“Declare His glory among the nations,
His marvelous deeds among all peoples.
For great is the Lord and most worthy of praise…”
There was a wide range of emotions for me as the Kenya trip came closer to reality. I was really looking forward to seeing Stakwell and Francesca, and their daughters: Wendy and Meribell again. Here’s a great picture of them on Easter Sunday morning and one of me with Francesca, her mother and the girls. Such a wonderful family!
I had a lot of my normal anxieties about the conference, the relevancy and cohesiveness of the teaching sessions and how our women would relate to each other and the Samburu women. For those of you who know me, you’re not surprised! But I was also anticipating how exciting it was going to be to see the Lord work out every detail and how the donated money from various people (and the money that had been given in honor of my 70th birthday) was going to be used to help the tribal Samburu women and those at the Sports’ Camp.
In the end it was so like God to weave Himself throughout everything and bring glory to His name – certainly no surprise on that account! But, here were some of my anxieties and how they were resolved.
Please watch the slide show because it gives visual expression as to how God worked abundantly above all I had imagined.
There were two more (of many) spiritual highlights that I want to report on. First, Marilyn’s husband, Jack, used an EvangeCube to present the Gospel message to the women during tea time. There was a palpable presence of the Holy Spirit as almost 40 women responded.
And second, on Easter Sunday morning we had the added surprise of seeing Chairlady. She was the first woman convert in Kurungu and we hadn’t seen each other in years. She looked at J.L. and me and said, “I’m old now. And you look old too!”
Next to the Lord and my dear J.L. (who both so lovingly yet firmly guide my steps), I want to thank the ladies who helped make such a difference in the success of the conference. Marilyn, Janet and Tierney quickly bonded with the women. It was a pleasure to have women along who were naturally friendly and out-going, who didn’t shy away from the language or cultural differences, who eagerly engaged the women and children, were good teachers, singers and sharers (and Tierney Farrell the awesome photographer!), who didn’t complain about the “adjustments” of living at the center, who ate what was put before them…well, the list could go on. We give God all the praise for orchestrating such a great team of women to work with!
Another well-deserved thank you goes to Stakwell and Francesca and their camp staff (12 in all) who worked so tirelessly to see that we were taken care of! Such sweet and thoughtful people devoted to doing all things well for the Lord, whether in the kitchen, garden, housekeeping, building or maintenance – they were great!
A final thank you to those of you who stood with us in prayer and with your financial gifts. It really was a group effort, as each contributed his or her part of the puzzle that made it possible for the whole picture to become…well…whole. We needed each other – and we must have each other – to accomplish the work God had called us to do. So, my heartfelt appreciation for your partnership with us, doing together what we never could have done separately.
Please be watching for future reports on the trip that will include camp projects by the men, the Easter Sunday service and time with the warriors (morans). There is still so much to share!
Gratefully in Christ,
Patt and Meribell enjoy a swing together!
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