It has been over 6 months since I last wrote an update. This past year has been full of unexpected blessings from my God and Savior. A year ago, I left home to come live in Kenya, thinking that I would not see home again for 14 months. In the few months before I left America, the Lord began stirring in my heart that He was soon starting a new chapter in my life. I had been preparing for years, for the upcoming new chapter of moving to Kenya. What I was not prepared for, was for the Lord to bring my soon-to-be husband into my life. The Lord works in unique and extraordinary ways.
Once in Kenya, it became clear to me that the Lord had brought into my life the man that I was going to marry. I wondered about God’s timing, as I had just left this man in America. I am learning to never question God’s plan. Not much time went by, before God orchestrated for me to come home to America in March, to give a report at a mission conference in Kentucky. Although I was excited about the opportunity to present on what God was doing in Kenya, I couldn’t help but yearn for the day that I could go home and see the man the Lord was awakening my heart to. I left Kenya on March 14th, with full intentions of coming back in May. Once I got home, I soon got engaged and set a date for a December wedding, for when I returned home next.
It became very clear that the Lord had yet another change in “my plans.” Thomas and I joked for a couple days about the irrational idea of extending my stay and planning a wedding in two months. That irrational joke quickly became a reality as we prayerfully considered God’s plan for us. I am thankful that the Lord’s ways are so much higher than my ways. Thomas and I got married on May 26th, 2018. We spent a couple months working and saving money, before coming to Kenya together.
We are now both here in Mombasa, working at the school. Neither of us are teaching yet, as the school is finishing up the 2018 school year, this month. We are busy checking on children in the sponsorship program and preparing for the school library to open in January. There is a lot of work to be done, but we are slowly making progress each day.
The Lord is continuing to bless the church and school here, in Mombasa. We have heard testimonies of several souls being saved. Students, teachers, staff, family and community members are coming to the school mission, hearing the Gospel and being saved. We are preparing for a baptism next Sunday.
Please pray for us as we try to work for the Lord every day, in any way that He may have us to. The school building still has parts left unfinished, that Tom Olonde is working tirelessly to finish. Thomas and the librarian, Joseph are spending hours every day, tediously covering and cataloging a couple thousand books, for the library. We even have students volunteering to help on their break time. Sarah and many teachers and staff are working to feed and educate hundreds of children. It is the greatest honor to work for the Lord and He has given each of us here a work to do. Many try everything to experience I life of pleasure and adventure. Over and over, I have found it to be true, that the greatest adventure comes with a life lived for the Lord.