22 November 2014

Nyumbani mpya (a new home) part 1

Hi y'all, long time again! Without wasting time, grab some coffee (or tea... Or chocolate....) and let us share with you a few updates from this side of the world....

I'll jump right into the biggest news for our little fam lately. Over the past year God has really been moving in our hearts to move out on site to the Mattaw Children's Village site. We've been renting a house in a neighborhood closer to town for the past 7 1/2 years. 

We started our marriage there, have raised our kids as babies and preschoolers there and hosted many friends and family there. It was a beautiful and homey place that we have endless memories in.  I cherish them deeply. For us, we felt there was much wisdom in establishing Mattaw and the current families living there, without us living there first. It helped to empower them rather than depending on us for everything. They've done excellent in forming families out of children once orphaned or abandoned.  Children that had no parents and no relatives that wanted them, now do. It's only something God can do!  He truly places the lonely in family just as His word promises. 

Part of our long term vision for Mattaw is to expand and have a full and flourishing branch that stems from our current site. This branch would be for babies and a girls home. They will be on the same plot but two different compounds. We currently have a small baby home called Sprouts at the current Mattaw Children's home. We have brought in five precious little treasures in the last year. We also have a girls rescue home on its own compound away from Mattaw. This home is called Kimbilio meaning "refuge". We rent this site currently. When the new land is bought, we will transfer the home to the new site. We currently are at max capacity for the house they live in. We've had 15 girls placed in our care so far. This home is for girls that have endured so much abuse and neglect that they needed a place of refuge of their own where they could heal and have their childhood restored.  Most of our Mattaw children have pretty wretched backgrounds but these girls are even worse. If I could tell ya, I would!  But to protect them, we do not post their faces and limit information on their stories. But I can tell you what God has to say about them....

More stories to come on this :). 

With all that said, in order to develop the current Mattaw site to the place we fully desire it to be and to strengthen what's already established, we felt it was best to move there for a period of time before expanding. Once new land is bought and the new branch started, we plan to have our own separate compound and home on that site to help oversee it. This will be in another region from where we currently are. We also wanted to be able to travel to Turkana more often to keep doing ministry we started there. Having our own compound to maintain and rent to pay was limiting that. We also desired to put the funds going into rent and such, to be put into the many needs we have at mattaw. (More on this too and ways you can help!)

So back to this new move :). 

We prayed, God said move and we did. Ok, so it wasn't that simple. Bud was ready and it was easier for him. For me, I grew up a daughter to a (American) football coach.  This means you move. A lot. I had about 10 different cheerleading outfits that my grandma made for each team I would cheer for in my younger years. I'm thankful for moving often because it helped me to learn to adjust to new people and places easily. I'm such a nomad at heart. But this was the first home I've lived in longer than two years. SO ironic is would happen on the mission field. It was great and needed for a time but it was very clear God was directing us to move. He was oh so sweet and gentle in the ways he moved my heart to say yes and obey.  Delight yourself in The Lord and he really will give you the desires of your heart so that they align with his proposes. I was able to grieve and let it go and move on fully in my heart. So it wasn't easy but, wow, so worth it. We moved a little over two weeks ago. Once getting in our new home, there's not much I can say to describe the depths of my heart except there's so much peace. I did not at all expect to feel so much peace. I didn't actually have much expectations but once settling in, peace flooded in. Our family out here has welcomed us. We really longed to live with them more as we continue to grow together. I couldn't of asked for cuter neighbors, that's for sure!  

So that's the short version :). Here's our new home. 

And our dogs are adjusting well too and making new friends :). 

I'm in the midst of typing up the story of our newest two Sprouts babies and want to share more there ASAP. We are currently updating our website and getting a few more ducks in a row when it comes to admin (not my strong suit but praise God for supernatural abilities and for sending us people who enjoy it!).  

Here's updated pics of our babies, to hold ya over until I can share more :). 

