Coming to an End

It is hard to believe that in a little more than 2 weeks we will be returning back to the US for the foreseeable future. On one hand I am excited and on the other hand I am sad.

Last night was the Titchie Talent Night and I was reminded why I will miss this place. We so many of our kids perform using the gifts that God has given them. We have so much talent that will continue to grow and mature and be used to praise our Lord. The hearts of the kids was genuine and a blessing to many of us. Our 4th grade kids did a play based on Little Red Riding Hood, but Little Red Riding Hood rewrote her play before she was eaten and then thought about the other stories out there that needed to be rewritten. In the end she found out the problem with rewriting things and sent them back to their normal endings, but it was a good reminder that God has a plan for everyone of us. We may want to rewrite what He has planned for us, but His plan is better for us than our plan. We do not see the consequences of our plan until the end and than it is too late. If we stick with His plan than we will be ok. There may be some bumps in the road along the road still gets us to where we need to go and that is Heaven.

These past 2 weeks have been quite busy with packing, getting projects done and starting new projects. We are getting a lot of packing done. We have 8 pieces of luggage packed, weighed and ready to go. We keep finding things that need to come back with us, but we still have 7 pieces of luggage to pack. The hardest thing is to pack up your things, but still keep living at the same time. I am getting a bunch of old projects done, but also starting some new ones that will keep going once I leave. Grateful that we have some national staff who understand what we are doing and will be able to keep things going.

Do I really need that?

These past 2 weeks have been quite busy and ucky. This past week I have had a cold that turned into a sinus infection along with an outpatient surgery at the hospital. I have not felt like doing much, but have soldiered on as much as possible. Angela has been a great wife this past week allowing me to get some rest at good times. I am so blessed by her. Today I feel that things have turned the corner and am on the way to get better.

Friday night I was bored will Angela was watching a movie that she wanted to check out before we left. I hopped on Youtube to see what I could find and since I like destruction found some weird demolition derby videos. I was caught by the fact that we like to take things that still have value and get rid of them. Here in Kenya a car is usable until it can not be driven and even then they keep driving them. I wondered what our Kenyan brothers and sisters would think if they saw us taking good cars and destroying them. I thought of how they would think we are wasting such valuable items. Our society in the US is a throw a way society. Do you know how much food is thrown away in a years time in the US? We can not know for sure, but it is estimated to be about 40% of our food. That calculates to cost about $165 billion dollars each year wasted. Think of what we could do with both the food and money. We could really help reduce poverty and food shortages. Here is an article in the Washington Post on it. http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2012/08/22/how-food-actually-gets-wasted-in-the-united-states/ 

How are you and I wasting things that could be put to a good use. For me it is hard at this time as we are packing up to move back to the US, but I know that as I go thru things I would rather leave them here than bring them with me. I can very easily go somewhere to pick things up, but it is not very easy here. I have struggled quite a bit while we have been here with the thought of why did the Lord allow me to be so blessed to have what I want. After today’s message at RVA church I think I know part of the answer and that is to be a blessing to others. God has gifted me with money more than 90% of the rest of the inhabitants on this earth. I must use some of that to encourage them and help them see the grace the of God.

How are you impacting the world for Christ?