PAUSING TO CELEBRATE
|Seated from the right, Bishop Langat, President Uhuru Kenyatta, VP Ruto - Can you find John?|
A very late Christmas outing with our friends and workers Peris and Robert and their families, turned into a birthday celebration for Robert’s first-born daughter, and a graduation from college party for Peris’s son Abednego. Milestones to celebrate as we contemplate God’s goodness in their lives.
A Kenyan tradition we have been deeply touched by is the practice of visiting friends who are grieving. Since returning from the States in January, multiple groups of Tabitha leaders and friends have visited Linda to share her grief, and encourage her to trust in the Lord in the aftermath of losing her dad the end of December. Visitors come not only with words of encouragement and prayers, but also with gifts from their hearts and homes – sugar, flour, vegetables, beans, cloth, eggs, fruit…. Their love is palpable and sincerely appreciated.
Linda misses her dad. Besides loving all of us so well, he was our most faithful prayer warrior over the years. She misses her regular phone calls with him, where he would delight in the stories of answered prayer in individual lives, or in progress in projects we were involved in. We would swap stories, Dad sharing God-conversations with people he shared life with in Nebraska, or God-sightings in our family or in his church. His deep faith in God being at work, even in the hard times, encouraged us so often. What a legacy he leaves us with. We thank God for his 95 years, and his alertness and faith to the end of his earthly life.
PAUSING TO ENCOURAGE