over responsibility for the work God is doing within their community has been a beautiful gift to me. On a more personal note, Christ is revealing himself to me as Healer, Protector, and loving Father. Through the encouragement of my leaders, peers, and Christ himself, I am learning increasingly more about myself and my identity in Him. I have been forced to rely on Him for my strength and security and because of that have been taught greater trust and reliance as well as his unending and perfect LOVE:

“Love what is sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good. Be devoted to one another in brotherly love. Honor one another above yourselves. Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord. Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.” -- Romans 12: 9-12