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We face a lot of oppositions when we're in Kenya, as evidenced by this post. We're currently in Kenya on our 6th mission there.


There once was a sculptor who was carving a piece of stone as a young child stared, mesmerized.  Suddenly the child's eyes lit up with recognition and with all seriousness asked, "How did you know there was a rhino in that stone?"

We are fascinated with transformation, whether it be a rock carved into a figure, a home make-over or trash turned to treasure, but especially captivating is a transformation of the human variety.  There are the visual transformations like those you see on "What Not to Wear" or "The Biggest Looser," but even more enthralling is the transformation of a life.  We may see it in others or even in ourselves, that change that makes you want to ask God, the sculptor of our lives, "How did you know that was in me?"

I remember years ago when some friends from church were in training to become full-time missionaries.  They sent us photos from their "camp" where they were living without the benefit of electricity or running water.  I remember thinking, "There's no way I could ever do that, nor would I want to.  I'm much too fond of both."

However, as it is written: “No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived what God has prepared for those who love him” — 1 Corinthians 2:9

Evidently God saw something in me that I did not, because even with a myriad of health issues He chose to send my husband and I to Kenya - much of the time without the benefit of electricity or running water - not once but FIVE times.  This was never even a blip on my radar, but my husband confessed after trip #3 that he'd wanted to be a missionary since he was a child.  (Whatever happened to full disclosure?  He also told me he wanted to be the first farmer on the moon.  At least it looks like I'm safe there.) 

My friend Mary Beth and I were at Cindy Bultema's video premier last week when I learned she didn't know about my upcoming trip to Kenya next week so I thought I'd better share the news with anyone else whom I've neglected to tell. 

This will be trip #5 for the person my first team leader declared would be least likely to return.  (Come to find out, my husband and I have been the only ones to return!)  The team leader wasn't being critical when he said this.  It was a very difficult trip for me physically, which is a story in and of itself.

In fact, all of the trips have been difficult for me.  My back has gone out as well as my hip; malaria, food poisoning on the plane (both on the same trip); and most recently a lung infection that's still giving me grief two years later.  But the problems aren't just confined to the trip.  In every instance there have been problems beforehand as well, and this trip is no exception.

I've been to the doctor three times in the past three weeks, been on two rounds of antibiotics and had a doozy of an ear infection.  My ears are still plugged, so tomorrow I go to see an ENT doctor.  A couple of my team mates have some health issues going on as well.  Would you please pray for us?

Father, I thank you for the privilege of serving you halfway around the world.  I ask that you would bless the entire team with good health so we can serve you to the best of our abilities.  Bind the enemy in the name of Jesus Christ and allow us to accomplish great things for your kingdom!


One Response so far.

  1. WOW our old enemy is angry and doesn't want this team going to Kenya.
    Thank you for sharing at Tell Me a True Story." I take authority over every force that is coming against you and your team. May the Angels fight for you and give you all relief in all areas.

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