Isaiah 43: 1-4
1. But now, this is what the Lord says—
he who created you, Jacob,
he who formed you, Israel:
“Do not fear, for I have redeemed you;
I have summoned you by name; you are mine.
2 When you pass through the waters,
I will be with you;
and when you pass through the rivers,
they will not sweep over you.
When you walk through the fire,
you will not be burned;
the flames will not set you ablaze.
3 For I am the Lord your God,
the Holy One of Israel, your Savior;
I give Egypt for your ransom,
Cush[a] and Seba in your stead.
4 Since you are precious and honored in my sight,
and because I love you,
I will give people in exchange for you,
nations in exchange for your life.
Do you ever sit back in wonder and look back at where you’ve come from and who you are today?
It feels like I’ve been in Kenya for years, but it is only been 3 years.
I remember the first days in Kenya, wondering if I’ll make it. And to think now its home!
I remember the timid girl I was, but the way that God is changing that.
Oh, the days, I didn’t like ugali, but these days I even cook it for myself, because I miss it. 🙂
I remember the days that I didn’t know what I wanted to go to school for, but now I am finishing my first year in a Kenyan University.
I remember the first days that I met my dear Kenyan brothers and sisters, they were strangers, but now they are a part of me.
I look up at the stars and I know this is all is only by His grace.
God has been speaking to me from Isaiah 43. This is a passage that God is speaking to His people the Israelites. In verse 1 – 4, He tells them that they should not fear, because He has chosen them, redeemed them, even called them by their name, calling them His.
Oh, these are such endearing words between a father and His children. Yes, they were spoken to the Israelites, but I also believe that God is speaking to us. Especially these days, as we hear these terrible things happening not only in Paris, but all over the world.
We live in a broken world, and it all started in the Garden of Eden when Adam & Eve ate the forbidden fruit. Sin then entered this world.
In the past months, we have been visiting our children and some of these words remind me of where our children come from.
One boy is sick at home and almost ready to give up on life. He has grandparents that don’t give him adequate care. He thinks he’s not loved. And when you look into his eyes, you see a boy that is broken, but yet seeing where he has come from, I believe God will intervene.
Another girl finished form 4(Grade 12) this year. Her family is broken, with an absent mother and father, who don’t want to be involved in her and her siblings lives. But she is determined, and is fighting and she has the potential to do well in life. She loves God. And I truly believe that God will take her far and do amazing things through her.
Another girl, young and vulnerable to a life doomed to poverty and survival. The first day we met her, we were her miracle. They had no food in the house and they had not eaten. We were given soda, and we shared with the young girl. She gulped it down, from which she took another 2 glasses. It was after that that she started talking and interacting with us. She sat on my lap, drawing numbers and letters.
We gave her a school uniform and food.
In those small young eyes, I saw a young lady, that will change her family.
These are just a few of the stories from our last visits to see our children.
At the orphanage, we are thanking God for His faithfulness. He has truly blessed us and we continue to trust Him for provision. They have closed school, so they are at home. The school year here starts in January.
It is so encouraging to hear them healing. Some of them have been talking about their parents when they were alive, one saying their mother was kind, another saying that his father was hardworking. One will never forget their parents, even when they have not met them, but its a matter of accepting it happened. This is a sign of healing.
Recently, the children were blessed with clothes and shoes, and wardrobes in the children’s rooms. The children are truly blessed.
We serve one child at a time, believing that God is working in their lives, so that His good plan for them will come into accomplishment. God is their Father, and He loves them more than we do.
“Do not move on ancient landmarks,
or enter into the field of the fatherless,
for their Redeemer is strong;
He will plead their case against you.”
Called by Our Names
“You are Mine.” ~ vs 1
no longer rejected but
“I Love You.” ~ Vs 4
To see these children loved by their Father is my joy and because God has called me to this work it also is my joy to be His vessel.
Life has been busy, juggling between work in the office, being a sister at the orphanage, and a student, but God is teaching me to balance, and He is giving me a grace that even I don’t understand. God is so faithful. I am in my third semester in my first year, and yes, I’ve had many challenges being the minority, but yet God is on my side. Through this experience, God is opening my mind to understanding children, and the things they do. For example, some mothers get upset when their young child gets dirty from playing, but yet this is actually how they learn about themselves and their world. Ok, of course, you can’t just leave them to do whatever they want, but you should allow them to do some of these things. Give them opportunities to build their knowledge, which happens through discovery and exploration.
Thanksgiving and Prayer Requests
- God’s grace that He is been giving me
- Safety that God has granted my team and myself
- Thank God for the children’s lives that are being changed
- Thank God for being with our children as they did their National exams(exams that one does when one reaches Grade 8 and 12)
- Solar Project – we are trusting for solar at Journey of Hope, which will help our children as to study effectively and accomplish other daily duties
2. Safe Christmas holiday – our Journey of Hope children will be going to see their guardians for a few weeks over the Christmas holidays, and its a busy time of the year.
3. Continual pouring out of God’s Grace – sometimes my life seems crazy busy with everything.
Church, let us stand up and defend the fatherless. The Israelites were not only called and chosen for their own benefits, but they were called to heal and deliver others. And like them we are called to be fishermen, leading men and women to the Saviour. We are in the last days, let us come back to our First Love. Let us be the voice to the Fatherless, because if we don’t, who will?
Sponsor a child today and you will change a life today.
Thank you so much for ALL my sponsors who have faithfully committed yourselves, through prayer and finances. God is using you and your families to change a generation. Thank you and May God bless You and expand you.