My name is Julia and this is my story.
I was born and raised in Abilene, Texas, and went on to attend Texas A&M University. I married my prince charming, Robert, and became mommy to my little loves, Caedmon and Malakai. We were on the sweet path to success, with Robert climbing the corporate ladder in construction management. Yet we were missing something.
That something was God’s calling on our lives. We started pleading with Him for direction and purpose, how to raise our boys, and what He wanted from us specifically. And He answered.
He showed us His heart for the people of Maai Mahiu, Kenya, Africa. More specifically, he aligned our hearts with the vision of Naomi’s Village, a children’s home purposed to raise up a generation of Kenyans to undo the orphan crisis within the nations borders.
We won’t claim to know what we’re doing. We don’t necessarily feel qualified for the work we are about to dive into. We simply believe that God is as big as He says He is.
Robert will primarily be overseeing the construction of Cornerstone Preparatory Academy. I will still be wife and mommy, and will also help coordinate the many teams that come through the Naomi’s Village Guesthouse. These are the roles that have been revealed to us for the time being, although they are sure to change and grow.
We will live in Kijabe, Kenya, a mission station located about 20-30 minutes from Naomi’s Village. Yes, we will have a house with running water and electricity, even Internet! Think rural America, just with monkeys and a completely different culture.
The primary reason for this blog is to give those who are interested a glimpse into this incredible journey. We don’t know what it will look like, as we’ve never done this before. What we do know is that it will be full of joy unexplainable, heartache deeper than we’ve experienced, and vision and purpose orchestrated by the God of the nations.
It is for His glory that we walk this path. It is His love and affection that we feel for these people. And if He cares for these little ones, how much more should we?
“Is not this the fast that I choose:
to loose the bonds of wickedness,
to undo the straps of the yoke,
to let the oppressed go free,
and to break every yoke?
Is it not to share your bread with the hungry
and bring the homeless poor into your house;
when you see the naked, to cover him,
and not to hide yourself from your own flesh?
Then shall your light break forth like the dawn,
and your healing shall spring up speedily;
your righteousness shall go before you;
the glory of the Lord shall be your rear guard.
Then you shall call, and the Lord will answer;
you shall cry, and he will say, ‘Here I am.’
If you take away the yoke from your midst,
the pointing of the finger, and speaking wickedness,
if you pour yourself out for the hungry
and satisfy the desire of the afflicted,
then shall your light rise in the darkness
and your gloom be as the noonday.
And the Lord will guide you continually
and satisfy your desire in scorched places
and make your bones strong;
and you shall be like a watered garden,
like a spring of water,
whose waters do not fail.
And your ancient ruins shall be rebuilt;
you shall raise up the foundations of many generations;
you shall be called the repairer of the breach,
the restorer of streets to dwell in.