My husband and I dream about changing lives in Africa through ideas, enterprise and meeting needs.
One month ago and in an interview with David Sparks (for first time time since moving to America), I shared about this dream in public
You can read the full interview here.
Talking about our dream made me realize just how apprehensive and scared I had been all along.
Why was I afraid of sharing our dream in public?
That picture right there.
I was scared of being labelled and dismissed as “yet another African with a begging bowl”
Crazy, I know.
Indulge me for a moment though.
I find it’s easier to talk about my dreams when chances of being understood, accepted, even supported are high.
Opening up about the same dreams and hopes in an unfamiliar environment – new country and culture – is a big challenge.
Also and for a long time I’ve known that I don’t like talking about the scarred side of Africa.
I feel like there’s so much ignorance and half truths about Africa already.
Talking about the scars and brokenness of my continent (and asking others to partner with us to help us repair the broken walls) feels like perpetuating the myths and ignorance.
Yes, I struggle with pride; I dislike being at the “bottom” of the stairs, leave alone asking for help while there.
Why it’s important to talk about your dream
Still, I am learning that no matter where you are or what you presume to be true, one day you must get over yourself, step out and share your dream with somebody.
Powerful dreams always involve others.
The reason you share you dream is not so that others can hear it. That’s not the main reason anyway.
You speak it out so that you can hear it.
Speaking is a manifestation of your faith.
By speaking out your dream, you acknowledge that it’s bigger than your dignity, your ego, your reputation, your fears (both real and imagined).
Spoken faith sets you free from your own fears.
It puts a demand on your faith. It nudges you to start walking out (in public) what you confess in private.
Walking out what we confess
Right now my husband and I would like to help build a new kitchen for a children orphanage in Kenya.
Keumbu Children Orphanage has a lot of needs. But their biggest right now is new Kitchen.
The current kitchen is an old rundown tin-structure.
This is where Pastor Abel and his wife (the orphanage directors) prepare meals for their 20 resident children and 35 others in the orphanage feeding program.
From what you can see, the kitchen looks bad already.
But it get’s worse when it rains (and it rains a lot because the home is located in a rainy hilly part of rural Kenya)
Torrents of muddy waters make rivers across the kitchen floor. The boys will often try to redirect the waters by digging trenches on the earthen floor.
But they don’t always succeed and the cooking fire is often snuffed out in the middle of cooking. Starting a fresh fire, in the middle of cooking, on wet ground, is beyond challenging.
The cost of building a new kitchen for Keumbu Orphanage is 100,000.00 Kenya shillings. (One hundred thousand Kenyan Shillings).
That is $1,200.00 (One thousand two hundred dollars)
In the past, we’ve done what most people do; given from our pocket. Still, since our move to America two years ago, we haven’t even been regular in our giving due to the financial instability occasioned by the move.
But inspite of our seeming lack and apprehensions, we believe God is nudging our hearts towards this project. And in the same way, He’s able to nudge others towards it.
What you can do.
- Sharing fund-raising ideas.
- Giving financially.
I have a some fund raising ideas, mostly online tools and resources.
But I want to hear your thoughts.
If you are not on my email list and are reading this on my website, please email me and share your thoughts. You can also share in Comments section below.
I’ll be posting more on this project in the coming days.
Questions: Why else do you think it’s important to talk about our dreams? Do you have any fundraising ideas? I’d love to hear them in Comments below.