A Kenyan Christmas

Merry Christmas!! This first Christmas in Kenya has been filled with joy, laughter and love. The missionaries here at Tenwek have established Christmas traditions that both serve the Kenyan community and the missionary community.

The Christmas festivities began with the MK gingerbread house decorating competition on Wednesday. The students begin preparing the night before by baking the gingerbread.  The creativity of these kids shined during this time. One family made Hogwarts! I did not participate in the house making, but instead I went to each station to take pictures and give high fives.

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Thursday began a series of Orphanage Christmas parties put on by the missionaries. There are five orphanages in our area that the missionaries support. At these parties each student is given a new pair of shoes, a new school uniform and school supplies for the next school year. We also play games with them sing songs and share the Christmas story. I was given the task of teaching the Christmas story at the orphanage my group went to. I honestly felt intimidated with the idea of teaching to a group of 60 children. When I stood up to begin the story I felt uncertain of how to begin. The uncertainty and the nervousness melted away as the word tumbled from my mouth. I never looked at my outline and notes. I simply told the story. In that moment, I knew I was exactly where I was supposed to be, doing what I was supposed to do.

On Saturday, the missionaries went caroling through the hospital. This was a joy to be a part of. I can honestly say this experience opened my eyes and heart to a new perspective. Because my job is to minister to the missionaries and their families, I have not spent much time at the hospital. Each room I walked into was crowded. There are no private rooms for each patient to have. Much of the time there are not enough beds for everyone. However, the patients smiled as we sang. In many eyes, I saw joy that can not be taken away. I remember thinking “This is why Jesus came.” He came to bring joy, hope and love.

This Christmas I have experienced so much love. For those who are worried about me, know I have been well loved this Christmas by the missionaries here. I have received gifts  and cards from far and near. I have shared meals and laughter with those I now consider family. But nothing compares to all of the ways God has revealed his character to me through those I have been given the opportunity to serve. I pray I have used these opportunities well.

 

 

I now ask you to pray and consider your own opportunities. The orphan and hospital ministries depend on something we are all familiar with, money. There are needs here that impose heavy financial burdens. The hospital would be able to save more lives if they had IV pumps. The orphan ministries are always in need of more funds due to the fact that there will always be children who are left without parents to raise them.

To learn more about why IV pumps are desperately needed visit this blog  https://manyfamilyonmission.com/2017/11/30/my-grown-up-christmas-list-3/

If you desire to learn more about the orphan ministry see this linkhttps://www.wgm.org/tenwek-orphan or contact me directly

Merry Christmas!

Author: grace4kenya

I am a twenty-three-year-old woman who has recently decided to move to Kenya. Yes, as in Kenya Africa. I graduated from college one year ago, and what a year it has been. When I graduated from college I had a plan. I was going to finish student teaching in the fall, and after that I was going to move to North Dakota. I prayed about this plan. I had no doubt that this was what God wanted me to do. As it says in Proverbs 16:9, I decided on a plan, but God determined my steps. God removed all possibility for my plan to continue in October of 2016. I had no choice, but to allow God to guide me. I live one day at a time at first. During this time, God was graciously loving me. I was angry at him. I felt cheated. I felt lost. I felt discouraged. I felt like God had led me down a dead-end road. But God, in all of His goodness, made a path through the wilderness. Each step that I have made since October has led me to Kenya. I will be teaching children of medical missionaries, and I will be volunteering in a Kenyan church. God has gifted me with the skills needed to teach, and he has given me a passion for educating children. I will be using this blog to document my journey. The before, during and after of the journey. I have a fundraising profile link in the link section. I am relying on the generosity of other to make this journey happen. If you feel led to sponsor my trip, follow the link and it will take you to my World Gospel Mission account. I also covet the prayers of all. Prayer is never fruitless, but as I continue I will be posting specific ways people can pray for me. I look forward to bringing you along the journey with me.

One thought on “A Kenyan Christmas”

  1. Thank you for the continued updates, Grace! I can tell that you are enjoying your time and learning from the Master Teacher himself. It is a joy to see how God is working in you and through you. May 2018 be filled with God’s fingerprints as you serve Him in this special place!

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