Monday, December 1, 2008
Today is World AIDS day. According to UNAIDS 2006, around 1.3 million people live with the HIV virus in KENYA alone. In the Kibera slum, 1 out of 3 people are affected with AIDS.
Remember to pray for those affected by HIV/AIDS, whether it be that they are HIV positive or their family member is. There have been so many children orphaned by this disease and so often they have to be cared for by another family or community member. Pray also for those who have taken in orphans from this disease.
"But as for me, I will always have hope; I will praise you more and more." (14)
"And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, "Now the dwelling of God is with men, and he will live with them. They will b his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God. He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away." He who was seated on the throne said, "I am making everything new!" Then he said, "Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true."
Sunday, November 9, 2008
I believe God is calling me to do medical missions and I am currently studying nursing at
Not only will it be incredible time to grow in the field of medical missions, but to continue to build on the relationships and friendships I formed last summer. A day doesn’t go by when I don’t think of the incredible boys, girls, women and men whom I met. I have so much more to learn about this culture and about God through the Kenyan’s lives. God continues to show me what true forgiveness is through the lives of the boys and girls at the Shuname shelter who have been abused. While they have suffered so much they are able to forgive those who have hurt them, only because of the love and forgiveness Christ offers them. I was able to become closer friends with the girls, and they told me of dreams to become doctors and teachers. Even in their own words they have even encouraged me in my own studies and to work for the Lord and not for man. There is so much I look forward to doing when I return and I know I have so much yet to learn.
I would love for you to participate in this ministry. Most importantly, I need your prayers. There have been so many times when I have truly seen the power of prayer while in
1 Timothy 4:9-10 “This is a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance (and for this we labor and strive), that we have put our hope in the Living God, who is Savior of all men, and especially of those who believe.”1Thessalonians 1:3 "May my work be produced by faith, my labor prompted by love, and my endurance inspired by hope in our Lord Jesus Christ."
God has used your prayers and your encouragement throughout my time in
Once a week we would go to the Muthiga slum for
We were also able to build relationship with the children and house mothers at the Shuname Shelter. These are kids who have been taken away from abusive parents or who have been orphaned. I especially enjoyed the time I was able to spend building friendships with them and singing praises together.
My heart aches for the family I have left in
The Kenyan’s love of one another and sacrifice of themselves is so evident. They give and they share all they have with one another. When we would go on home visits the women were so anxious to make us tea or give us something to eat. Rarely did we enter a home where that wasn’t offered. I have to ask myself how often I open my refrigerator, closets, or doors to people to fellowship and give of what I have. As a “poor” college student, it is so easy to hold onto what I have and not want to share, while there are so many around me who are in the same position as me. Think of the difference there would in this world if we were all willing to open our doors and share all we have.
In the midst of these tough circumstances of immense poverty, disease and death I have to hold onto the hope I have in Christ and His return. God promises that someday he will make all things new, wipe away tears, and make things right and good. Until then I pray for His kingdom to come on this earth.
Mungu Akubariki(God Bless)! Joanna Haas