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.