March 11, 2015

CALLED TO BE SOJOURNERS



Learn to do what is good.
Seek justice.
Correct the oppressor.
Defend the rights of the fatherless.
Plead the widow’s cause.
Isaiah 1:17
Life is an adventure. It is too short not to be. Living your life fully surrendered to the Lordship of Jesus Christ is the best journey you can ever go on-- and the hardest. He has taken us to places that we could have only imagined, and now He moving us again...

We have lived in Kenya for about a year now, and what a year it has been! The beginning of 2014 we sold our cars, furniture, packed a few totes, loaded up our (then) three year old, one year old, and baby on the way and headed for East Africa. God has done, and is continuing to do big things. From having our first birth abroad, caring for malnourished babies and children, assisting widows, and helping to establishing a forever family. To teaching the Gospel of the Kingdom, baptizing, and making disciples. This has been an exciting journey for our family. 

But one of our greatest passions since 2011, has been wanting to minister to, and care for street children. Our desire is to show them the love of God by nurturing them, and spending quality one-on-one time with them. But most importantly, the best way we can love any child is by planting the seed of the Kingdom in their hearts, and in the hearts of the people around them. Satan specifically goes after children for the kingdom of darkness, and we want to go after them for the kingdom of light. That is why we are so excited that our path has crossed with Future Hope Ministries.

This past month while making a trip to Uganda, Charlton was able to meet up with Mark White from Future Hope Ministries. We have known the White family for many years, his wife Laura was actually Ava and Boaz's pediatrician back in the States. They have adopted several children from Uganda, as well as run SASCU (Save Street Children Uganda). They have asked our family to join with them in parenting, and spiritually pouring into the children at SASCU. After much prayer and godly counsel, we have accepted. Lord willing, we will be moving to Kampala, which is about a six hour drive from where we currently live, within the next few months. This is pending our Uganda entry permits, and Hadassah's passport.

We are so thankful for the Carrier family's support in this decision, as well as all of our family and friends. We love the people, as well as the families that we serve alongside in Kenya. And we support all of the hard work that is being done here. But God has completely solidified the direction in which we need to go, and has given us peace that passes understanding in this decision.

Now, some of you may remember that God provided a home for us when we first moved to Kenya. We called this the kingdom house, and for a very good reason. It will soon be used for the kingdom by housing the newest missionary family, the Nazigers. Gemeinschaft.

We plan on bringing the message of the kingdom to the urban slums. We will continue with home fellowship, and disciple making. But our hearts cry will be answered-- being fully involved as a family, working with precious children.

"This gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all the nations, and then the end will come.” Matthew 24:14

We are happy to announce that Wanda a.k.a Nana, will also be joining us in Kampala. SASCU will be opening up a clinic for the children as well as for the community. I will be posting her testimony on our blog soon.

For more information on this ministry, please check out www.Isaiah117.org as well as www.sascu.org.

I will leave you with a quote from Laura White:

As I looked at the faces all around me I realized I didn’t feel pity. I didn’t see faces that were poor, or black, or African, or diseased… I just saw children. They were like my own children. In fact, one that would have otherwise blended in with the crowd was soon to be my child. And I saw that they were children of the Most High King. And they became my friends. And THAT changes everything!!”



March 04, 2015

BUSY, BUSY, BUSY!

As I am sitting here, trying to figure out how to start this blog post, my mind travels back to my very last post about our chickens So much has happened between then, and now. But alas, I'll pick up where I left off-- that seems to be a good place to start.

We are down to five. 

Yes. FIVE!

With great sadness I am reporting, that after much love and care (primarily from my husband) forty-five chickens have died at the hands of a vaccination. Why vaccinate? You may be asking yourself, and if you follow me on Facebook you probably did ask me that. Well, we are first timers when it comes to chickens. Multiple people suggested vaccinating them (they were only a few months old, and this is not their first vaccine) because of the prevalent diseases in this area. It is clear that the vaccine we gave them must have been bad. We feel awful, and Charlton said that we will never vaccinate chickens ever again.

February has been a full month for our family. We had the beautiful opportunity to take in a two month old for several weeks, who was malnourished, and nurse him back to health. Through the generous donations of the body of Christ we were able buy him amble formula, take him to doctor, and buy him clothes, blankets, and other needed supplies. He is now back home with his grandmother who has been his primary caregiver since birth. She has been trained on how to feed him, but will need further training. Please keep grandma, and baby Primus in your prayers.


During this two week period of caring for Primus, we had a week long Swahili language class scheduled as well. Our brother Glenn came up for the week, and stayed with us, as well as our language teacher Jim. Jim has been living in Kenya for 22 years, and is fluent in several local languages. Charlton actually met Jim in Kisumu through mutual brothers and sisters in Christ. He then arranged for Jim to make a trip to see us, and the timing could not have been more perfect. The Nafziger family had just arrived, and were able to get a jump start on the language! We are so thankful that the Nafziger family has joined us in Kenya. Karibu!


Charlton also made a trip to Uganda with Nashon, to assist a brother named Joseph, who is doing work with a group of physically handicapped people. They made several repairs to the building in which everyone lives and works. As well as replacing and repairing equipment that they use to make a living. While in Uganda, Charlton was able to meet up with Mark White from Future Hope Ministries. We have known the White family for many years, his wife Laura was actually Ava and Boaz's pediatrician back in the States. They have adopted several children from Uganda, as well as run SASCU (Save Street Children Uganda). We have some very exciting news to share, so more on the White family and Future Hope Ministries soon. How do you like that cliff hanger?!


We also had a visit from Joseph this past weekend. Charlton wanted him to come and visit us, not only to further his discipleship, but so he could see how we do home fellowship here in Kenya. The day Joseph left, Charlton and Tim left for Kisumu! They did some teachings, and had good fellowship with the home fellowship in Kisumu. They also picked up Hadassah's birth certificate. And now that we have her birth certificate, in the near future we need to make a trip to Nairobi to get her birth abroad certificate, and passport. Things have been busy ya'll!

God continues to be faithful! Thank you for your continued prayers, and support.

Because of Jesus,

Natasha







January 21, 2015

OUR GIRLS

I would like to introduce you to our newest additions-- 51 chickens!

  

These sweet little things are going to be layers, providing eggs not only for our family, but for the poor and malnourished. Our girls even provided a job for our brother in Christ Felix, who built their hen house. I love it.

Charlton has been staying super busy feeding the girls, and trying to keep them warm. They do not have their feathers in yet and our nights, surprisingly, get very cold. Because we live in the village and don't have electricity, (just solar power which we love) so a red lamp is not practical or accessible. We actually had to purchase a little coal heater that Charlton has to get going at night when the sun goes down, and tend to in the wee morning hours so our chicks don't freeze. I love my hard working man.

We'll keep updating on our girls, really looking forward to that first egg!

With Love,

Natasha