Currently chilling in Dublin Airport as it slowly comes to life, I do not know where the last year has gone. Training, essays and life in general have all just faded into the fog of the past. I am now excited, because I can finely focus on Kenya and this placement without having to worry about footnotes or full stops I can now look forward to learning from the ACK (Anglican Church Kenya) and seeing How God is building his kingdom through his church there. I realise how privileged I have been in the past to have been to Africa three times and taking in four different countries, one of the things that has been said in the past to me was it was great that people come out, but no one ever comes. God willing, I will be able to go back and visit friends, to see the same places again.
The day ahead will be a long one, but as long as everything goes to plan I should arrive in Nairobi for 8pm local time, to be meet by some of the mission partners out there. I cannot wait to put my feet on the group again, to be hit by the smells, the heat, the sounds and everything that is Africa. I love the ruggedness of it all, because in the simplicity of it there is something beautiful and real that we so often miss in the developed world.
Short term prayer request:
- would be travel, That I make it in one piece and all my luggage with me.
- the logistics of being out there would all work out.
- My Swahili – I have been practicing (rather badly) I would really love to honour God and the local people by being able to communicate well enough and not just expecting English from them.
- My own Faith and Quiet time – That my number one priority over everything else would be seeking God and knowing more of him, that I would not be too busy to study his word and enjoy his presence.
God is good and I am so excited to get back to Kenya and learn, I love travelling and every minute sitting here see the excitement overpowering the sheer tiredness I am currently feeling, I don’t sleep well on planes so It is going to be a long day! We had Maud Kells at Edenderry CE tonight, in short an inspiration and a reminder of what the Christian life should look like, she left us with this and I do the same:
The Lord Is My Shepherd
A Psalm of David.
23 The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.
2 He makes me lie down in green pastures.
He leads me beside still waters.
3 He restores my soul.
He leads me in paths of righteousness
for his name’s sake.
4 Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
I will fear no evil,
for you are with me;
your rod and your staff,
they comfort me.
5 You prepare a table before me
in the presence of my enemies;
you anoint my head with oil;
my cup overflows.
6 Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me
all the days of my life,
and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord
Peace out and God Bless
Safe travels and God bless you.
Looking forward to the next blog.
God bless you and protect you and may you be a blessing to Kenya. You will receive far more than you will give, so be open and expectant to what our marvellous Heavenly Father is doing in your life. Ian
God speed & traveling mercies.