We have now been in Kenya for two and a half days-- a country where Feed the Children has a strong presence through its work in the slums, with orphans and also in villages too. I shared a devotion with the entire Kenya staff of over 200 folks, toured the Feed the Children center, spent the night at a group home for the disabled, had "church" at a orphanage for abandoned elephants, dined with staff and much more! In response of seeking to take it all in, I am overwhelmed with thanksgiving.
We have met children without parents from babies to teens who have grabbed onto our legs and haven't wanted to let us go.
We have met caregivers of children who have welcomed Kevin and I with hearts full of love and support for the ministry that lies ahead.
We have met administrative staff who have blown us away with their commitment to love the under served.
We have met drivers who have with care driven us from place to place in an unfamiliar city and told us stories about their heart warming experiences with the children too.
We have met young men with learning and physical challenges that have delighted in our company not because we did anything special other than stop and spent time with them.
We have met folks of all kinds connected to the Feed the Children family who have made the distance between stranger and friend seem so very small.
In all of these things, we found ourselves on holy ground. Tears have flowed. God's spirit has been present. We have nothing to offer back except "thank you." There is no better feeling than to be in this kind of joy.
Kevin and I thank God for our calling to be here this week and for all the ways that this opportunity connects us to our larger human family. More blessing reports to come, I am sure. But for now before my unpredictable WiFi connection goes away, I will sign out in gratitude. Be well wherever you are!