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.
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!!”