As a way to ring in the new year today and to start 2019 with some news of hope, I wanted to share some good news from our students’ 18th annual mission trip. Children of the Kingdom had a follow-up mission trip before Christmas between December 19th- 21st to Kekuto Village where they planted a church last year in December 2017. Kekuto Village is approximately 83 kilometers from Lodwar town. It is situated in Loima sub-county, the western part of Turkana County. On arrival to the village, they were greeted by the community with a very warm welcome of dancing and shouts of joy. The area chief was among the welcomers.
The team hosted an open air revival meeting, they showed the Jesus film, they donated clothes, and they also went house to house in groups of four to share the gospel. Over 700 people came to the meetings our students hosted, and they visited over 130 people in their homes. They got to be a part of God’s work of bringing over 100 people into His kingdom as they have been faithful to share the hope they have in Christ. Our mission is to share God’s love with children in need to equip them to be servants in the kingdom. They are definitely living this out and exemplifying the verse from 1 Thessalonians 2:8: “Because we loved you so much, we were delighted to share with you not only the gospel of God but our lives as well.”
Paraphrase of John 1:12-13:
“For anyone who says yes to Jesus
For anyone who believes what Jesus said
For anyone who will just reach out to take it
Then God will give them this wonderful gift:
To be born into
A whole new life
To be who they really are
Who God made them to be-
Their own true selves-
May you be reminded that you are invited into this good news afresh in 2019 and may you experience hope and freedom as His beloved child.
"God of promise and hope and renewal,
God of love and joy and life.
Plant seeds of light within us.
Let them emerge from the darkness,
like the sun rising with the dawn,
giving new life,
where none seemed possible.
Newness is on its way.
Your Word, spoken from without,
Now flames within.
Your light birthed,
in the darkest places of our world,
and the hidden cracks of our souls.
Let the brightness of your Son shine,
In us, through us, around us.
Let your Spirit nourish and grow it,
until wholeness pushes up
through the broken surface of things,
and green shoots emerge
with the promise of life and hope and truth."
HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!