Being Called

“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.

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I love the mixed expressions of the children on this photo! This was class 1 – 3 at the April camp which I taught with Krista. What a privilege to teach these children the Word of God! 

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.”

Luke 10:19

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.”

Ephesians 6:12

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.”

Phil 1:6

“Arise, for it is your task, and we are with you; be strong and do it.”

Ezra 10:4

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This Thing Called Life

Oh, where do I start, and what do I write? Time has flown, and in the midst of everything I’ve gotten too busy. And God is reminding me of this verse:

 “But Martha was distracted by all the preparations that had to be made. She came to him and asked, “Lord, don’t you care that my sister has left me to do the work by myself? Tell her to help me!”

Luke 10: 40

In the beginning of this year I had a wonderful visit from my brother and another adopted brother, Daniel. We had a wonderful time.   My brother and I caught up on some good quality brother – sister time. It was wonderful to show him around.

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We went to visit one of the families of our girls.

After that my life was put on fast forward. School assignments and revision, office work, visits to the children at home, trips to Nairobi, curriculum to develop, e – mails to write. And I was becoming stressed. So much was needed from me, but I was running out of the energy needed to accomplish the task.

My body also detected stress and I fell sick. That was a one long month of not feeling well and not feeling like myself. But in that time, God was teaching me something, actually a couple things.

  1. He knows what I need

God knew me in my mother’s womb. He knows me inside out. There is no one that knows me like my Father in Heaven. He showed  this to me in a very real experience.

I had other guests coming from home, some of them were coming to go with Bishop to Turkana and Leanord & Lucille, another set of parents to me, were coming to see me. The day of arrival, I was planning to go to the airport, but had woken up feeling terrible. The Charmaine in me said, I’ll push myself and I’ll go. But someone much wiser, advised me to stay home, for some particular reason. On their way home, they dropped by to see me, and to me shock, my best friend Amanda had come along. Only God knew how much that meant to me, and how much I needed that, because I had been so discouraged the time I had been unwell. It was impeccable timing. I thank God for this blessing, she also came at a time, that we were busy in the office and we needed an extra hand. And for sure, she was the hand we needed. I give God the glory.  I thank God for the friends and family that prayed for me and encouraged me. Thank you so much! May God bless you and fulfill the desires of your heart!

  1. To “Be Still”

But not only does God know what one need, He wants us to be like Mary in Luke 10. When Martha was rushing around the kitchen, preparing the best food for Jesus, Mary chose the ONE thing that was important, sitting at the feet of Jesus.

Martha was busy doing good. Truly, what is wrong with preparing the best food and serving Jesus? But how many times are we so busy doing good, that we don’t have enough time to spend with our Saviour.

I so often can identify with Martha. I remember when I was a little girl, I enjoyed helping mom clean the house and washing the dishes, but my sister was the opposite and she was enjoying herself outside with Dad. Martha got frustrated at Mary, “Lord, do you not care that my sister has left me alone to serve?” I also got frustrated at my sister, because I often was the one washing the dishes, I felt I was left to serve alone.

As I have now grown into a young lady, I still have the busy spirit of wanting to do good with the human tendency to forget the one who called me. This year as life was getting too busy, Amanda was a messenger for her dear sister Michelle’s family to give me a book by the name of Having a Mary Spirit in a Martha World. Thank you! This is exactly what I needed in this point of my life. I have been saying, with school I don’t have time to read other books, but I have realized that I’ve had the wrong attitude. This book has been ministering to me, and teaching me that despite all the craziness in my life, of which some I need to let go, there is time to “Be Still” and sit at the feet of Jesus.

It is through sitting at His feet, that God is speaking to me through His word and giving me peace, joy, strength, and wisdom to serve His dear little children. Let us not put the cart before the horse and try serving without spending time with God.

Last month, we went to visit some children at home with Leanord & Lucille, and oh my, despite my lost voice that day, I went home encouraged.

The little unhappy, fearful girl is now confident, laughing and smiling.

The boy who couldn’t concentrate, write and even thought to be special, was now talking, smiling and even wrote his name. I won’t forget how he asked me “Charmaine, msaidi kufunga kamba. ~ Charmaine, help me tie my shoelace.”  I was leaving, but I immediately stopped, and bent down to tie his shoes, because this was the first time he was actually talking to me. It seems like something little, but with this boy it is growth.

The oldest sister was shy and quiet, but now she is opening up and learning that there is more to life than struggle.

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Verses that God is revealing to me

And when Jesus heard it, He said to them, “Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. I came not to call the righteous, but sinners.”

Mark  2:17

“But Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me and do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of Heaven.”

Matthew 19:14

“And everyone who has left houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or children or lands, for my names sake, will receive a hundredfold and will inherit eternal life.”

Matthew 19:29

“Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, whose trust is the Lord, He is life a tree planted by water, that sends out its roots by the streams, and does not fear when heat comes, for its leaves remain green, and is not anxious in the year of drought, for it does not cease to bear fruit.”

Jeremiah 17: 7-8

“One gives freely, yet grows all the richer; another withholds what he should give, and only suffers want. Whoever brings blessing will be enriched, and one who waters will himself be watered.”

Proverbs 11:24 – 25

“Behold, I am the Lord, the God of all flesh. Is anything too hard for me?”

Jeremiah 32: 27

“If your pour yourself out for the hungry and satisfy the desires of the afflicted then shall your light rise in darkness and your gloom be as the noonday. And the Lord will guide you continually and satisfy your desire in scorched places and make your bones strong; and you shall be like a watered garden, like a spring of water, whose waters do not fail, and your ancient ruins shall be rebuilt; you shall raise up the foundations of many generations; you shall be called the repairer of the breach, the restorer of streets to dwell in.”

Isaiah 58: 10 – 12

“It is He who made the earth by His power, who established the world by His wisdom, and by His understanding stretched out the heavens. When He utters His voice, there is a tumult of waters in the Heavens, and He makes the mist rise from the ends of the earth, He makes lightening for the rain and brings forth wind from His storehouses.”

Jeremiah 10: 12 – 13

I want to appreciate all of you that are supporting me through prayer, finances and notes/cards of encouragement. May God richly bless you. You are being used by God to transform children’s lives. Colossians 1: 9 -12

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