Greetings from Kenya! We have complete two visits to projects here in the city of Nairobi. I am with the ministry of Compassion International and to find out more about Compassion check out their site www.compassion.com. They have a ministry to children which covers four areas of a child's life. The four areas are spiritual, physical, educational, and social. They work through churches all over the world to change the life of children. It has been my privilege to see their work in two locations over the past couple of days. The two pictures included in this post tell the story of two young girls. The first is a sponsored child who is going to school and is getting an opportunity to grow spiritually, physically, emotionally, and socially. We visited one of the kids home on the first day and it was very poor. Only two rooms and a dirt floor and the size of the two rooms is way smaller than any of our bedrooms. But there was a contentment and a joy there. The mother was so happy to have us there! She showed us her home and her small business selling fruits and used clothes to make a living. The average person makes about 20.00 per month.
The second picture is of Mary who is 4 years old. She is a sweet girl with lots of energy. She is involved through Compassion with her mother and we visited her and her family in their small home. Mary's mother has come to know Jesus as her personal Lord and Savior through the ministry of Compassion and the local church. It was amazing to see what God is doing here through the church and this ministry.
One of the things that I have discovered is that we serve a Big God! He is everywhere! Many have come to know the same Jesus that we know and pray the same way we pray! It has been encouraging to see His greatness and His grace displayed even among extreme poverty. The locals have diagnosed the problem of poverty and its solution which I found interesting. They have found that the answer to poverty is to introduce hope and a future. It is hope and a future that propels a person to get out of poverty and seek a healthier life. Sounds like a promise God gave to us! Jeremiah 29:11. I have also been learning about contentment. Read Psalm 17 and see what brings satisfaction!
I will write again as the trip continues!