I have been back home from Kenya for a week now, and it has been a busy week as I caught up on my work here. My week was complicated by a computer malfunction that dragged on for most of the week. I am pleased to report that I spent much of Saturday reformatting and then restoring my software and data, and things are pretty much back to normal. I was reminded once again how dependent my life and work are upon my computer. Fortunately, I had a backup only a few days old that I could use to restore things as they were.
I was busy day and night in Kenya, which is indicative of the thirst in Kenya for the purpose message. I cannot explain why that hunger to know purpose there is so strong; I can only attribute it to the work of God in the hearts of the people. While I was there, I did six one-on-one sessions, profiled a group of new employees at a company for which I consult, had a group employee session at that company, went on a safari in the Samburu region, did a radio show with my friend Tina, spoke before a group of purpose seekers, and visited our ministry partners in Banana, Bomet, Kaberia, and Donnholm. All in all, I estimate I sat in the back seat of an SUV for about 30 hours during my ten-day stay.
While I found our partners to be encouraged in the Lord, I saw that almost all were going through serious personal issues: marriage challenges, sick parents living with them, financial crises, ministry problems, children growing up, and other personal trauma. It was almost overwhelming as I sat and listened to their tales of woe and pain. I was impressed by their faith in the midst of all they were going through, but I hurt with them and could only encourage them and pray.
I had the sense while I was there that I am to spend some additional time in Kenya in 2017 beyond my group trip in March and my annual personal visit in October. I am not sure how that will work out, but I accepted a ministry engagement for April, and I will look to spend additional time there prior to their August elections.
I was able to distribute some much-needed financial relief to all our partners, and they were grateful beyond words. I want to thank you for your prayers and contributions during my time in Kenya. The next project is to ship the container of supplies, books, shoes, bikes, and office equipment to the Kenya before the end of the year. Tomorrow I will start the process by announcing my intent to ship, and the company and our Kenya contacts will initiate the paperwork. This is a faith venture, but I have the funds to at least ship, and we will trust the Lord for the rest we will need when it clears customs.
The needs at the orphanages and schools is as great as ever and I need your help to continue helping to meet those needs. I try to be careful that our partners will never see us as their source, but will always keep their focus on the Lord as their Provider. Yet, I know God has used you and me to meet those needs, and we must be faithful to play the role He has for us.
You can contribute toward their needs using PayPal on my website or by sending a check to PurposeQuest, PO Box 8882, Pittsburgh, PA 15221-0882. I have a sense that some reader is considering a large gift toward the ministry, and i can only say the words to that person that Jesus said at the Last Supper: "What ye do, do quickly!" I promise when your gift comes in, whether small or large, that every penny will go toward the work of alleviating the suffering of the poor in Kenya.
Be watching Facebook in the coming weeks as I post more pictures and videos from this last trip. Thank you again for making it possible to be a blessing to those who needed it.