Monthly Archives: April 2015

Still Going to Kenya?

It’s not often I watch the news, so I was unaware of the attack on the students in Kenya when I entered church last Sunday morning. So the question, “Are you still going to Kenya?” caught me off guard.

“Of course,” I replied. “Why do you ask?”
“Have you seen the news?”
“No.”

My friend opened his phone and pulled up an article from USA Today telling me of the Al-Shabab gunmen killing 147 people at a University in Kenya on the previous Thursday.

I was stunned. The evil one had stolen my joy. I can tell you very little of what the minister said on Easter Sunday morning. My heart goes out to the Christian and Muslim families who lost loved ones. And I pray for the terrorist. “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.”

I wish I could tell you that I didn’t consider cancelling our trip, but I did. After much prayer, I am happy to write that our team is holding fast to our plans because we know that many are living in darkness, and we have the light to share.

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I know many consider me crazy to travel to a terrorist hot spot, but I know there is no place safe place in the world in its present fallen, sinful state until the prince of this world is driven out. Let us never forget that Jesus triumphed over Satan in His death and resurrection and that Jesus will have the final triumph. And so, I plan to follow Jesus, wherever that path may lead.

Do not deceive yourselves. If any of you think you are wise by the standards of this age, you should become ‘fools’ so that you may become wise.” 1 Corinthians 3:18.

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Pack Light – Buy Local

If there’s one thing I’ve learned when planning a mission trip, it’s to pack light. On our first venture to Africa, we purchased everything we’d need for our Bible School in the U.S. This included: snacks, t-shirts to give away, crayons, coloring pages, etc. We used every ounce of the airline’s weight allowance (two – fifty lb. trunks per person.)

 

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On the second trip, we visited purchased food for snacks, backpacks for orphans, and soccer jerseys in the local market. Purchasing items in Africa had seven benefits. 1) Less luggage to pack. 2) Less luggage to handle. 3) Less luggage to lose. 4) We boosted the local economy. 5) Prices were cheaper in Africa. 6) We gained a better understanding of the culture by visiting the local market. 7) The market gave us another venue to share the name of Jesus.

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If you are planning a mission trip, check with your local contact and determine what is available to buy in the area market. I’ll never forget the look on the face of the young man who sold us the soccer jerseys in the Niamey market. His hands shook as we counted the money. We also gave him a $20.00 tip because he ran to different vendors to find the exact jersey’s we wanted. When we made the final transaction, the crowd around us applauded.

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I pray that each of us who are physically able will answer the call to share the name of Jesus. Blessings are awaiting you.

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