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I Can

Sometimes, o.k. if I’m honest almost all the time, life is difficult. That’s not right, life is horrible. Not quite there, life is painful. Closer; life is rough. Life is terrible.

Some people in this world are blessed with a life that is only bad on occasion. They have food to eat, clothes to wear, healthcare, hope in the future, and go through life not just trying to survive but thriving. Or at least have an opportunity to thrive anyway.

Others in this world have no chance to thrive, or a much more limited opportunity to do so.

Working in the midst of those people day in and day out can take it’s toll. Especially since I cannot eradicate poverty. I do not have a magic prayer that will cure H.I.V. I cannot make someone love a person who is unlovable.

Yet I find myself happy, content, even joyful in the midst of dire poverty, sickness, and total abandonment of anything resembling decency.

How do I explain this?

I’m not sure I can. Giving up on the idea of changing the world I’m sure goes along ways to having a life of joy. Back when we first started this ministry I had a vision of reaching thousands with the message of hope. When we started feeding the hungry I was eager to feed hundreds and even create an environment where they would no longer need food assistance. I quickly gave up on those ideas. Even with a million dollars I couldn’t eradicate poverty. I cannot love a thousand people the way I can love 9 girls.

I gave up on the masses, and started to love and care for the individuals. I can care for 20 children, even when I can’t care for the 2 million plus orphans in the country. I can help individuals make sense of their lives and climb out of the hole poverty has created for them. I can help a single mother pay her hospital bill and secure her release from debtors prison.


Rescued

Thanks to some friends of friends we were able to rescue a 3 year old girl from a hospital. This child is H.I.V. positive and was sick with pneumonia when she went into the hospital.

She was treated for pneumonia and improved. This particular hospital has proven to be adept at helping people with H.I.V. Thankfully she was discharged in much better shape than when she went in. (Not always the case with hospitals in Kenya.)

Then came the bill. Until her family was able to pay she was trapped in the hospital. She owed approximately $120 U.S. dollars. An amount her family could not fathom paying. An impossible situation.

Then light shines through the clouds of the circumstances and a miracle happens.

We paid the bill, and sprang this 3 year old girl. Celebration.

 

Luke 4:18

The Message (MSG)


   God's Spirit is on me;
      he's chosen me to preach the Message of good news to
       the poor,
   Sent me to announce pardon to prisoners and
      recovery of sight to the blind,
   To set the burdened and battered free,
      to announce, "This is God's year to act!"


Creative Stuffed Animal Storage

This has nothing to do with Jesus, unless you like the old adage, “Cleanliness is next to Godliness.”

Having 14 children, all girls but one, means that we have collected a number of stuffed animals and a handful of dolls (all from the US because toymakers are nowhere in Kenya). The amount of storage we have here is minimal at best. In fact, we don’t even own a toy box! And all wardrobe space is needed for the girls’ clothes so I decided to come up with a quick and easy, frugal way to organize all those dollies..

I just whooped out my stable gun and some hair bands… There ya have it!

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