With each passing day, our hearts are being claimed more and more by the people of this land. And even though Satan puts up roadblocks, as Joseph said to his brothers, “what you have intended for harm, God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives.” (Gen 50:20) Our God will not be overcome!
A rough, four-wheeling, 90-minute drive to a remote village took us to see Teresiah’s family. You will remember her from Oloomirani School yesterday. They welcomed us with warm greetings and served us tea in their hut. (pictured: father, mother, grandmother and 3 siblings)
In preparing for our trip, we knew we were going to be doing interviews and taking pictures of girls that had been sponsored for secondary school and are now in college or already finished with their degree. Today, what was a list of names and grades quickly became sisters and stories that have left our hearts filled to overflowing with emotions and forever changed. We began with 6 young women, ages 18-25, a Cellinah’s younger sister and 2 moms sitting shyly in a small room in plastic lawn chairs. They were polite & incredibly soft-spoken, sitting quietly while we set up the room. But one by one as they came in front of the camera, their passion and personality emerged to reveal their intelligence, character and heart.
From them, the Maasai people will gain a nurse, a nurse practitioner, a civil engineer, a social worker, 2 teachers and a clinical health specialist. The two mothers shown in this picture risked everything they had to send their daughters to school. They are the pillars of this group. Look at all their faces…these women are bravery, determination and intelligence. They love God and they love their people. Every one of them wanted to come today to say thank you for helping them make a better life for themselves and their families. We praise God for shrinking our world so we can know our sisters from Kenya!
Tomorrow, we will reunite with the Madoya group as they travel down here. We are looking forward to spending the rest of the time with them and sharing stories about the way God continues to work all things “for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives.”
WRITER: Zan Lyons
Zan is on staff at Connection Pointe and serves as Program Manager on the Community Impact Team. This trip to Kenya is Zan’s first international mission trip.