And here's Moses. Or lil' mo as I like to call him and then he gives me this big smile. Last month he was hospitalized, had a feeding tube and honestly, did not look good. Like we had to pray resurrection life in Jesus' name because he looked as if death could happen at any moment. Praise our God who heals. He had fully recovered and well, this pic taken a few days ago will tell the rest...

I'll close for now. Please know we are so very thankful for those that continue to follow our journey, who love and support us, who pray for us often. Our hearts are grateful for those God has led to us to help rebuild lives once forgotten, so that they would be leaders that transform nations. You know who you are, we love you deeply. 

05 September 2014

Lift Him UP

Well lo and behold, we haven't completely dropped of the planet! Although we have felt it sometimes due to us being off far into a rural village or because our internet has been out.  All good though. Where to even start....

It's rainy season here which means everything is green and lush, a lot of red mud to deal with whether that's in clothes or having vehicles stuck in it, power outages and what feels like fall weather.  And as always, one of our kids discovers the mud puddles outside our back door....

(photo props goes to the dad who, instead of frantically throwing him in the bath upon finding him, he instead grabs the camera to capture this mud baby)

We're so humbled by the amount of goodness and mercy we've seen in our midst because of Jesus' massive love.  I feel I always have so much to share and so little internet time to do it.  I still have stories to share about the trip to Congo I took a few months back.  It's hard to hear or see the word Congo without so much emotion coming up of joy and intercession for the people we met.  So much hope for a beautiful nation that's been at war for years.   But more on this later :).

A few weeks ago we took a trip up into the Turkana desert.  It was a nice break from the rain as it's super hot and dusty there.  It was one of the best trips so far. This trip we had our first mission team from Mattaw.  Yes, FROM Mattaw.  Not a team that went TO Mattaw.  It was beautiful!  We took three of our house dads, three of our older girls that are leaders, our three sons (originally from Turkana), our three white kiddos and then us three white adults, Bud, Rebecca and myself.  Three was quite the theme!  And not to mention, the Father, Jesus and Holy spirit went before us, was with us and was our rear guard.  We loaded up two of our Land Cruisers and a trailer and traveled on one of the craziest roads for hours into the desert.  About 3/4 of the way there and we had a massive breakdown on one of the vehicles.  It was clearly a way to keep us from getting to our destination and fulfilling all God had put in our hearts to do.  At that point, nothing was stopping this group of radical world changers.  They were on a mission!  So we looked around as it looked like we were stranded in the middle of nowhere, and instead of getting discouraged and going back, we circled up and sought out direction on what to do from God.  God is so faithful and gave us the next step.  We had already crossed the border into Turkana and felt we were to not leave the region.  While our awesome driver and mechanic worked to get the vehicle fixed and back to Kitale and our Land Rover came to switch out, we all went and set up camp in a nearby national park.  We wouldn't of made it to our final destination in time before it turns dark and gets a bit more sketchy safety wise.  The guys built the tents and the girls helped make dinner over the fire.  We spent time in worship and prayer that night in great expectation of what we would do the next day. The next day we traveled about 3 or more hours to get to the village we felt we were to go love on.

We got there and after greeting the family that was our main contact, a crowd quickly formed and we started sharing life and encouragement with them.  It was a beautiful site to see our dads, sons and girls share and minister.  No greater joy.  The response was beautiful as many accepted the gospel, many were in need of prayer for various things and so many hearts touched.  It was the most fruit we had seen being there just one day. One of the most powerful stories was seeing a woman that had a curse on her and her land and she was completely set free.  At one point all three of our girls labored over her in prayer and this women was so sick, our girls thought she was dying.  Within about an hour, the woman was able to walk again and we were laughing together over God's goodness.

It's one of my favorite places in the world.  As we worshipped in the land, my heart was overwhelmed with looking across the place and getting a glance at how much Jesus so loves this people group.

Back in January, one of our dearest family friends and co-laborer in this, Lauren, came for a week visit.  We took her to Turkana for her first time and during that time also had seen many hearts turn to God and many lives touched.  While there, I snapped a picture of her that I haven't gotten out of my mind because it goes with so much of what God keeps speaking.

