Reflecting and looking ahead

“We are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not driven to despair;  persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed.”

2 Corinthians 4: 8 – 9

This elephant has visible battle wounds on her ears and a broken tusk, but yet she has persevered. Her life has been tough, but she is walking strong and her calf is confidently walking beside her. 2016 has been tough, but I believe by the grace of God I have come out strong.

As I look back on 2016, I think of the above verse. It was a tough year with numerous challenges.

Big changes in the workplace, losing a brother and 2 sisters, sickness off and on, etc.

I was burnt out and it was affecting all areas of life – physically I was weak, emotionally I felt like I had nothing to give to the children, I was unable to study as well in school, etc.

I recognize the fact that its only by God’s grace that I came through this season. I was so ready to come to my Canada home for a lengthy break, to just rest. Oh, those four words, REST, sounded so wonderful, but yet at the same time I felt guilty. I am so used to serving 24/7, so taking that step away made me feel guilty. Through friends and family, God somehow gave me grace for those 5 months and now I am home. Resting and taking a break.

Despite all that inside and outside turmoil, I was not crushed and destroyed like 2 Corinthians 4: 8 and 9 says. To my surprise, I still performed well in school, which was a some of my studying and a lot of God’s grace. I thank God for the support and prayers of my faithful Kenyan and Canada friends in this season. God truly carried me through.

I thank God for a new year and for the opportunity to see 2017. 2017 comes with excitement, fears and many questions, but I go forward with confidence, knowing that God is in control. I am in expectancy of what God has in store for me this year.

I am in Ontario till the beginning of March. My mom will be coming back with me and staying till the beginning of May. I will be beginning my Teaching Practice or placement for school in May, where I will be teaching at a primary school in Kenya. I am ready for a new challenge, although it comes with a little fear of not knowing what to expect with my very little teaching practice.

With all this said, I want to thank all of you for your words of encouragement, prayers and support that you gave me in 2016. I look forward connecting with you all in 2017.

I wish you a BLESSED 2017!

“For God is not unjust so as to overlook your work and the love that you have shown for his name in serving the saints, as you still do.”

Hebrews 11:6

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Christmas 2016

Special moments with my nephews, praying and thanksgiving, building a snowman, playing games, and some eating made up for a wonderful 2016 Christmas.

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My dear family. The guy in the red shirt in the back is our exchange student from Belgium. An addition to our family.

I came home on Christmas day. Its been a year and a half without being home and its been wonderful. The first week was full of family time and I enjoyed myself to the fullest.

Meeting my miracle nephew was so special. A year ago the family laid hands and prayed for this child and this Christmas we were thanking God for him. We serve a miracle working God.

Playing with my nephews made for some very special moments. This is something I really miss when I am in Kenya. We made some good memories and this is only the beginning.

Winter fun – snow is cold, but it is beautiful and fun

Have a blessed January!