We are home! And yet we left part of ourselves behind in each place we went.Our return flights home were very uneventful-just walking past rows and rows of people still sitting and waiting.We know different ones who have waited 10 days for flights home.
When you arrive back home there is always the thinking it over,the questions , the pondering and the absolute awe of our Lord and His work around the world.And the nights of readjusting your inner clock-which is why I am up at 3 a.m!
Our last few days in Kisumu,Kenya with Steve and Dianne Warn were busy from morning to night.We have always looked forward to reading their newsletter but seeing their ministry firsthand gives a whole new appreciation for it.They have a drop-in center and home for street boys. What this actually means is they are involved with these boys from morning to night. These boys can be as young as 8 years old and living on their own.Agape provides a place to come,play ball, eat, wash your clothes, have someone to talk to and hear about Jesus. There is always some one sick, someone who needs to talk about their life,help with school work,etc.Tracy spent a lot of his time playing basketball and sharing the Word.I got the job of mending-these boys would strip down a lot of times to their underwear while I tried to sew their one set of clothes back together.They would have pants that were 4 sizes too big and I tried to make them fit.There is such a sweetness and fun spirit to many of these boys but yet they have seen much.Glue-sniffing is such a problem here. It helps with the hunger and feeling warm at night.There is certain days and hours for certain things at the center but yet it is beyond full time as they try to meet the many needs. There is some great young men (3 Kenyans and 1 American) who help out also. There is also a school connected when they move on in the program.So pray for Steves- they are impacting their world for Christ.
We were able to spend some time in fellowship with Steves.We went to Lake Victoria and ate whole talapia,went to church, spent evenings in Bible Study,and Diane and I even helped a young mother go through labor and delivery!A long story but God's grace shown through once again.
Our trip is officially over but yet will live on.We are just struck by the faith and dedication of so many people doing so much in the kingdom of God.We met people from Australia, Britain, America, Germany ,and many other places just spending their days doing often times menial and unrewarding tasks(by the world's standards) for the benefit of others and just being obedient to His call.
"And let the peace of God rule in your hearts,to which also you were called in one body,and be thankful. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom,teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord. And whatever you do in word or deed ,do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him." Colossians 3:15-17.