It's so common here that children will come running at you with no fear at all, asking "give me sweetie! give me sweetie!".  (They call candy a sweetie) A sweetie to me in this picture represents us lifting up the name of Jesus and if we will give the undiluted gospel of His Kingdom, then people will jump up to grab it unashamedly just as a child in the desert pushes and shoves to do what they can to get candy.

 In everything we do, we must lift Him higher.  In every area of life, He must be lifted up.  How incredible is it that He would choose us to be His messengers on this earth to tell and show people who He is?!  And His word promises us that when we lift Him up, He will draw people to Him.  And we've seen it over it and over.

And that's what we saw this last trip.  When it came time for prayer, all wanted it and they got a little pushy wanting to be prayed on next.  When the fire of God falls and hearts are open, there's a passion that rises up that wants nothing else but His presence, they want nothing else but a touch from Jesus.  And what an honor it is to witness people ask for Jesus and for Him to meet them where they are.

So often, there's a song that'll go right with what He is speaking.  Enjoy :).....

(and P.S.  HAPPY BIRTHDAY to Lauren from all of us here!  and thank you for teaching us this revelation above.  you've taught it more in action than word, although you've done both, but your actions speak loud.  Love you!)

06 July 2014

Created for this.

I’ve signed my blog posts for years with “created for this”.  Here’s a bit why, for those of you  who might be new.  I grew up feeling a void of knowing what was I truly created for.  Why was I here?  A question God places in all of us.  It was a deep longing for me to know.  I wasn’t sure what little me could offer to such an incredible God that I was created by.  What could I do to even begin to honor him.  And to live for Jesus after all he has done for us.  Wow, all that Jesus has done for us.  Whoa.  Selah.

The more I would meet Him face to face in my teen years, the more the hunger grew until I knew there had to be something so far beyond myself that I would use my life for the sake of His name.  There were times of stumbling through the dark and him graciously picking me up and other times Him bringing the rod as a father to whip me into shape.  Either way, I’m thankful for the journey.  I’m thankful for the grace to keep taking steps, sometimes leaps and often blind jumps and trusting Papa God.  I would get the big picture then it would fade and I would live an average mundane life.  That is not what we were created for!  Then the fire would come and I couldn’t ignore what I thought was just my desire but indeed it was His Spirit stirring deep.  I’ve shared about the encounter I had at 16, face to face with Jesus in my bedroom, with this deep intense passion to spend the rest of my life loving women and children in the jungles of Congo.  That night it lit a fiery passion that never went away.  He births dreams in our hearts that we can not let go of but trust Him and keep saying yes.  Keep the dreams alive by not doubting, not giving up, always trusting.  

Although I had this burning desire to get to the nation of Congo and share this epic love that Jesus had shown me, I realized that wasn’t my destination in life.  That would come one day and I was still fiery about it but it wasn’t the only thing in life I was created for.  He began to grow in me a passion for missions, for the nations, specifically all of Africa, and I was sent to Kenya.  The day I arrived in Kenya in June of 2005, was a day I will NEVER forget.  It was one of those life changing days where I knew that I knew I was right where I was created to be.  But... I had found before moving to Africa, that what I was created for first wasn’t a place or a mission.  What I was created for was his love, glory, his name and to walk daily in Him and Him in me.  It is about walking out the kingdom daily.  Loving and serving wherever you are.  Yes, He can often put a specific place and nation on our heart but we are called to go into all the world.  It’s every nation and tribe.  It's across your street.  Its the person checking you out at the store, the grandmother feeling lonely next door or the man living under the bridge.  But we are first called into His arms, into His fierce love.  He created us for HIM.  One look into His eyes of love and you will never be the same.  Arriving in Kenya to some of the most beautiful children singing to us and welcoming us with arms wide open and knowing I was created for relationship with our Papa God and created to fulfill a destiny and call on my life, was where "created for this" came from.  It was forever etched in my heart that I finally knew so deeply and personally that.  And out of that we find the people, places, good works, anointings, callings, destinies and purposes that we were created for.  And as we walk in knowing we were created for HIM, He also always wants us deeper in Him.  There's always more!  Just like in the story of Ezekial 43:3-7.  Where God took him from the shores into the deep waters.  We are to jump into the flow of Holy Spirit and not just splash around on the shoreline but be fully submerged!  Religion wants you parked ankle deep, where it is God’s minimum.  Spurgeon once said “Some Christians sail their boat in such low spiritual waters that the keel scrapes on the gravel all the way to heaven, instead of being carried on a floodtide”.  We can’t just survive but we are called to thrive and be more than conquerers.  We need to get in the boat, go deep and not come out when the storms come.  He brings enough peace to rest and sleep IN the boat when needed.  And we don't want to let the oil of his presence run dry.  And then the fire doesn’t die.  I’m preaching to myself here.

