Growing up I participated in every public speaking activity that I could and presenting projects was something I always looked forward to. During my mission trip to Kiu, Kenya a couple of weeks ago, our team leader suggested that I, not only speak at church in Kenya, but also in front of their "Crusade"- something about that was so paralyzing. I wasn't just gonna talk about world issues, a book report or my personal opinions- I was going talk about something much deeper and important. Nothing seemed more intimidating then having to talk to a crowd about something that changes lives. I honestly knew I couldn't do it yet, God trusted me to share His word in this community. This experience for me was nothing but proof of the things that are possible with Him. He has such a way of calling us out of our comfort zones to use us in ways that we can't even image. If you would of asked me months ago if I even thought about standing in front of an African crowd to share God's word, I would laughed and called you crazy.
"My ways are higher than your ways, and my thoughts are higher than your thoughts." Isaiah 55:9
The message that God laid on my heart that day was about fear and the danger in comfort. For many Kenyans in these types of communities seeing/meeting a white or American person is something out of this world and such a unique expirience, such a symbol of hope. I shared that comfort had kept me from coming sooner and fear would have never allowed me to come, if I let it take over. It would have robbed me of the love that I now and forever will share with this community. The bible tells us "do not fear" 365 times- that's once for every single day of the year.
After the crusade they asked us to pick a song of worship from America... I'll never forget standing in front of these incredible people with a microphone held to my iPhone while it played "Jesus at the Center". Such a humbling & beautiful moment I'll absolutely never forget. Whether it's in Gainesville Ga, or Kiu, Kenya it was breathtaking to see and feel the same Love from the same amazing, God as he pours blessing onto all his people African & American.
It was equally amazing to hear from a team member that came last year say that this year's crowd had double in size from last year! This is only one of the many incredible moments that I was blessed with in Kenya. God was defiantly at work throughout this trip!