Kenya so far.....

Wow. God is moving. Im hesitant to attempt to contain in finite words the infinite kingdom glory that has been revealed these past weeks. As a first timer to this beautiful land, I cannot describe this experience without mentioning my continual amazement at God’s incredible creation in Africa. One of the best parts of my day is on the evening bus ride when we all get a gift of God’s artwork in the sunset. Its funny how I came to Kenya thinking that my purpose was to minister to the people here when in reality they are the ones ministering to me. There are a lot of practical things that our American team have to share but overall the Kenyans in the communities we have visited have it going on. With the opportunity of staying in Ngaamba for an extended period of time presents the gift of seeing exponential growth in their leaders. The dedication, severe sacrifice, and unconditional love of the people here is a picture of what I believe to be the same behavior of Jesus. Personally, I have had to go to back to ‘Christ follower 101’ (if you will) and renew my mind in the actual truth of Gods word. It has been an uncomfortable process at times to take the lies of this world that I believe, ask God to hold them captive in their tracks and replace them with truth. Our group has talked a lot about our identity in Christ and what that actually means. Thanks to Noah Webster and his 1828 dictionary (and Kristine) we have learned that the word ‘identity’ means sameness. Therefore, if my identity is in Christ, I am sameness with Him. If He is worthy, beautiful, righteous, and chosen.....then so am I. Maybe everyone else kinda knew this, but this truth has rocked my world. I feel sorta like a sponge trying to absorb every face, every tree, and every moment. Through this striving to absorb, God has been so faithful and provided me with the mind to remember exactly what I need to and that comes down to remembering who God is and what He has done. Our friends here have taught us a song that we all love to sing often...the anthem goes, Ni we we Ni we we Bwana (x2) I am sure your dying to know what it means:) The message of the song is “It is you, it is you God, it is you, it is you God” This is a very simple anthem but it is the perfect humble cry of our hearts. Everything is about God. Everything screams His glory. This life, this trip, this praise is just soo not about us......”it is you God.” I have been constantly reminded of Joshua’s divine awe after the Lord led him to cross over the Jordan. He was told “Take off your sandals from your feet, for the place you are standing is holy.” The same God that delivered the Israelites is moving here today. We are on holy ground.