Kenya Reflection…

A refreshed and revitalized mind is able to sort out what is important in life and what is not. A trip to Karai, Kenya can do this. It is an opportunity to unplug, if you are willing, from the world as we know it. On my return trip to Kenya I promised myself to do exactly this, to unplug, to only focus on what God wanted of me, to not allow the outside world to crowd my mind and heart. The people of who make up the Safe Home are in the business to change the lives of the children and community, but one who visits cannot help but be changed. It is up to us, however, how long we allow that change to impact our lives back home.

The rooster crows and the donkey brays early every morning reminding you of where you are. “I´m in Kenya.” A walk over to spend a little time with the children before they are off to school, you would find they have all been up for quite some time, cleaning, praying, and prepping for school. The children begin singing, worshiping God, signaling it is time to eat. With their piece of bread and cup of chai tea in hand they stand to have their breakfast. Don´t be surprised to be handed the same provisions to share in their breakfast. It is a short walk to school where with a hug, we send them off for a full day of school starting at 7am. They skip off, excited to be at school. These same children will work in the shamba or shuck peas singing to our same God, ending their day with devotions and prayer.

If you are still, you can see and feel God at work all around and in you. Through Dorcas and Margaret when they greet you every time you walk through their door, you feel you are finally home. From Elihjah´s wise words to Ben and Milka´s warm smiles and kind words, you feel as if you have arrived in a place where God is painting the very scene before you and working in and through His people. One can only hope to be as humble in appreciating what God is doing in our own lives. It is evident they all wait on God´s timing and His will. I bring home with me the same sense of wanting His will be done in my life, not my own.

It was on the last day that God seemed to speak the loudest to me through Elihjah´s vision he shared for the Safe House to the verses I came across during church. In Habakkuk 1:5, The Lord´s Answer after hearing Habakkuk´s complaint: “Look at all the nations and watch- and be utterly amazed. For I am going to do something in your days that you would not believe, even if you were told.” One can struggle not knowing why God has brought you to this place and what you could possibly do to serve His people. Do you need to travel all the way to Kenya to serve and be changed? I left with this verse to share with others at home: Ephesians 4:1-2, “As a prisoner for the Lord, then, I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received. Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love.” I feel I know more clearly what God is calling me to do, but what is he calling you to do and what will you do about it?

Kenya Matters has created an opportunity for all of us to help those in need, those whose hope is in God for their next drink of clean water, food in their hand, and a safe home in Kenya.

Are you willing to be still, be patient, be humble, listen, and serve who is most important in life?

Teresa McDougall

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