It is time to dig passports out of the back of drawers, suitcases out of the back of basements. It is time to shift mental gears to prepare for long flights, blazing sun, mud between our toes. Mostly, it is a time of excitement and anticipation. Some of us are visiting friends we haven't seen in a year. For some it has been five years, and for some it is all brand new. Five of us are heading to Kenya next week, returning on Easter Sunday. While we may or may not be able to send you stories and photos as we go, there will certainly be many tales to tell and many thoughts to share upon our return.
Our trip will mostly be comprised of spending time with our Kenyan friends and partners to give the support and encourage them in the work that they are doing. We are always encouraged as we visit and in some way come behind them in what they are doing. Our trip is less about "accomplishing a project", rather, we hope to be able to simply understand and support what our Kenyan friends are doing on the ground. After all, are we really in a position to go over and impose our Western ideals on a foreign culture?! I do believe that we have perspective to offer, but who better sees what needs doing than those living ReACT's vision on a daily basis? If we are asked, "What are you doing on your trip?", the answer is simply to encourage, offer perspective and see how we as Western friends can support them from half a world away.
"In the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who will judge the living and the dead, and in view of his appearing and his kingdom, I give you this charge: Preach the word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke and encourage-with great patience and careful instruction." 2 Timothy 4 1,2
On a continuing basis, we always feel the weight of trust that our sponsors put in the work our team is doing in Kenya. This"weight" is not a burden but rather it is sobering to think of the level of trust many of you put in us as we strive to see the children of Kenya know the love of our Father. As we travel for the next three weeks and see the children, visit the homes and schools as well as spend quality time with the staff on the ground, there will be some areas where we offer encouragement and some where we are encouraged. There may be some areas in which any of us (including myself!) need correction or even rebuke. We recognize that we are all ultimately "in the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who will judge the living and dead…" and in view of that, we, as a team must carefully assess where we have been and where we are going to ensure that we are accomplishing the vision that God has given us as a team.
Please pray that God gives us wisdom, discernment and clarity as we meet, travel and assess the work at hand.