Monday, February 20, 2012

my heart hurts

today, several of my friends are getting on a plane headed for Nairobi, Kenya, and I wish I was going with them. last year, I had the opportunity to travel to Kenya with Student Life and Compassion and see firsthand what Compassion does to release children from poverty in Jesus' name. the work that they are doing there (and all over the world) is phenomenal.

I would love to go back, even if I had to cover a whole house in cow dung...

what you can't see are the tears streaming down my face from the smell...

repairing the manata with cow dung
...and would love to spend the day with these women in the Massai land.
learning beadwork from the Massai women

I had the opportunity to meet Vicky, the sweet girl that I sponsor through Compassion. I blogged about it here last year. after talking to her and hearing her story, I know I'll never be the same.

spending time with Vicky

the last two summers, I've been able to spend time with Kenyan college students who are graduates of the Compassion program. their friendship, encouragement, stories and love have deeply impacted my life. these friends are dear to my heart.

batting cages with Seleina, Stella and Nelly

at one of the Compassion offices with Seleina and Stella

one of my dear friends, Maureen, is also serving in her home country as the Executive Director of the Mercy House, which is a maternity home for women. they have rescued mothers out of the slums and poverty to take care of them during and after their pregnancy. I have skyped with Maureen several times and had the opportunity to see some of the girls and their babies. precious.

with Maureen
both of these ministries are well worth your time and involvement. I pray that the Lord would give me opportunity to go back to Kenya, but in the meantime, I want to be a voice for those who are there. if you're interested in information about either ministry, please let me know. I would love to get you connected with the right people.

for just $38 a month, YOU can make a difference in the life of a child.

consider sponsoring a child through Compassion today.