SO... about this journey to Congo.

One step of faith at a time and 14 years later, I ended up in this beautiful nation of Congo.  GOD IS SO FAITHFUL!  I was wrecked the moment I saw the sign declaring we were there.  And the overwhelming feeling of what a privilege to go.  Finally. 

I met up with one incredible team from Burn 24/7 whom we had met and prepped through emails and a few skype dates.  Made friends for life.  We all flew into Rwanda then we bused it to the border of Rwanda and Congo.  I went in knowing I would learn from Jesus along the way and learn from the congolese we would meet and for sure learn from the Justice Rising team.  We were a team of worshipers and the main mission was to worship everywhere we went, bringing his presence into some of the most wrecked villages due to war.  We went in to be part of what Justice Rising is doing.  It was a privilege to see first hand what this organization is doing.  (justicerising.com)  Rebuilding communities and restoring children affected by war.  We spoke in churches, did a few conferences, played and loved on children, many children, visited Justice Rising schools, visited hospitals to pray and love those there and one of best parts was visiting Kalembe.  This is a remote village that has seen war for over two decades and currently had the most peace they have in a long time.  It’s one of the most beautiful places on earth.  It’s been since December that war was there and we are hopeful that it will be lasting peace from heaven.  There are so many stories and testimonies I look forward to sharing.  But in short, we worshipped the King in the midst of a war zone.  What a privilege it was!

It definitely was a dream come true and my heart was beyond overflowing the more I was there.  It was a life changing event.  And I am completely smitten by the nation, to say the least :).  The people, the land, everything is beautiful.  The air was tense for sure.  You pass an invisible border into Congo and can feel a shift in the atmosphere.  But oh my goodness, when you get a view from heaven on what God’s heart is for that nation, there’s so much hope, so much beauty.  The statistics are unreal and heart wrenching about all the injustices but justice from heaven brings a whole new way of life for people that have been affected by war.  Knowing a whole generation of kids have grown up knowing nothing but war and have seen family and friends killed was hard going in.  But their smiles and how quick they were to accept love and kindness proved again that we are all called to have faith like children regardless of our past.  

