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Purpose:  
I will be partaking in a missions trip through Impact Nations to go to Nakaru Kenya this fall.

What will I be doing? 
• Distributing water filters to hundreds of people with no access to clean water
• Taking part in mobile medical clinics 
• Helping with feeding programs in the city dump
• Visiting prisons to minister to the inmates
• Preaching the Gospel and healing the sick, both house-to-house and in outdoor gatherings

What's my story for going on this missions trip?: 
Well.... I'm glad you asked.  I received an email through Compassion International about a Crisis Update regarding  a drought causing wide spread health concerns in East Africa to include Ethiopia, Uganda, and Kenya. I also recently went to feed my starving children and heard the same thing about Somalia. Even though I feel I am doing helpful things here (in the US), I can't help but think that I could be doing more. It made me think.. why not? Why not find a way to impact those places more directly. I believe the Holy Spirit led me to this missions trip of going to Kenya through Impact Nations. Handing out water filters, participating in medical clinics, preaching in the prisons etc.,... what a great way to bring practical demonstrations of the gospel to these precious people!

I'm calling this journey "Stepping Out".  I'm placing my prayers, belief, and faith for the past few years into action. Stepping out of my inward intentions and dreams and making it a reality. Stepping out of 'safe prayers' and moving into 'dangerous prayers' (shout out to my home church at Substance for that sentence!). I've used the distractions and lies of "I'm not ready," and "I don't have the time" to delay me for far too long. In the bible it says "Go and Learn" (Mathew 9:13). I'm equipped already and it's time for me to help equip others. The bible also says "Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation" (Mark 16:15) and "Go and make disciples of all nations" (Mathew 28:19). If I believe Jesus is the same yesterday and today and forever (Hebrews 13:8) then I believe in his message and calling for me to go out and preach the gospel outside my comfort zone of Minneapolis. Lastly He says "Do not be afraid... for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go." (Joshua 1:9) How then can I fear stepping out into my faith and living my dangerous prayers? 

I ask that you pray for me in this journey. To reach those who have never heard Jesus. To talk to people in need, strangers, the lost, and to give them hope. To use my personality as a blessing. To show compassion and love. To serve. Please pray also for my preperation in this journey. To remain in the word and steadfast. For logistics of passport renewals and vaccinations and the like to take place unhitched. To begin my missions trip in prayer before reaching Kenyan soil. Pray for strength in the Holy Spirit to guide me. Prayers for safety. And lastly, if you feel led, I pray you consider not only praying for me but also financially supporting me in this mission. Only if you feel moved to do so :) . Mostly I ask for prayer and appreciate your support in this journey and mission. 

Thank you also for your time in reading this post. I know I'm not a person of "few words" ;) . I will end here with this final prayer: That this post found you well. That your heart is light. That you see the good and joy in today. And that the rest of your week be filled with blessings. 

Sincerely, 
--- Kim  
 
 

Mark Dewald

2017-10-03 02:50:48

I'm so excited for you! I can not wait to see and hear how God has worked through you as well as how you have grown through this!

Bethany Flanders

2017-09-16 19:40:42

Love you girl! So excited to hear about all that God does in and through your team!

Anonymous

2017-09-15 02:39:38

May God richly bless you in your travels and keep you safe in His hands, Kim. May He show His love through your life to those you meet, and may many be saved and healed through God's power and your obedience. "Every place where the sole of your foot shall tread I have given you, just as I promised to Moses. . . . Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go." Joshua 1:3,9 "So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with My righteous right hand." Isaiah 41:10 "And behold, I am with you always, even to the end of the world." Matthew 28:20b

Josh Meyers

2017-09-14 14:48:07

Excited to hear what God does in you though this trip! I'm expecting Him to order your steps and use you to impact people that he's placing in front of you!

Sara Brown

2017-09-06 15:39:25

Glad vaccines went well. "If God is for us, who can be against us?" Not even a tiny little organism escapes God's notice. He's got you covered in all ways!

Taylor Swanson

2017-09-04 15:28:18

Praying for you Kim! You are such a blessing to so many people around you :) Love you!

Sally Lynn Gorski

2017-08-30 12:45:10

Inspired by your enthusiasm Kim! Safe travels!!

Kelsea Smith

2017-08-26 23:16:34

Kim you are such an inspiration. Praying for you and this amazing journey you're taking to help others!

Alexandra Hanson

2017-08-24 20:14:56

Love ya girl! Your amazing!

Linda Mabbs

2017-08-22 16:05:46

So proud of you Kim!! Happy to support you in your giving of yourself in such a positive way, office mate!

Erik Olson

2017-08-21 13:09:24

So proud of you for stepping outside your comfort zone!

Dianne Bell

2017-08-20 18:53:32

Praying for a successful trip! Peace and Blessings!

Sara Krogh

2017-08-20 01:34:24

Praying for you sister! You have the most generous heart! Love you

Sara Brown

2017-08-19 15:35:33

So happy that you are "stepping out"! God has prepared a great adventure for you to join Him in!

Ellen Jensen

2017-08-19 02:59:16

Good luck girly! Praying for you :)

Laura Beth Buchl

2017-08-16 03:32:11

Thank you Kim for reaching out to those in need of clean water, medical care, nutrition and compassion. Your inner beauty does shine with the light of God. Safe travels!

