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

WOMEN'S CONFERENCE





A couple weekend ago Kingdom Driven Ministries had our very first women conference! It was a wonderful event. We had 52 women in attendance, from near and far. Every lady who was a baptized member in one of our home fellowships was invited. But in true Kenya fashion, we had a few random visitors show up as well. :)

Marc actually came up with the idea for this event, and organized the entire thing. One of his objectives for wanting to get all of the women together, was just that. It was so encouraging and uplifting knowing that other women from around the country are on this kingdom journey with us. Being able to share together, sing together, eat together, laugh together, and simply look into each others eyes brought a beautiful unity between all of us. The only negative that I think we all experienced, was not being able to communicate as freely as we all would have liked due to the language barrier that we still experience. However, we have a very intelligent local sister in Christ that speaks excellent English, named Linda. She translated the entire conference. We definitely needed her help because Wanda, Cindy, and I (Natasha) did all the teachings for the day. The reason that the three of us did the teachings for the conference was simply because we all live in the same compound. We were able to collaborate and organize what we were going to share in a short amount of time. And Cindy made a great point to encourage all the ladies to continue sharing, and teaching one another.


So, after a worship song, prayer, and short introductions I was the first one to share. My main focus was seeking the favor of God. I really tried to encourage the youth, that they are not to young to serve God in big ways. (1 Timothy 4:12) I find Mary’s life to be a perfect example of that. Out of all the woman in the world, God chose this young Jewish women to be mother of His only son. She was the “favored one.” (Luke Chapter 1) So I used scripture to shed some light on her character as well giving a detailed breakdown on the fruit of the spirit. (Galatians 5:22-25) Those characteristics are suppose to define us as followers of Christ.
Next, Cindy gave a detailed teaching on biblical womanhood. Sharing scriptures on how to become the wife and mother that God calls us to be. She started in Genesis and worked her way through the New Testament, really focusing on God’s order of headship and submission. One point that I really appreciated that she made was pointing out that older women are instructed by scripture to teach younger women the practical aspects of running a household; on how to love our husbands and raise godly children. These teachings are not something that women in this area are used to hearing. So it gave many mama’s plenty of things to think about, and a great opportunity for self evaluation.
Wanda closed the conference by weaving portions of her testimony in conjunctions with 1 Corinthians 6:18-7:40. She wanted to share the areas in which she fell short of the proper roles in marriage. Her transparency, and honesty was really refreshing, and I think many women could relate with what she had to say. She ended with sharing the joy she has experienced by being able to serve the kingdom of God as a single person. Now she is able to be totally devoted to our King without any distractions.

The three of us are at three different places in life. We have three different experience levels, and three different backgrounds. But God intertwined us together beautifully to share the message that He wanted His daughters to hear.