I look forward to also sharing the beautiful things going on within our Mattaw family here in Kenya.  Its astounding actually and all glory to God.  He deserves all the recognition and honor.  He is gracious for sure for all the work he’s doing in our midst.  We’ve had three teams so far and what a huge impact they’ve made.  We are so grateful for every small and big act of kindness.... new shoes, clothes, games, bible stories, a new library, storage building, just to name a few.  One of the most incredible updates I can give real quick is that my husband was led to start a 24/7 time of prayer and worship in the church at Mattaw while I was in Congo.  Our staff and children were fired up to be part of this.  I know part of the ease I faced being in Congo was because of the prayers that went up from 100 plus children and staff.  I was completely floored by it all and eternally grateful. I’ve started to sit in homes at Mattaw to hear testimonies of what took place at Mattaw and thrilled to hear more.  Healings, salvations, miracles.... It’s just life and what Jesus loves to do through his people.  
The journey now is to stay in that river, submerged, not swimming to shore.  I’m not sure what I thought, but I can tell you that the battle doesn’t end when leaving a mission.  We are always on a mission and need to always walk by the Spirit.  I was wrong to think I would just come home and swim to shore, and just lay out on the shore.  Yes, rest is important, I repeat, rest is vital!  But we can’t let our guard down and get out of the boat.  Stay in the boat and wether the storm with Jesus.  And yuck, our heart surfaces some pretty wretched stuff when we go through storms.  So he never stops transforming us in order for us to go deeper and walk into the more he has for us.  This is real talk here.  We’ve hit quite the storm in the last several days.  The joy of the Lord will be our strength.  I was weak and tired and wanted to retreat Saturday night but clearly heard “get up and go be with your family”.  So Sunday morning I wrangled the kids and off to Mattaw we went.  Church that morning was powerful and refreshing.  It was so evident that there had been 24/7 prayer and worship for 2 weeks.  And we are moving forward, not backing down when the enemy is trying to throw some hits.    Bud was with our fourth team that day and on the way to Kitale.  They had major vehicle break downs.  It took 12 hours for the team to arrive and what troopers they were!  And that too we overcame.  That morning we all prayed and worship and just welcomed the Lord and honored Him.  Again, saw worship bring heaven.  It brought peace in our midst.  It brought many healings for people battling various sicknesses.  It was a gorgeous site to see our children rise up to worship and pray.  

After praying for the vehicles that morning, we got word that they were on the road and moving!  One of our girls is in the hospital and it got real serious and emergency for awhile but she’s being healed and what is at work is coming to light.  She has pnumonia and is anemic.  There’s a few more tests to be done but she is being restored.  Pray for Mary!  The lists goes on with how many obstacles thrown our way but one thing is for sure, Jesus is King and still on the throne.  

I’ll be taking a break for a few weeks from blog writing to go stay put in that river.  But can’t wait to share more stories.  You can keep an eye out for Mattaw updates on the mattaw website.  Hey and be sure to check out Justice Rising!  Love them!  And they’re in need of help with school fees to get a group of boys into school that were extremely affected by war and this is one of the major steps to helping their life be restored with a hope and future.    

My heart in deep gratitude to my faithful Papa God who carried our team and I in and carried us out.

Massive thanks to the garden family, our home church, for interceding and praying for us... while bud held down the fort and oversaw teams and 24/7 prayer and worship and for the time I had my feet in Congo. 

Another major thanks to the rockstar husband I have for making this dream possible as well.

Much love and deepest thanks to everyone that is following our journey and praying.  I know the list goes on.    

13 June 2014

Fire and Oil

The truth I am continually reminded of is that we are to be burning ones.  That we were made to have the fire of God’s presence burning in us to the point that it is upon us and becomes a torch we take to the nations.  We are burning ones, sent out into the darkest places on the planet to bring the love and hope only found in Jesus.  Jesus Christ is the only one that can turn loss into gain, lack into abundance, negatives into positives, darkness into light, hate into love, bondage into freedom, failure into success, sickness into health, weakness into strength and evil into righteousness.  How are we burning and what are we burning for?  

Congo is five days away and everything in my core is burning to go.  That alone can only come from Jesus.  He is the one to set hearts apart and fire them up.  

“....He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire.” Matthew 3:11  

He doesn’t just give us a mission and mandate without the power of Holy Spirit.  

“Not by might, nor by power, but by My Spirit’ says the Lord of hosts. Zech 4:6

I just read from Reinhard Bonke that if we “Separate the commission from the enabling, then you either have power without purpose or purpose without power”.

And what a beautiful comfort to know He doesn’t just send us, but He goes with us and we go with Him!  

“Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you, even to the end of the age”  Matthew 28:20

Whew!  What a comfort.  Jesus is STILL with us... even to the end of the age.  That’s NOW!

So then I’m dwelling on all this and bam, it’s like a duh moment of him showing me a simple picture of a kerosene lamp which is a very common item to be used around here :).  We have several around our house for those rainy nights that often bring power outages.

