About four months ago Justin and I tried to have a baby, for a month. We thought, at the time, that was what God had planned next for our lives. About a month after trying we both felt God telling us to do something else right now. Our church takes mission trips every year to Segera, Kenya. I had been wanting to go for a while and Justin did too but it wasn't until we both prayed about it that we felt that was truly our next step in our walk with God.
So, in September, we both put in our applications for the trip. I checked my email everyday hoping to hear back. Finally on October 26th I got my acceptance email!! Justin got his last week and now we are taking a HUGE leap of faith. We put down our deposit (which we only had by a gift from God) and are thrilled to be going on a mission trip to Kenya August 2-11th in 2012!!!!
Here is a little bit about what we will be doing in Kenya:
Our church, NewSpring, partners with The 410 Bridge. We'll be going to communities around Segera - a rural, dusty town approximately 3.5 hours north of Nairobi. In Segera, we'll work with the Kenyan people to make a difference in their community and therefore change their country and make a difference in the Kingdom. -taken from an excerpt here.
Some of the projects that groups have worked on in the past are repairing roofs and digging ditches, and putting up fences. We will be working with the Kenyan people on whatever project we do and will be spreading the word of God!
When I said we are taking a leap of faith, I mean that! The overall cost of the trip for both Justin and me is $7000, not including passports and shots. We plan to raise this money through fundraisers, saving, and donations. We are truly putting this in God's hands and know that if this is something we are called to do then God will provide in some amazing ways!! Justin is planning an athletic fundraiser and I am planning on holding a yard sale selling donated items.
If you feel like this is something you want to contribute towards whether through prayer or donation, we would greatly appreciate it! Jenn at Munchkin Land Designs created a donation button for my blog. (She is awesome, btw!) It's at the top, by my header, and if you just click on it you can donate to our Kenya savings fund through PayPal. ALL funds will be put towards getting us to Kenya. We will be accepting donations until June 17th, 2012.
If you'd like to keep up with how we are doing and what awesome things God is doing in our lives to help us reach our goal, please like our Facebook page, Kenya on our hearts.
We are SO excited about this trip and cannot wait to see what God has in store for us in Kenya! I just know it will change our lives for the better and help others get to know Jesus!!
“...and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” —Acts 1:8
photos shared with permission from a friend who went on the trip last year.