““You don’t have enough faith,” Jesus told them. “I tell you the truth, if you had faith even as small as a mustard seed, you could say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it would move. Nothing would be impossible. ”" -Matthew 17:20
After over 5 incredibly full, soul stirring and yet beautifully life changing weeks of working in the rocky city of Mwanza Tanzania at Forever Angels baby home, God has revealed marching orders and an invitation for me. Many of you have been asking when I think I may be returning and what God may be revealing at this point in time. Well, a stirring and prayerful thought which was present not long after arriving at the baby home, has developed and been confirmed. I have been asked to step in and forward and have been propelled to investigate the holy discontentment which I have been provoked by and is still clamoring at my heart. At this time, it is safe to say that I will be aiming to stay here until the end of August to begin to do just that.
"God loves us, seeks us, pursues us, longs to bring us into His kingdom. And when we choose to be found, to turn from sin and enter into His loving embrace, He welcomes us into His kingdom and fellowship with great celebration. Here is the central truth of God’s pursuit of us: We love because He first loved us." - 1 John 4:19
I am currently following a lofty vision and assignment to continue to invest in the future of 8, 5-7 year old boys who thirst and are eager to know God's love as well as are a group the Lord has directed me to take consideration and ear to the prompting of focus their way. These particular children are currently at least 3-4 years beyond the age that the baby home is set up to care for. It is planned for them to attend another local orphanage close by any day. Currently the children by God's grace and provision of this home have necessities, a bed and are loved, however as many orphanages with dozens of children, have a lack of spiritual guidance they desire, lack of family structure, lack of equipping for the future and mostly, the lack of outreach to find homes for them in hopes they won't have to stay in an institution for the rest of their adolescent life. Moreover, often in orphanages and children's homes a huge gap is seen in and lack of intentional training, equipping and resources to care for those with special needs. In this situation imperticular with 3 boys with disabilities in mind who will be transferring to the new home, are currently becoming more delayed by the day due to the chaotic environment they are in and overall quality care past basic accommodating is at an all time high. We can't save or help all or any really, that only God can, and this new children's home is providing much more than most would or will ever have an opportunity in here in Tanzania, but thankfully I am reminded of Jesus who was the best teacher in relaying the value of the one and that it is the one that matters to go back for. In this situation it is the 8. They matter. My role as a co heir of Christ matters. Their life matters as and so does my obedience to play my part. Their future and their destiny are at hand and this is why I am not content to move on thinking they will be better off than most and forgetting that their growth on holistic levels are important and at risk. This time I can't and have been asked to not just walk away. I am called to seek a greater understanding of how that potential is possible and what role I can partner in and fill. At that green light and go I knew there was no room for second questioning or time to be wasted.
"Many people owe the grandeur of their lives to their tremendous difficulties."- Charles H. Spurgeon
Now with the opportunity of advocacy set before me for these kids and those the outreach will too affect, their best interest and care holistically are the focus to the next steps at the time as I continue to invest in the children at the baby home, as well as lead Thursday bible study while connecting and networking with a handful of other experienced individuals, organizations and social officers who can share wisdom, guidance and resources to add to and illuminate potential next steps in partnering in the lives of these kids. My conviction and desire is to not giving in to simply setteling with the reality that these 8 young boys will have live in an institution for another 10-12 years without the implementation of critical foundations, intentions, holistic provisions and quality care, where they would likely continue to be accommodated over invested in. After entering into their life and hearing their stories of survival, strength and resilience and being a recipient of their love, leaving these boys behind with out attempting to pursue best for their well being or be a voice on their behalf is just not an option. Learning the system and making contact with their future home is of most and primary pursuit and priority.
In Hebrews 11:27, we read that Moses "persevered because he saw him who is invisible."
The continuing and remaining time serving here in Mwanza will only be possible with the support of those who would like to continue to invest in these special lives that are at hand and heart. If you would like to partner with me in further investing at this critical time in these young boys well being and destiny through prayer and or financial support, please feel free to connect with me via email for more details on specific prayer requests or follow the link at the top or bottom the the page to donate to Missionary 1. Your investment and belief are appreciated and partnership rippled to this end of the world.
The world says that "seeing is believing," but God wants us to believe in order to see. The psalmist said, "I would have despaired unless I had believed that I would see the goodness of the LORD in the land of the living" (Ps 27:13)
"Faith is believing what we do not see, and the reward for this kind of faith is to see what we believe."-Saint Augustine
Mungu ni mwema. Mungu ni uwezo. God is good. God is able!