As I opened the drapes this morning of our cottage in Nairobi Kenya I went up the steps and opened our front gate. This is the sight I saw.
I sense this is a picture of our time here in Kenya. It is not about this cozy cottage and how much I’m enjoying it. It is about “going out that gate” to the people God has sent us to minister to here in Kenya.
It is nice to enjoy this lovely home, the birds singing, the cool breeze blowing. It is beautiful here. I will miss this cottage when we are out in the villages, but our call is to “go out that gate” to those God has called us to serve! This cottage is a place God has blessed us with to refresh us before “going out” next!
Don made it back late Thursday night (Thursday morning in the US) yea!!! It is so good to have him back with me. Words can never express how much all your prayers mean to us! Our prayer partners have been working overtime between Don’s rushed trip back to Texas for Suzanne’s funeral and my remaining here in Kenya to get our home in order. Thank you, thank you!
Come this Saturday morning (after Don gets two whole nights in his own bed!) we leave at 5:00 am for 10 days in the coastal city of Malindi on the Indian Ocean. It will take us about 11-12 hours of hard driving to get there. Please pray for our safety and that our vehicle functions properly. We are going with Kelly Johnson, Founder and President of Biblical Life Ministries and the author of the “Bible School in a Briefcase” (BSIAB) a 10 week course of study for village pastors.
Monday through Friday Don and I will attend the last week of the Bible school as students. Please pray that we will be alert and attentive and able to participate fully in the classes. On Saturday we will assist the Johnsons with the graduation ceremony. I’m in charge of getting all their names spelled correctly on their certificates!
The new graduates are to be commended for completing this course over the last year. We were in Malindi in 2009 when the Johnsons held the first meetings with the candidates. We are so privileged to be returning to see them graduate! We ask that you pray for these pastors as they return to their village churches better prepared to preach the Word of God, walk as Godly followers of Christ, disciple their congregations and evangelize their communities.
Now that is a reason to GO OUT THAT GATE!
Don & Becky