Well, we feel like new people today with a good nights sleep under our belts. We had a wonderful and delicious dinner last night with the SOHI team at our hotel and got to share who we are, why we are here, and how we are involved in the SOHI family.
This morning we had the honor of attending Pastor Michael’s church. The trip there (no more than 15 minutes) was very bumpy and rocky (one thing I never thought I would take for granted, especially in Spokane: well kept roads) and filled with other people walking to church. This was the first time I recognized that the people here are LIVING for God. Let me explain:
These people walk for miles to get to church which is no more than a cement structure, dirt floors, and plastic outdoor chairs for seating. The sound system is okay at best, the children meet outside in the dirt, and they have an electric keyboard for worship. Yet, these people walk miles in their Sunday best to get to where they worship the Lord, because they live for Him, they are committed to Him, and they make it a priority every Sunday to be with Him.
Another example of why “living for God” came to mind when I encountered these people were when we stepped foot in the church. Like I said, this is nothing special, but it doesn’t need to be. It doesn’t need to have lights that dim when we worship, it doesn’t need words on a screen to follow along, it doesn’t need coffee or signs or air conditioning. It needs God and His people, and this church had both.
I honestly feel wrong trying to explain our experience at church. When I try to find the words to explain it, I just grin because sometimes you can’t explain God. The passion, the love, the joy, the repentance, the hallelujahs, the amens, and the amens again. I have never get more welcomed in a church community- going up and dancing with the children, blessing and praying over the church community members, and being introduced and welcomed multiple times again and again. God is working in that church, in those people, and in this Country. Amen, and amen again.
After church (3.5 hours- okay!) Pastor Michael and his family fed our team and the team members and delicious traditional style Kenyan meal. We then got to take a walk around Pastor Michael’s farm and see his livestock and crops that supports his family. Mangos, corn, kale, and bananas. There has been a drought for about 3 months that has been very harsh on the crops for farmers, which is their livelihood. Pastor Michael has created water pans on his farm that catfish live in, and he uses it to nourish his livestock and plants. I knew farmers had to rely on their crop for profit, but this brought that concept to a whole new level, most of these people rely on their crop to survive. If they are lucky, they get to sell and make a profit. But what they grow is what they eat. So pray for rain.
-SOHI Vision Trip Team,