There's a Samburu Girl Who Needs Jesus

There is a tiny Samburu girl who needs to know how much Jesus loves her. She is precious in my eyes and in the eyes of our heavenly Father. But she doesn’t seem to know this. I remember her from our times bringing church to a neighboring village. Her 4-year-old face looked tired and lost. Alone, though in a crowd of children. “I see you,” I’d say in my heart. Then I’d pray someday she would know how much Jesus loves her. I’d pray she’d come to know His saving grace.

The truth is, this little girl has a hard life ahead of her. And from the look on her young face, she already knows what that’s like. But Christ brings hope to the hardest situations. He brings freedom from fear and comfort in our greatest hurts. He gives eternal life in exchange for eternal damnation. I want this little girl to know this. She’s heard it now from our teaching, but she’s so young and needs regular contact with believers to hear more about God. Her brothers and sisters need this good news. Her parents do. Her community does. The Samburu tribe traditionally is animistic, believing that spirits live in rocks and trees. Many don’t know the true God. This neighboring village has no church, other than the ministry team the AIC church of Ngurunit has been able to send. And we’ve had the privilege of being a small part of this work, alongside another missionary family and Kenyan believers who share this passion for bringing the good news of Jesus Christ to people who need to hear it.

God is at work in mighty ways to bring people from every corner of the globe to saving faith in Him. Revelation 7:9-10 gives us a look into what heaven is like.

“After this I looked, and behold, a great multitude that no one could number, from every nation, from all tribes and peoples and languages, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed in white robes, with palm branches in their hands, and crying out with a loud voice, ‘Salvation belongs to our God who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb!’”

The Samburu will be one of the tribes represented in heaven as we stand and worship the Eternal God who ransomed our souls. We are humbled that God is choosing us to be a part of this incredible plan. We know there are others more equipped than us, and we struggled through an incredibly difficult first term. But God is healing our family and strengthening us for the task ahead. We are laying our lives at His feet asking Him to simply use us however He should choose. And we praise Him for allowing us to be a part of the greatest calling on earth; leading others to saving faith in Christ.

We’re living in Kenya to help lead others to Christ. Our days are spent loving and serving the church and the community. Devotions happen every work day morning, Bible studies are taught, we visit friends, and help people with medical crises. We drive the ministry team to a nearby village each Sunday and help with road repairs. Meals are made and our kids are homeschooled. Building projects are started and finished or paused when someone drops by for help. The work we’re doing takes time. It takes time to cultivate relationships in which you can be trusted with something so monumental as a change of life direction and eternal destiny. That’s why we’re there for the long haul.

But we are just the face of the Kejr team in Kenya; the boots on the ground. Our ministry is made of many parts. We have people who intercede for us in prayer. Prayers that sustained us during our first term and prayers that are inviting God’s continued provision for all our needs. We also have people who partner with us financially. Those who sacrifice to enable us to do the work God has called us to. Those called to life and ministry in the states but are a vital part of what God is doing thousands of miles away in Kenya. We quite literally could not do our ministry without these partners. We are so thankful for those who are already a part of our team. We’re thankful God is moving and we’re gaining more supporters! But we’re still very undersupported. Our November timeline might not work at the rate our support is coming in. We are praying for more people to join our team and hold us up as we live and work in Kenya.

We are so ready to return to the work God has called us to. There’s a little girl who needs to know how much Jesus loves her and many others who have not yet heard of salvation in Christ. Our family is ready to go back and the kids keep asking when that will be. Yet God has also given us contentment and is helping us trust His perfect timing and His perfect method of bringing people to our team. We are truly at peace while waiting eagerly to return to Kenya. Have you prayed about being a part of our team in some way? 

In Christ, 
Melodie, Kevin and kids

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