Thursday, November 14, 2013
Wow…what a summer. It seems like time has flown away once again. God has done so much in and through us during the past six months I hardly know what to say. It seems like it was just a few days ago when God started the process of sending the Kelly’s to work as full time missionaries in Kenya. He has seen them, and us, through the work He started and today the Kelly’s are fully engaged in the ministry work He is doing in Kenya. I feel blessed to have been a small part in what God is doing with the Kelly’s and what He is doing in Africa. I hope all of you feel blessed by this as well. Nothing would be possible without God and much would be infinitely more difficult without the work and contribution you all made to seeing God’s plan through to the end.
So the Kelly clan is finally in their home in Nairobi. The Publish 4 All system has been delivered and they are learning to operate the system to provide materials that will be used for furthering the Kingdom. What an amazing journey this has been for them. Between the travel adventures, the housing adventures, vehicles and all the rest I know God has great plans for them and the work He has for them in Kenya will yield great results.
Who would have guessed the airport would burn down while they were in transit? Who would have known that the guest house they had booked wouldn't be available? Who would have imagined their household goods would arrive three weeks ahead of schedule and create so many storage challenges? Finally, which of us would even think it remotely possible the office for issuing visas to remain in Kenya would be arbitrarily closed for over four months? I’m sure God knew all this would happen and He provided for the Kelly’s each step of the way. I have always heard where there is great truth there will be great opposition. I know God has great plans for them because of the opposition they had to deal with just to get there.
I would also like to say a special thanks the Living Hope Missions Committee. Bob Wigman, Joel and Laura Bosacki, Brian and Heather Marchant and Elizabeth Mosupye all went the extra mile to serve the body of Christ by being part of God’s plan for missions and supporting the Kelly’s. I am excited to have the opportunity to continue to work with a group of people who have an amazing heart for God.
This has been an amazing time in our church but, as Pastor Jerry says, the best is yet to come. I believe God has only just begun to use the church to impact our community and the world. I believe the Kelly’s were just one part of God’s amazing plan for LHC. The young adults at LHC are going strong and forming a growing body within the church. I believe this group will do amazing things in the weeks to come. The youth group continues to be strong and the possibilities of growing youth and young adults group are truly exciting. There are new ministry and service opportunities all the time and there will continue to be missions opportunities.
This Sunday, November 17th, we will start a cross cultural servanthood Sunday School class. This will be a great chance to learn more about being a servant in our church, our community and in the world. On Ben Hurst, a missionary assistant with the Assemblies of God, will be speaking to the young adults on November 23rd and the Sunday School class on November 24th.
Please continue to pray for the Kelly’s our church and our leaders. I am excited about all God has done and will continue to do through us and the prayers of His people.