Two weeks ago, I shared about a home dear to us: Keumbu Orphan Center and their need – a new kitchen.
Keumbu Orphan Center is in Kenya, Africa (more info at the end of the post)
As it happens after sharing the need, I expected things to go a certain way.
Again as it happens they didn’t. Infact everything – my plans, ideas, day – went south.
I feared and doubted.
But before long, it became clear that God was shutting me down – dismantling all my ideas and plans, bringing me to a place of complete reliance and faith in Him.
(I am still stunned by how practical and merciful God is.)
When you share your dream…
Monday this week and in spite of my near-meltdown at the beginning, the need was met; $1,200 was raised for the kitchen.
The way God did it? Pure miracles.
How He did it? Through the love and compassion of His people.
I am amazed and in awe. I am grateful for friendship and community.
In meeting this need, God continues to show us that our dream to change lives in Africa through ideas and enterprise and meeting needs is not as loony as it sometimes feel.
We appreciate the baby steps that build our faith.
We are reminded that He’s a compassionate God – He loves people, He responds to their needs.
After you share your dream..
One of the things I’ve been reminded of in the last one week is that God goes with those He sends.
And it doesn’t matter what it is – staying at home to raise your kids, starting a business in order to change the world and meet needs, chasing an impossible dream, being the best father to your kids.
Obedience will always be rewarded. You might not reap today. Or tomorrow. But your obedience will one day bear fruit.
You are never alone, even when you feel like you are. Even your darkest or most frustrating moments will still be filled with His presence, when you call on Him.
I found alot of encouragement from this verse.
Isaiah 58: 9 – 10b
“Then you shall call and the Lord will answer; You shall cry and he will say “Here I am” …If you extend your soul to the hungry And satisfy the afflicted soul, Then your light shall dawn in the darkness, And your darkness shall be like in the noonday”
Question: What faith lessons have you gleaned from trusting God through impossible situations?
*More Information on Keumbu Orphan Center
Keumbu Orphan Center is located in the County of Kisii, 197 miles from the capital city of Kenya.
The center, ran by Pastor Abel and his wife, takes care of 20 children (in-home) and 35 others (out-of-home), 55 kids in total.
Pastor Abel (in cap) and his wife (to the left in purple) with some of the kids.
The youngest is 6years old and the oldest is 17.
The out-of-home program works through provision of food (3 meals a day) and education (tuition fees, school uniform e.t.c) and medical care for 35 kids who cannot live in the center because of it’s small size.
The kids live with guardians/relatives/parents but rely on the center for sustenance.
Keumbu’s vision is to transform vulnerable and orphaned children into self-reliant and responsible citizens.
It’s mission is to reach as many orphaned and vulnerable children as possible through provision of adequate shelter, food, education and medical care.
Facts about Kisii County
About 51 % of Kisii county’s 1,152,282 million people live below the poverty line (The World Bank defines poverty as living on less than $2 a day)
45% of the of the population is below the age of 14 years.
It’s main economic activities include farming, small scale trades, soapstone trade.
For every 34,992 people, there’s only one Doctor. And for every 41 students (public schools) there’s 1 teacher.
Some of the prevalent diseases include Malaria, diarrhea, pneumonia, HIV/AIDs.
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