Billy Out of all of my great experiences in Kenya I have not had a time where I haveconnected more with a person and God than when I met James at Havilla. James is thenephew of the founder of Havilla. As soon as we met we instantly clicked, the Holy Spiritwas all over our conversation. We share a lot of the same passions and desires. We got toshare with each other our hearts for the gospel of Jesus Christ and our burning desire forthe world to know it. Getting to listen to his experiences going to other countries in Africasharing the gospel with Muslims, atheist and all kinds of people was such anencouragement to me. It gave me a refreshed passion and more of a drive to reach the lostwith the gospel. It is awesome to think about how God perfectly ordained that day and thatconversation I would have with James. This was definitely an experience that I willremember forever and that has greatly impacted my life.
Anna I have so many incredible experiences in Kenya, but some of my most challengingand encouraging moments have come from the days spent at a children’s home in Nairobi.Working with these toddlers, it is clear that living in such an overwhelming, understaffedenvironment is taking a toll on the various areas of development. The women who workwith the children each day do such a wonderful job, but it is difficult for each child to getthe individual attention necessary with so many children and so few workers. One morningin particular, I became very overwhelmed and frustrated with the conditions of thechildren, especially after becoming so attached to the children and feeling like there is littleI can do to help their situation. That afternoon, when we went back, one of the little boysasked me to read him the story about Joshua and Abigail that I had read him the day before.The story, The Crippled Lamb, is about an orphaned lamb named Joshua who has a crippledleg. He constantly feels left out because he is not like the other lambs, and he meets a cownamed Abigail who continuously reminds him that God created him and has a specialpurpose and plan for him. At the end of the story, Joshua realizes why he was born the wayhe was and sees how God uses him in such a special way. I am so thankful that God teachesus in such a variety of ways. He used this experience of reading a children’s book to a sweetlittle boy as a reminder that He is so sovereign and that there is a bigger picture that I donot always have to understand. I know that He deeply loves, pursues, and has strategicallydesigned the circumstances for each of us and for each of the children at the orphanage.
Brittany So far, God has used my time in Kenya to teach me a lot about how lovely His peopletruly are and how much He loves each and every one of them. We have been in and out ofschools in several communities, but God reached me through a little girl named Margaretfrom Kawa Maitha School in Karima. At this particular school I was teaching grade fourabout God’s love using the Parable of the Lost Sheep in Luke 15. That day we also did an artproject where the children got to use their unique handprints to create a heart. As I wascleaning off their hands, I came across Margaret and told her how special she was becauseGod created her. She looked at me and immediately denied it and grabbed my handsaying, “no mzungu beautiful” (mzungu means white person). This broke my heart and atthat point I got to share with her how God created all of His children beautiful, which meantthat she was just as beautiful and lovable as any “mzungu”. This moment sticks out in mymind because God, in His sovereignty, knew that I had been struggling with my ownidentity in Christ that very morning. He used this moment to speak to my heart and toMargaret’s about His unchanging love. -Romans 8: 38-39 “For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, northings present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else inall creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.”