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on 10 years. . .

on 10 years. . .

On July 17th, 2013, we landed in Kenya for the first time and David wrote this post . It seems a life time ago. . .but I love that David wrote that we felt on Day 1 that we were on the verge of something big. . .

Recently, we were asked to talk at the Samaritan’s Purse mid year Restore conference for the current post residents, and we had a bizarre sense of de ja vu as it seemed only yesterday we were in their place at the same conference, having just started our life in Kijabe.

Gail asked us to talk about life and ministry, which was daunting in it’s breadth – but here is what we came up with . . .10 (11) lessons learned in 10 years and a few of my favorite quotations. These simple phrases came with stories, but for this post, we will leave a bit of the mystery for our next conversation. . .

No one can sleep while believing she needs to keep the world spinning. But real rest comes when we thank God that we don’t need to, because he does. Thus we kneel by the bed and place the period of God’s mercy and care for us at the end of the day.

-justin whitmel earley

Be at work gilding these long heartbreaks with the advent of new joys, good friendships, true fellowships, unexpected delights
– Every Moment Holy

Push  for relationships that are deep, transformative, and just – allowing these efforts to alter our worldview, deepen our sense of connectedness, and inspire us toward a generosity that seeks to make all things right.
-Austin Channing Brown

Grace is the gift that in some miraculous and perplexing way, smiles at our abysmal efforts and says, “I’ll take it from here, all the way home.”
 – lori hetteen

Nothing that is worth doing can be achieved in our lifetime; therefore we must be saved by hope.

Nothing which is true or beautiful or good makes complete sense in any immediate context of history; therefore we must be saved by faith

Nothing we do, however virtuous, can be accomplished alone; therefore ,we are saved by love

No virtuous act is quite as virtuous from the standpoint of our friend or foe as it is from our standpoint, therefore we must be saved by the final form of love, which is forgiveness.

– Reinhold Niebuhr