“To which end we also pray always for you, that our God may count you worthy of your calling, and fulfill every desire of goodness and every work of faith, with power; that the name of our Lord Jesus may be glorified in you, and ye in him, according to the grace of our God and the Lord Jesus Christ.”
2 Thessalonians 1: 11-12
By the grace of God, I want to complete the work that He has called me to and I pray that He will also give you the needed grace to accomplish His work in your life. I’ve said numerous times that Kenya has been an experience of fulfillment, joy and peace mixed along with hard lessons and moments and I can say it again.
In 2013, I came fresh out of high school as a city girl. I didn’t enjoy getting my hands dirty, I hated snakes and other similar creatures(I still don’t enjoy, but I can at least deal with them). And much more I was a girl who had much to learn about God and his call for me.
God saw it fit to take me out of my comfort zone to a strange country.
Memories from my first months
1)Snakes and Scorpions
Where I would have no choice but to live on a compound with snakes and scorpions. The verse in Luke 10:19 has taken a whole new meaning.
“Behold, I have given you authority to tread on serpents and scorpions and over all the power of the enemy and NOTHING shall hurt you.”
One day, I was reaching out to pick my Bible from my bed, and to my surprise I see something.
I saw a scorpion.
To my shock, it was dead, but much the same I was afraid.
Another day, I found a lizard egg on my bed. Yes, you read correctly, a lizard egg!
These are only a few of the physical challenges I’ve needed to face, but God has been opening my eyes to whole new realm.
2)We do not fight against flesh and blood
“For our wrestling is not against flesh and blood, but against the principalities, against the powers, against the world-rulers of this darkness, against the spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.”
We do not fight against flesh and blood, but we are fighting against a dark and evil kingdom. We are in a spiritual battle against the devil, who has come to steal, kill and destroy. God has been teaching me how to fight this battle, by putting on the whole armor of God.
I have seen poverty at many levels. Poverty is not just a physical lack of resources, but it is a spiritual separation from the perfect will of God. In Kenya, we see many are suffering from material poverty and in the Western world, we see many suffering from maybe a poverty of spiritual intimacy with God or the poverty of community. The poverty of spiritual intimacy is when one becomes so independent, thinking they have no need to depend on God. The poverty of community is one who is so independent, that they do not need relationships or other people in their lives. We all may have or are suffering from some type poverty, but there is ONE who can save us from this poverty, Jesus Christ.
I have seen God delivering children that have been under satan’s bondage.
I won’t forget the time that Hannah and I prayed for one of the girls at the orphanage. She had come to talk to me and as I was praying for her, there was something going on in the spiritual realm. We started rebuking and praying out the evil spirit in her. This was so new to Hannah and I, and we felt so inadequate. But it wasn’t about us, it was about God revealing Himself and about Him giving victory to this girl. And God is so FAITHFUL.
There is a girl, that whenever our team would visit her, she was unhappy. She didn’t have hope. But let me tell you God transforms lives and HE is a story changer. Today, when she sees us, she runs to us and is so excited, because God has given her joy and hope. Only something that our Father in Heaven can do.
Another girl was left to die, but that was not the end of her story. Slowly with time, she started smiling, talking and opening up. Today she is a beautiful, hardworking, healthy and happy girl. ALL glory be to GOD. He is a miracle working God.
“I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly.” ~ John 10:10b
“Little children, you are from God and have overcome them, for He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world.” ~ 1 John 4:4
I thank God, because with Him, we have overcome. He has given us the authority over our enemy satan(Luke 10:19b). We should not be afraid, because the one who is in us, Jesus, is greater than the one in the world, satan. We serve a wonderful God, who is fighting for us.
But let us not forget, we have a role to play. We need to be wearing the right equipment to fight this battle. We need the FULL armor of God. Ephesians 6: 13 – 18
Life is an adventure, filled with ups and downs. We are not promised to an easy life, but we are promised God’s presence and His Holy Spirit, who will lead and teach us. I look at the callings of Jeremiah and Ezekiel and I admire their commitment and obedience to God.
They knew who had called them and what He had called them to.
Thank you for your love and support. May God complete that work which he has began in your life. May God bless you!
“And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ.”
“Arise, for it is your task, and we are with you; be strong and do it.”