we're just a family of finches making our way in the town w/o a frown.

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

i'll never forget where you're at

my friend rachel's mom correctly named yesterday's lyrics. they are from "the pot can't call the kettle black" by jerry jeff walker. i'm a big fan of jerry jeff. friday's lyrics still haven't been named, today is the last day then i will reveal 'the rest of the story'. most of you know that my family went to Kenya in May of 2005 for a mission trip. my father in law goes every summer and builds churches in kenya. we wanted to wait until monkey would be old enough to remember the trip, so we went the summer before she started kindergarten. let me see if i can set the scene. i graduated from college, finally, on saturday, and we boarded the plane on tuesday. it was a very busy weekend. i was still technically under doctor's care when we left. two weeks before the kenya trip i was 12 weeks pregnant. the next thing i knew i was having a miscarriage and a DNC. i was in emotional turmoil at best, but i thought hey what better way to get my mind off it than to do God's work. we had an amazing time. we put a roof on a church called Upendo, it means love. we did 2 medical missions. one was in the slums of Nairobi. we traveled to Tsavo game park and down to the coast at Mombasa. the ocean was a color of blue that i can't even describe. i fell in love with the people and the land. there has been some serious discussion about going back on a more permanent trip, but the Lord hasn't opened that door yet. we still have college debt to pay off before we are in any shape to go across the big pond. the last day we were in kenya we went to church services in the slum where we were doing the medical mission. during prayer time a woman in the back stood up and asked for prayer. she had been pregnant with twins and had lost one. at the exact same moment my husband and my father in law both turned to look and see if i was alright. she told us that her husband was away working and she wasn't a Christian. the preacher talked to her about Christ and she accepted the Lord. we then went to her house to pray with her. i felt moved to pray with her, if you know me at all you know that i DO NOT like to pray in front of people. i told her that i too have suffered a miscarriage and that i would continue to pray for her health and her unborn child's health. suddenly a peace came over me, and i knew that God indeed had a purpose. we came home with a ton of pictures and souvenirs. one of them was delivered in february of the next year. it was an amazing trip never have i felt more at home than i did there. we're hoping to go again for a summer mission in 2010, but we'll see where the Lord leads. i hope that you can see God moving in your life today. this post was kind of emotional, but i felt a need to post it. below are some pics from our trip

this is the church we roofed. finch preached the sermon that morning. the people pictured with us are the fundi, which is a builder, and his family.
this is at the twigga farm outside of Nairobi. monkey got to feed betty the twigga, giraffe.
below are some elephants that were walking in front of our matatu, bus, while we were touring Tsavo. what you don't see is the rest of the heard, they were on the sides of the vehicle.

the happy preacher got friday's song. it is meet virginia.

edited to say vanilla frog got the lyrics. they are from glycerine by bush.


Adrienne said...

What an amazing experience (pain and all). I know you treasure those memories and look forward to helping other souls find their way.

RamFam said...

What a cool trip! I will admit I'm a bit jealous. I've never crossed the big blue and here you have twice! I'd love to go as well. I guess we'll have to see?
Many times I feel discouraged because I am not very able to do mission work, abroad or in my backyard. But right now I know that what I am doing is preparing my children to do that and praying. Never underestimate the power of prayer. I have a prayer book where I keep all my intentions. If I say I will pray for you, you can know your name is written down in this book and prayed for daily. It's what I can do for the world. It may not seem like much, but for me it is what I can do right now. Honostly, I fear the days when I have all the time in the world to volunteer and what not. I am not ready for my babies to grow up. But, alas, too soon that day will come. And with it will come the opportunity to give more.
Sorry. Just my two cents (or make that ten.)

sweetflutterbys3 said...

Wow, those pictures are unbelievable!

Mzzterry said...

thanks for sharing such a personal & meaningful testimony. i am very blessed to see how far God has brought you & how richly He has blessed you in your life. HE IS SO GOOD.<><