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Mission in Kenya July 2005
By Samuel M Armstead
Sunday, November 27, 2005
Rated "G" by the Author.
Treasure of knowing that there is true love in the world.
I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the
sheep (John 10:11)". Whereas Jesus laid down His life for mankind,
so shall we as Christian. On July 5, 2005 changed my life
dramatically. Prior to leaving for the airport, there was mix
emotion of gladness and sadness. I really had no ideal of what type
of people I would encounter. God placed some very receptive heart
warming people in my life that I will never forget.
Furthermore, this trip has given me a burning desire to go
forward into more mission work. To seek more experience into the
culture, language, and people. After noticing the deep desire of the
people wanting to know more of western culture. The children ask
many questions about American children. They seem to think they were
lacking something the children had in America. Despite, material
things such as cell phones, laptop computers, mp3 players and other
western things that the children in America do not in all cases
need. Most of them just want them because others have them.
However, these children in Kenya are far advanced in knowledge
than the American children. Most Kenyan children speak three
languages. They speak their tribal language, Swahili, and English.
After visiting many schools from Nairobi, Nakuru, and Eldoret. Some
private, public, and national schools. These children knew about
Jesus. Also they knew how Christian children should carry themselves
through out life. No matter what the children's needs or wants. The
most important thing that I noticed about the children, was the love
for God in their hearts. This gave me a great appreciation toward my
faith and Christian walk.
Throughout my stay in Kenya, I found a great deal of
merchants. It seem if though everyone was selling something or
Perhaps this was a way of life, or a means of support. With lack of
employment for so many I can understand. Kenya as a country has left
a willingness in my heart. As a individual who has been many places.
Yet none can be greater than the welcome I received in Kenya. Their
good byes were a welcoming gesture to return. They are truly a happy
The American people have a lot to learn from the people of
Kenya. Although while I was their, many people where saying that
sixty percent of the people of Kenya where twenty years old and
younger. These are the next leaders of the world. I see a third
world country, that could be number one given the proper skills,
equipment, and financial guidance. With the grace of God and my
story being told to many. There is a great opportunity to be part of
future development for Kenya not so much as finance, but spiritual
growth and making leaders of community. But speaking the truth in
love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even
Christ: Ephesians 4:15 "I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd
lays down his life for the sheep (John 10:11)". Whereas Jesus laid
down His life for mankind, so shall we as Christian.
Seven ways to grow in mission work.
Count your Blessings God, through Paul, gives us (Ephesians
3: 1-14) a sevenfold doxology of spiritual blessings, the keys to
everlasting joy. When we recognize the true worth of these spiritual
blessings, the result is growing up in everlasting
1-The joy of being chosen, God has chosen us to be holy and
blameless (v. 4)
2-The joy of adoption, that means everything the Father has, whether
it be the cattle on the hills or His glorious throne, everything
that the Father has belongs to you and me.
3-The joy of redemption, realizing that He has purchased us is key
to growing up in His everlasting joy.
4-The joy of wisdom, He's given us His grace with all wisdom and
5-The joy of knowing, He has revealed the mystery of His will unto
6-The joy of inheritance, He's given us an inheritance. We make a
rich God a pauper by our lack of faith in His ability to provide for
all our needs.
7-The joy of being sealed, we have a holy heritage in Him. In
Ephesians 1:13-14, God sealed it with His Holy Spirit. He guaranteed
it. God guaranteed that I will be delivered in heaven. God has
promised and He keeps His Word, even when we don't.
In conclusion, having experienced one mission my heart and
mind is ready for more. Most of all, I would like to think God for
enabling me to take part as a team member, and you Dr. Stanko for
allowing me to go as a student to grasp such a life long experience.
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|Reviewed by Karla Dorman, The StormSpinner
Thank you, this is beautiful. My dream is to go to Africa one day, and you've taken me there--m'zuri. :)
(((HUGS))) and love, Karla.
|Reviewed by Karen Lynn Vidra, The Texas Tornado
Wonderfully inspiring work; I would love to go to Africa some day (Kenya and Tanzania; but for now that is only a dream!!). Love the picture of you and the Maasai man!
(((HUGS))) and much love, your friend in Tx., Karen Lynn. :D
I know a LITTLE Swahili: jambo, habari gani, mzuri sana, asante sana, duma, twiga, tembo, simba, rafiki, and kwaheri. :) (I learned from a Swahili-English dictionary. *Grins*)
|Reviewed by Sandra Mushi
|Great inspirational write, Samuel. I hope you learnt some Swahili during your stay in Kenya - Aksante sana na Mungu akubariki.