Being Called

“A calling is sturdy. I don’t have to protect it. I don’t need to be afraid of not getting every step right. Obviously, we need to be faithful to what’s revealed in Scripture, but we need to trust the Holy Spirit. If a calling is from God, it’s not up to us to make it happen.” – Tish Harrison. Why Tish Harrison Gave Up on Being a ‘Good Church Kid’. Christianity Today.

There are things that are hard to explain. I find it hard to explain why we are going to Africa when there is a large part of me that does not want to go. I look at my friends and my family and I think to myself “They have got it right. Stay home in your own culture and make a difference where you are from.” I look at jobs in the US in great places to live, and I think “It would be so cool to live there!” I see that my kids are happy in the United States, and I wonder “Why am I making my kids move again?” But when I think about staying I cannot feel settled. Something here will seem so perfect, but it will not seem right. I was talking to my friend Matt about it, barely expressing something I cannot understand in myself. I wondered aloud to him that I see people’s lives and I think they are great and meaningful and worthy of respect. And I wonder why I cannot have that life which I think is possibly a better use of my own personality and gifts. Why can I not stay, when I want to stay? Matt answered simply “It’s because you are called. You have a calling.” I knew he was right; but I want my calling to be an intense desire to do something. At times it is. Sometimes I feel the fire in my belly to go. But much of the time it is an unsettled feeling that I cannot do anything else except keep moving in the direction God has pointed us. And I think it is alright. I do not see in the history of the Bible that every person called by God was skipping in eagerness to the work set before them. In fact, many (most?) times it is the opposite. But they did not stop because they knew the truth of what God had called them to do. And I know it too. God has called me to serve the poor and the hurting through medicine. He has called me to share the gospel through compassion. And I go despite myself, eyes wide open, praying for God to give me strength to do the work he has given me to do. Please pray for us to be faithful and to live up to the calling we have received.

Come Sunday

Bring a Friend

This Sunday is our last planned get together in Dallas. Please come if you can! We would like to see you. If you know people who would be interested in knowing more about what we are doing or who are interested in missions in general, please feel bring to bring them. We are always happy to meet more people and make new friends.

Date:  May 21 from  3:30 PM to 5:30 PM
Location:  The home of David and Carol Smith, 5914 Bent Trail, Dallas, TX 75248

We hope to see you!

Support Information

We get questions sometimes about how to send support for our work in Kenya, so I thought I should lay it out clearly. We are thankful for our supporters. You are in our hearts and minds more than you may realize.

If you are interested in contributing to our work at Kijabe Mission Hospital and Rift Valley Academy you can donate in two ways. The first is through a written check to:

Christian Health Service Corps
P.O. Box 132
Fruitvale, TX 75127
Designate account # 103 on the “memo” line

or

Go to the following link to donate online
https://secure.acceptiva.com/?cst=4f65bc

A Reminder

Just a reminder that these upcoming two weekends and again toward the end of May we will be having a few reunions to say “Hello” and “Thank you”. They will all be come and go as you please. We just want to see you! We can talk about what has been going on in Peru, and we can explain what we will be doing in Kenya. Here are the dates and information.

Date:  April 30 from 3:30 PM to 5:30 PM
Location:  The home of Ruth Caire, 1224 Cloverdale Drive, Richardson, TX 75080

Date:  May 6 from 3:30 PM to 5:30 PM
Location: The home of Matt and Michelle Murphy, 278 English Oaks Circle, Boerne, TX 78006

Date:  May 21 from  3:30 PM to 5:30 PM
Location:  The home of David and Carol Smith, 5914 Bent Trail, Dallas, TX 75248

We hope to see you at one of these events!

God provides again

For the past few weeks I have been telling anyone who would listen about how God gave us a house and furniture in Kijabe within a week of the email confirming our decision to go. We had been dreading moving into an unfurnished apartment then waiting on a house to open up, maybe even moving twice before settling into a “permanent” home. We know, too, from Peru, how tiring it is to run around to stores you’ve never been in, in an unfamiliar culture, trying to buy everything you need for your house. And you have to do it right away. Not fun.

But, God graciously provided a home on station where the Cook family is living now. It has been a joy to get to know them and a huge help to receive their honest words of wisdom about living in Kijabe. They are going to sell us all their household goods, including a Kitchen Aid mixer, a big yellow lab to keep the monkeys away, all the apparatus necessary for working the brick pizza oven, and eight hens.

Will had the Cooks’ blog up the other night on this page: 10 on the 10th, Sweet Home (click the link to see pictures!) and I was struck by the similarity of their story. Since Kijabe is an old mission station, it is wonderful to imagine all the people who have lived in Flamingo House. (It seems like all the houses have bird names?) Missionaries who have gone through culture shock in this house, who have poured out their lives for the suffering, who have rejoiced in a sunrise, who have enjoyed meals together, who have discovered something real about God and about themselves, who have danced and worshiped and experienced victory. Pretty amazing.

Let’s Get Together

We want to see you! And to that purpose we are going to have a few reunions in the coming months. Look at the following dates, and please feel free to attend any of them. They will all be come and go as you please. We just want to see you! We can talk about what has been going on in Peru, and we can explain what we will be doing in Kenya. Here are the dates and information.

Date:  April 30 from 3:30 PM to 5:30 PM
Location:  The home of Ruth Caire, 1224 Cloverdale Drive, Richardson, TX 75080

Date:  May 6
Location: Boerne, TX (we still have some details to work out on this one)

Date:  May 21 from  3:30 PM to 5:30 PM
Location:  The home of David and Carol Smith, 5914 Bent Trail, Dallas, TX 75248

We hope to see you at one of these events!