And he who was seated on the throne said, “Behold, I am making all things new.”
So did this really happen...I quit my job, gave away my furniture, packed 3 suitcases, and moved to Kenya? Is this a dream? Is this my life? Is this real?
These are just some of the thoughts that race through my head when I wake up some mornings. And when reality sets in again, I'm still amazed that I live in Kenya. What's even more startling is that I moved to a new country by myself, without any established community or friends. So when I think about all that has happened over the past 2 months it's even more amazing. God is even more amazing!
My dad left over a month ago, for the first few days after he left I was sad. The realization that I was all alone in a foreign country was so overwhelming. Fast forward several weeks, and God has filled my life with some amazing people. I have met a couple from Nashville, and they have adopted me as their "daughter." Their generosity and love has been a game changer for me. I have joined a small group at my church, and several of my new church members have opened their homes to me. The way God forms community and fellowship is amazing! I am truly grateful for all the people I have met, and look forward to watching how The Lord grows these relationships and friendships during my time here.
In addition to forming new friendships and community, The Lord has used this time to give me a new vision for my work here in Kenya. I came here with the intention of using tennis as a means to build relationships with kids and share the joy of Christ. My current situation doesn't allow me to fully live out those intentions. So The Lord has given me the desire to branch out some and go into schools, nurseries, churches, and children's homes and run mini tennis and bible camps. Whether for 1 day or 3 weeks, I'd love to use my time in these schools to use tennis as a vehicle for the gospel and build meaningful relationships with kids. I have several challenges to fully achieving this vision, but I am faithful that God will provide where He has laid the plans. (I'll be writing a follow-up post on my specific plans and ways to support and pray for this mission).
Nothing can renew faith like being in a needy situation. I literally need The Lord for all of my needs. I must rely on Him to provide for me while I'm in this foreign country. I rely on Him for safety, for transportation. I rely on Him to help me communicate in a foreign tongue. I rely on Him for food, water, and shelter. He is literally my everything, and it has greatly increased my faith and trust in Jesus. As I attempt to start my own mission and ministry, I know that I will have to trust Him more and more, and I'm excited about this new faith journey.
Two months down, many many more to come! Can't wait to see what other news things The Lord will produce.