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.


Kathryn said…
Hi! Found your blog through Kelly's Korner ministry link up!

I love your heart for Africa. Many days I feel my heart is in Uganda!

I have followed a bit of the Mercy House journey through Kirsten at We Are That Family!

Also, I have a friend that is attending seminary (mainly online this semester) in New Orleans.

Be blessed :)
Mindy said…
Hello there! Found you through Kelly's Korner.
LOVED reading this post and seeing your love for Africa!
That is awesome.
Great to meet you.
Love the design of your blog
Hey! Found you through the KK link up.

What a great post! I have been on a few trips to Colombia, so I know how it feels when you are so connected to another place.

My hubby went to NOBTS and one of his best friends is a professor there! :)

Can't wait to read more!
Laura said…
I'm glad to have found your blog! I would love to go to Kenya someday. :) My husband and I are planning on moving to the 10/40 window somewhere in 5 years, but not sure where yet. But for now, we are right where He wants us reaching students in Denver for Jesus. Glad to meet a new sister with a passion for the Lord.
Alyssa said…
Well hello! How funny that you sometimes find people you actually know on these link-ups! Excited to follow your blog and catch up on your life!!
hollie marie said…
This is a wonderful testimony! Our church is in the planning/action phases of taking a trip to Mombasa this summer! Thanks for sharing!
Kallie said…
I found your blog through Kelly's Korner! I have heard of Compassion now over the past year through the blogging community. I have really felt led to help in such a way and reading your blog, made my husband and I, consider it every further this weekend and we went ahead and sponsored a little 4 year old boy from Indonesia through Compassion. We are so excited and hope to one day meet our sponsored child like you did. Thank you for the wonderful blog post and for giving us that final push into sponsoring! God Bless you!
Tesha said…
Hi I am from Kelly's link up. I love that you said in your about me that you want to change the world for Jesus have such passion that I am sure you have and you will!
We are a church plant in Venice beach CA. I wrote a post about what that is like if you want to check it out. This link up is fun!
Mary Margaret said…
thank you all SO much for your sweet comments! I'm about to be back to blogging... I'm in my last semester of grad school, and I feel like all I do is type :) I can't wait to check out your blogs!!
AnnieBlogs said…
I heart Compassion. You wrote about it so beautifully. Thank you for sharing!

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