If you asked me 6 months ago what I would be doing now, I would’ve said I will be sitting in a lecture hall. I wasn’t aware of the places God was asking me to go to, but I knew wherever it was He would be with me. By October, I knew He was inviting me deeper into His heart. I couldn’t ignore an invitation like that. So I followed Him and, looking back, I am in awe of where He has led me.
When we [the interns] arrived at Juliah's home, I felt as though I was returning to see an old friend. It was like I’d known her heart for a lifetime. As Juliah told her story and her part in the Rejoice Project, I began to see how much Jesus was in this place; providing a path in the wilderness by molding leaders in the community.
He is not only transforming the lives of the next generation, but he’s changing the hearts of the young adults leading them. I, of course, was only seeing the result from years of discipleship and investment, but I was captivated by the way God moves here.
God shows himself in unexpected ways, but when you are looking for Him with your whole heart, He is easily found. We just have to come. Taste and see that He is good.
After chai and worship, we found ourselves spread out all over Juliahs homestead, all of us engaged in different conversations. Some sat together inside discussing a Rejoice Project member’s book on how to lead congregations. Others lay in the field smelling flowers and catching up on life since their last meeting. Still others walked through the shamba picking plums or held babies in the sunshine. I had my back against the kitchen door as I observed all of the life surrounding me. In that moment it was as if time was standing still just long enough for me to feel God whisper that this was what He wanted me to see all along. Overwhelmed by joy, I knew that this is what David meant when He said, “Taste and see that the Lord is good.” Not that life was perfect, but that in the midst of this world we need only to stop and see the gifts around us to know that He is good.
Juliah walked Anna and I down the road back to the bus, hugging us both and sending us off with a “nakupenda” (I love you) for the road. I have seen what mighty works the Lord is doing here. I have tasted His goodness. And because of that, my life will never look the same again.