09 February 2009

Broken walls and those called to repair them...

Lucky us, we just got our hands on Kevin Kirkland's new book- Broken Walls and those called to repair them. I just sat down for the past hour, skimming through it and occationally reading a few pages or more at a time. It is as incredible and inspiring as I thought it'd be. Actually more than that. Kevin is the founder and president of Katalyst ministries. They are who originally sent us out to Kenya. Us as in another young woman, Julie, and I. It's almost been four years since I first went to Kenya. Katalyst also was the ones to help us get the kids in the orphanage we were originally in, sponsored. We no longer do a sponsorship program for them for various reasons that could take a long time to explain. But all that to say, Kevin has been there from day one in our journey to Kenya. He believed in us even when it seemed crazy sending two 20 yr old girls to a place in Kenya he had never been. Kevin also got Bud over there as well. (he's good at those things!) He is an incredible leader and follower of Jesus and I HIGHLY recommend finding a way to get your hands on this book. It will challenge you beyond measure so beware! You can find it on amazon.com or if you live in San Angelo, there are different places to buy it such as Hastings, Sugar Bakers, Patty's Party and Gifts and maybe a few others.

Kevin gives a description in short of the book saying "After a decade of working with the young people and children of the next generation of Americans, I have discovered that we are in desperate need of change. I have cried myself to sleep many nights with the brokenness and spiritual desperation of today's children on my mind. This book is the cry of my heart. A cry for the adults of our country to come to the resuce of our children. A cry for the repentance, revival, renewal, and the rebuilding of the spiritual walls that lie in pieces at the feet of our children. It is time for those of us who have been called to lead to step to the forefront of the fight for souls of the next generation in our country. Will you join me in repairing the broken walls?"

He ends the book with a powerful scripture from Isaiah 58:9-12. Then you will call, and the LORD will answer; you will cry for help, and He will say: Here am I. "if you do away with the yoke of oppression, with the pointing finger and malicious talk, if you spend yourselves in behalf of the hungry and satisfy the needs of the oppressed, then your light will rise in the darkness, and your night will become like the noonday. The LORD will guide you always; He will satisfy your needs in a sun-scorched landand will strengthen your frame. You will be like a well-watered garden, like a spring whose waters never fail. Your people will rebuild the ancient ruins and will raise up the age-old foundation; you will be called Repairer of Broken Walls.
What a powerful word! Just as there is a desperate need for the restoration of the family in America, there is as well for Kenya. We take this challenge to Kenya with us to be part of repairing broken walls.


Dalene said...

wow, i'll have to get a hold of that. i felt something rise up in me as i read what kevin wrote, and then again in the scripture. hmmm....direction, oh Lord!

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