Monday, September 7, 2009

Thanks NYquil, for having the reverse effect on me. . . .

What in the world--most people take Nyquil and are knocked out for the next 3 days and I take it and feel (for the first time in my entire life) the intense desire to surrender all plans of sleeping and begin training for a marathon ASAP. Ooooh man. It is times like these that I wish I had a trampoline in my room (a lifetime dream that will one day be fulfilled)... or anywhere. I would run to Kentucky if it meant I could get a good tramp jump in.

Do they have trampolines in Kenya? This could be a deal breaker if the answer is no. . .

Sunday, September 6, 2009

Announcing my move to Kenya...

Hi friends!!

I am going to (attempt to) cut to the chase because we all know how I am prone to ramble when given a blank sheet of paper. :) As you all know by now, the precious people of Kenya have had my heart since I first met them in 2007. God has used my experiences and relationships with them to give me a greater picture of His love, character, and grace than I ever imagined I would be able to see on this side of glory. I am so thankful that during my most recent time in Kenya, God revealed the undeniable truth to me that KENYA is where He wants me for now… that is all I know.

I do not know many details of the whos, the whats, the whens, the how longs, the wheres, the hows, or the whys—but we are told to live by faith, not by sight, right? :) He has been so sweet to me by reassuring me day after day that this is His will for me right now and through my absolute surrender to Him and His plans, whatever they entail, His glory will be revealed! Since I first saw a glimpse of what it looks like to receive His love and to be the living expression of this great Love to others, I have been begging Him to use every ounce of me for His purposes--loving those He puts in my path with all He has given me for that day.

Please save my heart the unwanted pride of thinking I am anyone or anything besides a surrendered instrument of His grace (the clay in His hands) who is seeking to bring God the honor and glory He deserves during this short time I am here on earth. I do not view myself as a missionary and ask that you not either; I am just someone who is seeking to do the will of the Lord (His will for ALL of us) in the place that He wants me, for now. I do not feel like His call to care for the poor, weak, orphaned, sick, destitute, widowed is a calling uniquely my own. I strongly believe that His call to care for these people is His will for every single one of us, though we will do this in various arenas, manners, and locations. He has broken my heart time and time again for my brothers and sisters in Kenya and I cannot even put into words how humbled and honored I am to for another opportunity to be His hands and feet among the people there. I pray that Jesus sweetly breaks your heart, too, for the people you are surrounded by that need His love just as much.

Again, I do not know many details yet—but I will keep you posted as things progress. It seems the earliest I will leave will be February 2010, due to some prior commitments/family things (i.e. births and weddings) going on between now and then. I really covet your prayers as I move forward in what I can only describe as ‘radical obedience’ to His will. I cannot thank you enough for the love and support you’ve already shown me and I ask that it continue, if not increase :), during this exciting new step in my life.

Soooo, that is all… just wanted to invite you guys to be a part of what the Lord is doing in my life right now. If you want to know more-ask questions-tell me you think I am crazy-come with me! :) -or anything else… please do!!! I think I might write in a blog if you want to keep up with that.

www.ramblations.blogspot.com

Nakupenda sana sana sana sana! (Love you very very very very much!),

Annie


"...and if you spend yourselves in behalf of the hungry and satisfy the needs of the oppressed, your light will rise in the darkness..." ~Isaiah 58:10