Rest and Preparation

As I went to bed last night at 8:30, I knew I’d never stay asleep past 3 a.m. In fact, I woke up at 2 a.m. I used the time to finish yesterday’s blog. Then I got another hour or two of sleep before breakfast.

Today is meant to be a day of rest and recovery from jet lag. The only item on the agenda was a tour of the premises here at Echoes of Mercy. There are several buildings in various stages of completion. A large and beautiful hospital has been built. It was sponsored by Casting Crowns, the Christian musicians. Though the building is complete, the hospital is not yet operational. Pastor Moses wants all of the money necessary to keep the hospital staffed and stocked before opening, as he doesn’t wish to open for a few weeks only to have to close. Then there is Echoes of Mercy Church, which during the week provides additional classroom space for Echoes of Mercy School. We are staying in a fully functional 3-BR mission house, and another is half complete next door. The downstairs rooms are set up to accommodate mission teams, with lots of bunk beds in the sleeping areas. The upstairs has only the brick skeleton. More money is needed to complete the building. There are a few small two-room structures to house various people in the ministry here. And there are also a few utility buildings for storage, the well house, etc. All of this on roughly six acres, and all built in the past six years.

Then Pastor Moses showed us two tracts of land he hopes to purchase for Echoes of Mercy. One is rich, fertile farmland. If he can add this tract, it will enable them to grow much of their own food and also to train the children in more modern agricultural practices. The second tract is where he hopes to locate an orphanage. It was interesting to hear him explain the building of the school before the orphanage. It comes down to prioritizing the future. By providing top-notch education, they expect 200 of their 320 students to go to college and become leaders, and then to invest in the ongoing work here. If they had built the orphanage first, they would have reached a much smaller number of children, some of who would already be HIV positive, and the trajectory of their futures is simply not as promising. They care deeply for these children and want to minister to them, but having a real impact in Kenya requires these kinds of hard, real-world choices.

My afternoon will be spent reading and finalizing lesson plans for tomorrow and Friday. I already know the effects that sixteen hours straight of teaching will have. Physically and emotionally, I will be drained. Spiritually, I will be so fulfilled. It may be something of a paradox, but it is a sensation that I wish for everyone I love, to find complete satisfaction in doing what I believe God designed me and put me here on earth to do.

gkr1996 posted at 2017-10-12 Category: Kenya 2017