Update #1 (logistics, shots, and remaining informed - God continues to move)
September 9, 2017, 1:58 pm

Hi all!

Just wanted to stay connected and give an update!! Thank you for all your prayers and support thus far!! I feel so loved with everyone's generosity and kind words. You are all speaking such life into me I feel so blessed to have such great community. I want to also say thank you for the logistical prayers! Received my new (updated yet still painfully unattractive) passport haha, and received my super fun vaccinations this week.  Thankfully the nurse giving the vacinations was a pro and I hardly felt a thing. The travel doctor was also extrememtly pleasant and informative. She gave me lots of good advice about food/water to avoide, animals to look out for, and how to appropriately protect myself against mosquitoes/bugs and the environement. I feel like God is placing great people in my path.

I've even been able to share and connect with some interpreters at my work who are from East Africa! It's been heart-warming to hear their stories and to see their joy in the fact that I'm going to visit their country. I've heard about the importance of being cautious with the re-election coming up and ask for prayers with safety regarding the envioronment over there. The recent election got nullified and will be re-run on Oct 17. There is some political unrest and some riots that typically develop over this (election times). I'll be flying in October 21. Maybe unfortunate timing (?) but I know God has perfect timing so He will protect me and will put me where I need to be.

Currently on my mind is my evisa. Being new at traveling outside the country I'm learning the route of patience and waiting for it to get accepted. I'm a "have my ducks in a row" kind of person and love checking things off my list. Will feel relieved once I hear back from the government that my Visa to enter the country is approved.

I'll continue to update you all as I prepare for my trip! It's not too far away now and the reality of it is becoming ever more present! Again I appreciate all your words and support! God continues to move us each and everyday. Prayers we keep following and looking to him in all we do! Have a blessed week!!

-Kim

Blessed to be a blessing
September 20, 2017, 1:19 pm

9/20/2017

Thank you so much for such ongoing support! I have such strong prayer warriors and an amazing network of family/friends. The way of wisdom is about more than simply obtaining new information. It is about living as part of a community where we gladly regard one another as valuable. I am lucky to have such a strong and valuable community! 

I wanted to update you all today to mainly give thanks to some amazing people helping me in this journey. First off for my prayer warriors. My tourist visa did go through without a hitch! No difficulties with logistics so far! Secondondly a big thanks to my friend Camille for loaning me her travel/hiking bag to pack all my clothes/necessities in, and lastly to my friend Carissa for donating appropriate clothing attire as she's very familiar with missions work and is saving me money from going out to buy approriate skirts/shirts etc.

I'm surrounded by such encouragement both at home, work, church and friend circles. I cannot wait to return with stories to share. I could not do this alone and am grateful for this community!

Praying your day is blessed and filled with the joy of the Lord! I'm bless to have you all in my life.
"We must first be a candle where we are, in order to be a lighthouse somewhere else."
-Kim

2 week count down!!
October 6, 2017, 7:02 pm

What?! 2 weeks??

I can hardly believe it! In just 2 weeks I'll be taking off to fly overseas. I can't help but to check and recheck that my passport is still where I left it (as if it has legs and will walk away...) and that my flights are still correct (as if they're going to spontaneously switch overnight... goodness gracious). I am beyond excited to say the least and again cannot help but to feel so loved with all the support.

I have a fundraiser this weekend that I planned when I needed a few hundred dollars to go (Called Flannels and Fitness in the Park). Now it seems almost unnecessary as I can officially say I am now 100% funded!!! God has been so good!! I feel so blessed to say the least. As an update, I want all of you to know (especially those still attending the fundraiser... thank you to those loyal friends :) ) The excess money will go to much needed antibiotics for the children at school in Nakaru. Crazy how much the American dollar can help those in need over there. My mom handed me some cash and said, "It's so good to know that it's going directly to people who need it." I promise any extra money provided will go directly to the kids in Kenya. I cannot wait to share the stories of the differences it will make!!!

I also wanted to let everyone know, to those who have prayed and donated, that I'll be sending official thank yous with photos when I return. I want you to know the difference that you made! This trip is so much bigger than me I can't even begin to explain.

Thank you thank you again to all your support. Your fellowship, thoughts, and prayers means more than I can express.

-Kim

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May God richly bless you in your travels and keep you safe in His hands, Kim. May He show His love through your life to those you meet, and may many be saved and healed through God's power and your obedience. "Every place where the sole of your foot shall tread I have given you, just as I promised to Moses. . . . Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go." Joshua 1:3,9 "So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with My righteous right hand." Isaiah 41:10 "And behold, I am with you always, even to the end of the world." Matthew 28:20b

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Praying for you Kim! You are such a blessing to so many people around you :) Love you!

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Inspired by your enthusiasm Kim! Safe travels!!

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Love ya girl! Your amazing!

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So proud of you for stepping outside your comfort zone!

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Praying for you sister! You have the most generous heart! Love you

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So happy that you are "stepping out"! God has prepared a great adventure for you to join Him in!

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Good luck girly! Praying for you :)

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