And he said, “With what can we compare the kingdom of God, or what parable shall we use for it? It is like a grain of mustard seed, which, when sown on the ground, is the smallest of all the seeds on earth, yet when it is sown it grows up and becomes larger than all the garden plants and puts out large branches, so that the birds of the air can make nests in its shade.” ~ Mark 4:30-32 ESV
As I looked back over the past almost 3 years since we started this ministry, I noticed some significant moments of success, but none like the one I want to report today. When Becky and I started this, we weren’t sure what it would look like or how it was going to take off. Both of us were pretty clueless to the magnitude God is now leading us.
At first, we just wanted a forum to get our trips and projects out to our family, friends and social networking. Months and trips had past, but we really didn’t have anything to show for the work God called us to do. Being naïve, we felt there had to be legal and governmental affirmation in place before we could truly be validated in this work.
Shortly after my last trip to Kenya, December 2010, while corresponding with my friend from Kenya, who now heads up the project, he shared a great need where 5 widows & 14 orphans would starve without his help. He was very reluctant to speak to me about this matter because too often Kenyans, even in ministry, seem to always beg for money from US missionaries, I know his heart. I shared this with Becky and immediately she said, WE NEED TO TAKE CARE OF THOSE BABIES.
In February, we began to set aside something to help Lawrence care for those widows and orphans. It’s wasn’t much, but it was “what was in our hand” and we began to sow seed into the lives of the “least of these”. Shortly after we stepped out in faith, we shared this need with one of our advisors who agreed to partner with us each month in this project. By April, we took on 5 more widows and 5 more orphans, bringing us to 10 widows and 19 orphans total.
Our budget isn’t enough to feed them steak & potatoes, but more than enough to at least keep their stomachs from being empty. Our heart has always been to feed them first, and help them build sustainable income, by providing micro loans to start a small business, where they would tithe back to the local church & ministry. We gave 2 of the widows startup capital to purchase material for a vegetable stand in the village center where they could sell crops they’ve grown.
I am pleased to announce both widows have been very successful in their endeavors, and are officially self sustaining and caring for their families. Additionally, we have picked up another partner to help us rescue more widows and orphans in Kenya from poverty. God is faithful to His word and our faith. Although this seemed like the smallest of seeds…it has grown up to become larger than I could have imagined.
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