Shared by Cindy May and Andrea Thiele
Nyakambene, a modern day Boy’s Town.
While the burden of Nyakambene appears to be heavy, once picked up, we realize it is no burden at all. It is pure joy! The Hollies and Neil Diamond had it right. “He ain’t heavy. He’s my brother!” I didn’t realize that song had part of its origins in Boy’s Town. “He ain’t heavy Mister—he’s m’ brother!”
Ah, I pray for all of us today, that we would despise the fear that grips our hearts and take hold of the joy that stands before us in Nyakambene.
5/20 Update from Drea–while visiting Nyakambene with Cyrus and crew today.
Today was a long…but great day. We traveled to Nyakembene to meet with the children, tell stories, share a short sermon, have a feeding program, and pass out some clothes.
This was a hard day. The kids there are so desperate and poor. Most only get 1 meal, if that, per day. All of their clothes are worn to nothing, holes and falling off. They are in such need of Jesus and much need of food.
When you have food every day and you know where your next meal is coming from, it is so easy to rest in that confidence. But when you have nothing, with no promise of anything more, you are hopeless.
When we passed out the supplies today, you could see the urgency in everyone’s faces. The children crowded, pushed and shoved and fought, to get their food, although there was enough for everyone. The are not assured their next meal, so this one is very important, as it may be their last.
The children there are much different then the loved kids here in Kisii. They don’t have that look in their eyes that they are well cared for, secure, loved. They look like they are longing, suffering, angry, hopeless, and restless.
Just as we were once separate from God, outside the gate, dying without hope, so are these people of Kenya. They need to know they are loved, wanted, important, remembered…they need to know there is a God in heaven who loves and cares for their every need! How? How will they know??
WE ARE THE REMEDY! If we follow Jesus…the only way to display his love is by ACTION! The whole world is waiting…the whole earth is crying out and longing for the love of Jesus to come to touch them. We need to be the hands and feet of Christ, we are their hope, we are their security! Through the power of Jesus Christ in you and me…we can spread hope to a desperate world. Don’t let it overwhelm you, just take the first step of faith, Jesus will give you the courage to do the rest.
As I sit here typing this, I can hear the kids outside singing, “Praise the Lord, Hallelujah!” This is what our God is worthy of. This kind of praise. As quoted by John Piper, “Missions exist because worship doesn’t.”