In order to be burning and to be a light, we must have the oil (kerosene) constantly being poured in, to keep on burning.  The oil is His presence.  It is how He created us, to be in relationship with God and keep filling up with HIM.  His abiding presence.  (john 15-17)  (Also this is like the parable of the virgins in Matthew 25)

We can’t go out to a dying world empty handed.  We first must be so full of Jesus that the overflow is what we give out.  And the oil of His presence is what sets us ablaze.  That’s where passion and zeal are, in the fire.  I heard a song recently and not sure who is was or I’d be sure to reference them but I wrote down what it said.  

“God gives fire to his beloved.  Fire is what sets human life apart form all other life.  It’s God’s image and very nature in us.  We are living in fire.  You are walking, talking, fire carriers.  Jesus said you are the light of the world.  God wants to declare to you that it’s normal for you to be burning for God.  It’s the very energy of the creator of the world.  It’s what’s around his throne and it’s what’s burning in your heart.”

This oil and fire, it’s for us all but we must embrace it, we must embrace HIM.  It’s about Jesus.  He is the mission, He is the one who calls, equips, sets apart and sends out.  This isn’t for the faint of heart... and it also isn’t just for the wild ones sent to Africa.  It’s for ALL :).  So no excuses on where you are.  Get lit up by His presence today.  It just takes one encounter and believing that the fire never has to die down, He is faithful, you need only to believe.  

12 June 2014

Little travelers

About these little world travelers of ours...

We geared up to travel with three small children last week.  In the past, we have had some crazy dreadful moments.  I'm thankful for lessons learned!  And that our children have grown up a bit... aaaannnd that my husband and I have learned even more how to love each other in some intense crazy moments.  

We were so thankful to be able to make an overnight in London.  It helped tremendously in overcoming jetlag.  My husband was super on top of knowing when we should sleep and not and I'm so thankful we could conquer jet lag quickly for our whole family.  Legoland in London made a world of a difference!  We flew in during the early morning, dropped our bags at the hotel and hit the ground running at Legoland Windsor.  

I'm thankful for the great attitudes, although we did have some lows.  It was overall a great trip.  Being able to run the kids all over Legoland so they would crash at night and get a full night sleep before the second looong flight was super helpful.  And when I say hit the ground running, we really ran all over this place. 

Elisha and Claire as lego people!

We did let them nap once during the day and it was when we found this lego girl and knew Claire would want to see that we found her!

Ice cream was a must at one point to keep 'em goin ;)

"Everything is awesome"

I'm oh so happy to be on this journey with this crazy man of mine.  We threw the kids in this awesome new play area in the London airport and sat together sipping on our last taste of starbucks.  

Thankful to still be {crazy} and in {love} after the many travels, trials, mountains, valley's, floods, good, bad, ugly, fun and adventures.  Excited for what all God has in store for us ahead to walk in! 

11 June 2014

Home again, home again...

We are HOME!  I have found wherever I go, there I am.  So where I am, I am home.  We are to bring heaven on earth and heaven is our home.  So there are some places I can consider home here on earth!  Of course some places are a deeper sense of home and right now I'm in one of those places.  Are you followin along my thought process here?!

Reuniting with our family here has been even greater than I thought it'd be.  It always is.  To hear and see all the growth that has taken place in such a short time is only something our Father can do!  He is oh so faithful.

Snuggling our littlest Sprouts babies, my girls at the rescue home tackling me with hugs and dancing with the church fam out at the children's village this past Sunday are just a few highlights.  There have been a few heartaches to come back to but geeze, Jesus is so much bigger than any difficulty thrown our way.  I CHOOSE to see the victories in our midst and do a happy dance seeing all the fruitfulness coming out of here.  There's quite a difference in being ignorant of the heartaches, acting like all is well when it's not...  and then overcoming them and letting Jesus heal and Him giving eyes to see past them, not dwelling on the negative but seeing the good in everything.  He truly makes beautiful things out of any mess.  But there's a choosing of where you let your heart and mind dwell.  Selah.

