“Everyone who drinks of this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks of the water that I will give him will never be thirsty again. The water that I will give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” ~John 4:13-14
He Leadeth Me…
I never dreamed of serving “on the field!” Until last June, the Turkana were not even a blip on my heart’s radar. As one of the most-quoted passages of the Scriptures proclaim, though, “The heart of man plans his way, but the Lord establishes his steps” (Proverbs 16:9). I can testify that God’s Word proves true, yet again (Psalm 18:30)! Last summer, I planned to get away for 10 weeks and to take refuge in Him with no distractions. I planned to whole-heartedly serve the Turkana and temporarily aid the missionaries who labor in their districts day after day, month after month, and year after year. I planned to get a small taste of “missionary life.”
To my surprise and utter delight, for CHRIST is my Delight, GOD had other plans! He has prepared a place for me in KENYA!
When I recognized His pull and submitted myself to it, I started making plans to go back. Again, God gently reminded me that we are blessed when we do things His way. I have had an amazing (not easy, mind you– it is painful to crumple my plans) and beautiful year of trusting and obeying and submitting myself to the will of God. He has blessed me richly and taught me so much about Himself and about how He leads His people. In hindsight, I am so happy that I didn’t miss out on traveling with Him.
At this moment, I am preparing to go BACK to Kenya! I have sought the counsel of my pastor and elders and of other mature godly men and women. I have recently finished the application and interview process and have been accepted as a missionary for Pioneers*. I will arrive in Orlando for a week of Pre-Field Training on February 28th.
Trinity Baptist Church, in Shreveport sends me with their confidence, blessing, and support. I will return to Nairobi, Kenya with a two-year commitment, as quickly as the LORD leads and provides.
This God—his way is perfect;
the word of the Lord proves true;
he is a shield for all those who take refuge in him.
*PIONEERS mobilizes teams to glorify God among unreached peoples by initiating church-planting movements in partnership with local churches.
Would You Like to Know More?
Over the next several months, I would be happy to meet with any and all who are interested in hearing more about how God is expanding Christ’s Kingdom, and laying hold of Turkana hearts.
If you, your church, Bible study group, Sunday school class or friends would like to hear a testimony of God’s faithfulness and outpourings of grace on the other side of the world, please feel free to contact me.
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“How then will they call on him in whom they have not believed?
And how are they to believe in him of whom they have never heard?
And how are they to hear without someone preaching?
And how are they to preach unless they are sent?
As it is written, ‘How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the good news!’”
I’m home from a very eye-opening summer in the Turkana District of Northwestern Kenya. Thank you for your many prayers and financial gifts that enabled me to see first-hand the work of God among the unreached Turkana people.
The Yosts, a missionary family who have been serving in Kenya since 1994, hosted my team of three. We made our base at their home in Lodwar and from there, we took several trips into the bush, where there are no established churches, to share the gospel .
I have often heard of such places, but until now, it has been hard to fully comprehend a community, a whole tribe of people, with no church. Most of the Turkana people are illiterate and cannot read the Bible. There are few, if any, Christian leaders to share the gospel and to throw themselves into the long and hard work of discipling new believers. The Turkana are slaves to witchcraft, but they are thirsty slaves! They are slaves who hear the truth and the Spirit of God is faithful to open their understanding. Their chains fall off and they are set free, but there is no one to strengthen their faith… there is no one to come alongside of them and to run with them. New Turkana believers are starved for fellowship and godly leadership.
What strikes me most about the Turkana people is that they are genuinely worshipful and grateful to God. They are thirsty for more of Him. They want to drink deeply from the overflowing Well that is Truth! (What a fitting analogy for a people who labor for hours a day to dig for and haul dirty water just to survive!) Their new praises lifted to the one true God, instead of their diviners and satanic spirits, are so glorious to hear that one can’t help thinking of John’s vision in Revelation 7:9-10, After this I looked, and behold, a great multitude that no one could number, from every nation, from all tribes and peoples and languages, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed in white robes, with palm branches in their hands, and crying out with a loud voice, “Salvation belongs to our God who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb!”
There are 600,000 Turkana in the 3 Turkana districts, but over a million spread throughout Kenya. Over 1,000,00 souls perishing… souls who need to hear the truth!
Never in my life have I had a desire to be “on the field” full time. I honestly enjoy our American comforts. I even had grand plans of vacationing in Greece this summer. BUT GOD, through a series of events that He brought about (being diagnosed with pulmonary hypertension and staring mortality in the face, being wonderfully and powerfully healed by Him through the prayers of the saints, the sudden unexpected death of a precious young sister in Christ, a childhood longing to see Africa, and much prayer) led me to make the trek to Kenya to serve the Lord in whatever capacity He would see fit to use me in, to see my brothers and sisters on the other side of the world worship the same God in a different tongue, and to seek the Lord’s will for my future.
God has used many things in my life, since childhood, to show me His power and His might. Before going to Kenya, I knew that my God was BIG. But He excited me by showing me, just a little more, how far-reaching His hand is. He is UNBELIEVABLY BIG! WONDERFULLY BIG! He has people in AFRICA!
I learned this summer why the number one request by mission teams on the field is for administrators, followed by church planters/disciplers. There is a very real need for discipleship in the bush. The Yosts have hearts on fire to go– to stay in the bush and to minister to believers and plant churches there. For years, they have been praying for someone to come and help lift the administrative burden of ministry. They need someone to fill administrative and management functions (paperwork, phone calls, correspondence, the organizing and facilitating of a mobilization office through Nairobi, the work toward self-sufficiency through selling eggs and baskets) for the team and for the Pioneers Turkana mobilization office. Paperwork, seemingly, prevents spiritual work! It should not be! As you pray for your Turkana brothers and sisters, remember the missionaries, too. Pray that God will send Greg and Mindy a helper– a secretary who will manage the office so that they can share the gospel, minister and disciple new believers in the bush.
It is exciting to see God move so mightily, to trace His hand in absolutely every event, sometimes in hindsight. It is humbling to see Him take care of me and of His people ACROSS THE GLOBE. What an adventure! We talk about the many tongues, tribes, and nations. It radically changes our perspective to SEE it. Your God is ENORMOUS! Your God is MIGHTY! Your God SAVES not only in Shreveport, but on the other side of the world in mud huts in Kenya! Praise His holy, holy, holy name!
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