Go big or stay home

“Father, this task is too big for us to do alone. There are too many ways for us to mess this up and fail. Thank you that we’re not alone. Thank you for going before us.”

I wrote this in my journal on June 16, about 4 weeks after we returned from Kenya. God had confirmed our direction while there, and we were now home preparing to move back. We had so much to plan and think about, people to contact, and decisions to make. And we were feeling the weight of it all.

Were we really going to pack up our 2 small boys, sell everything, and move to Kenya in 6 months? That was crazy.

But God began to speak to us. He started to reveal that what we were about to do was a little crazy. Some people would think we were being hasty. Others may question whether or not we heard correctly. And this was not the first time God invited people into a situation like that.

Noah (Genesis 6) built an ark nowhere near water before there was ever any rain. And you can bet that he was questioned, mocked, and ostracized. But Noah continued to “do all that the LORD had commanded him.”

The story of Jericho (Joshua 6) is another example of how people can look crazy doing what God has asked them to do. March around a fortified city silently for 6 days, and then on the 7th shout and the city will be yours? That makes no sense. Yet, they did exactly as God had told them, “and they captured the city.”

Now, go invest in a children’s home in a poor trucker town of Kenya that is ravaged with prostitution, AIDS, and a lack of hope. Invest in these kids far beyond their basic needs, giving them an identity in Christ, and prepare them to change their own nation. And then when I show you a greater vision, go build a school, so that other kids can have the same opportunities. And it’s not just about the kids. Empower the men and women who work at Naomi’s Village to change their trajectory. Gift elderly grandma’s with donkey carts of their own so that they can make a living for themselves, while bettering the areas where they live. And don’t stop there. Focus on a sustainable water source, agricultural development, and a birthright resource that can be engineered to provide a commodity to the world at large.

This is the environment we’re going to be part of. This is the vision God has given Bob and Julie Mendonsa, the founders of Naomi’s Village. This is not just Robert and Julia moving to Kenya to help build a school. This is God-sized.


A view of Naomi’s Village (red-roofed buildings)

NV from highway

Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen.

Ephesians 3:20-21



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