"And God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work."
2 Corinthians 9:8
This has been a hard week. I went from having a great attitude about the future to wondering how we will ever make it through another transition. I went from sitting in trust with an expectant heart to sitting in hopelessness and focusing on self-pity while looking toward the future.
We had a meeting this week to discuss where we will go after our teaching is finished at RVA (in two weeks!). As we have been looking ahead to this next transition, I continue to be reminded of how much God has provided in this last "displacement" period. Remembering how abundantly God has taken care of us has helped me have hope as we look to what is next. I heard a quote this week that said, "As we look back in faithfulness, we can look forward in hope." Amen! As I look back and see the faithfulness of God, His above and beyond provision, I am able to look forward in hope- knowing and trusting that He will provide yet again.
Here are a few of the many ways God has provided abundantly in this season:
When we first evacuated, we had several people in Kenya and in the States arranging our details for when we arrived on ground. We were just told when to show up where. They scheduled plane tickets, hotels, food, etc. It was such a blessing! We also had a family we had met at a Missionary training last year welcome us into their home with open arms. They allowed us to stay in their home for a total of a couple weeks and provided us with everything we needed (and AMAZING food!). Our community has gone above and beyond to take care of us in this time!
If you have to be displaced somewhere, it's a huge bonus if that place ends up being beautiful. Kenya is beautiful! We have had the privilege of seeing beautiful animals and wildlife in Kenya. It has been so uplifting to come close to God's creation and see more of His creativity.
God knows me so well. He knows my heart for teaching and love for children (because He put both of those things in me). Although teaching Kindergarten has been tiring, it has brought me so much joy in this hard season! These kiddos are creative, silly, hilarious and fun. They constantly keep me on my toes and always (well, almost always ;)) bring a huge smile to my face. I'm so grateful for the blessing of Kindergarteners in this season!
God has provided ways for us to stay in touch with our friend in Mundri while we have had to be out of the country. We have been able to contact them by phone regularly. He even allowed Bishop and Paul to visit from Mundri. We were able to connect with them and hear more about how everyone was doing.
These are just a few of the many ways God has shown us His abundant provision. He has also done this through faithful supporters who have stuck with us even when we didn't know exactly what our plans were. He has provided through many friends, supporters and family members who have sent encouraging e-mails and reminded us of God's faithfulness when we were discouraged. He even allowed us to receive several packages while we have been here. These have come at just the right time and brought so much joy on hard days.
As I recount God's abundant provision, I look forward with hope. Hope that He will provide yet again. Hope that He loves us and will always take care of us- even during long years of transitions and unknowns. Grateful for God's amazing provision and love today.