My wazungu (white) children have popped right back in and are thriving.  I can't thank God enough for this.  Playing with the children, being back with their brothers, dancing at church, eating Kenyan food, drinking chai and helping feed babies.  It's so good to be back for us all.  Did I mention that yet?

Today we met with our core Kenyan leaders and wow.  So good to hear all that God is stirring in hearts as everyone is hungry for more of Jesus.  About to get a 24/7 prayer and worship session going in our church house.  Come, Jesus, come!

As it's now almost midnight and I'm bouncing around after a night of latte's and game night with our boys (to which I won at rummy cube, this mama had to show her boys whats up :) ).  I'm now needing to finish this quick with some pictures and get to bed.  Thank you all that continue to stand with us and pray for us.  You are treasured in our hearts.

It's been so fun to come back and see how settled and at home Rebecca is.  So cute to hear the littles call her "Daka" because they can't pronounce her name fully.  

At the airport, Rebecca surprised us with Ryan and Moses.  We had fun driving back to Kitale from Eldoret with two of our little loves.

Claire with baby Maria 

Ezra chowing down on some ugali and sukumawiki (kale).  The boy can throw down some food like a Kenyan kid does.  And that's quite the statement!

Listening to my girls sing and this precious miracle came to snuggle.  My heart literally bursted.      (yes, those are my awesome rain shoes. hello rainy season and goodbye fashion)

And this gal is going through a phase of only wanting those she's with everyday.  It's taken quite the warming back up to us.  At least she lets Claire hold her.

Moses on the other hand just loves anyone to hold him.  Happy boy.

And always a joy to see this Moses thriving.  Another one of our miracle babies.

02 June 2014

Lil Mo

Hey yall,

Well it's a whirlwind around here as we are organizing and packing everything up to head back to the other side of the big pond.  The best way I can put it into words about leaving is that we are beyond thrilled to leave and be back in our other home and with our Mattaw family but we are oh so sad to be apart from the family and friends here in San Angelo.  What an incredible time its been.  God is so faithful to do all He promised He would wile here.... nothing missing, nothing unfinished.  I love His ways!  Although sometimes super uncomfortable, His ways are ALWAYS worth it.  We were able to visit several different states where we shared our heart and vision.  Thank you all so much that loved us, hosted us, fed us (great food!!!), blessed Mattaw, encouraged and loved loved loved.  To all of those that we saw and all those that took time to listen to the testimonies, we are so grateful for you!

Our hearts are bubbling over especially with that deep real love that can only come from Jesus.  I'm especially ready to go snuggle a few of our littlest ones with that love.  The last post on here that I wrote was pretty heart wrenching so it's pretty necessary to share about another babe that's life is thriving now.  Since we left a few months ago, our full time volunteer remained in Kitale and helped mostly with our Sprouts' babies.  Can't wait to tackler her too ;-).  I know she has served and loved with all she has and I'm so ready to go grab a latte in town with her to hear even more of the testimonies in the past couple of months.  While here though, what a blessing for technology and getting updates and pictures.  I just had to share of God's goodness in one of the little lives.  One of the biggest miracle and testimonies of Jesus' healing power is in this precious treasure.  Little Moses (Lil Mo), is indeed a sign and wonder from Heaven.  About a month ago, we were told that he was loosing weight drastically and not eating well.  It was one thing after another and they were days away from him getting a feeding tube.  Praise God, healing came again and Lil Mo continues to be restored.  Not only is he gaining weight and the new feeding schedule and menu is helping but he's now baby talking and belly laughing.  He was almost just a blob and not doing or saying anything.  His laugh and smile is heaven on earth... for reals!

Here's Moses the first week we got him back in July last year

And here he is about a week ago!

Praise Jesus!

My children are also all ready to get back home to Kenya.  And when I say all my children, I'm so thrilled that Caleb is also getting to go back with us for the summer!  It's been two years since he's been back and we've been laughing at all the differences he's forgotten about to go back to.  It'll be so good to have all seven children back in our home.

More later.....

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