The first two days of our Mission trip we taught at Mutenkuar Baptist Church. This is David Olonopa's church. While we waited for enough women to arrive so that we could teach, a group of children came up and surrounded us. They were giggling and laughing and jumping up and down. I decided that I would take some pictures of them. As I was watching these children, the thought came to my mind, "This is why you come." Jesus loves them so much. Remember the words to the children's hymn, "Jesus Loves the Little Children"?
Jesus loves the little children
All the children of the world
Red and yellow black and white
They are precious in His Sight
Jesus loves the little children of the world.
I know they truly are precious to Him. The Bible gives us an account of what Jesus thought about children and the priority He placed on them.
" People were also bringing babies to Jesus to have him touch them. When the disciples saw this, they rebuked them.  But Jesus called the children to him and said, "Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these.  I tell you the truth, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it." Luke 18:15-17
Jesus loved children and He still does. Think about how these children must have been drawn to Him also. For them to want to go to Jesus in the first place. Jesus wants us to come to Him like little children too. To love Him with a heart full of love.
The children I saw at Mutenkuar Church those two days were soooo happy. They are so full of life and joy, and it is contagious! They love the smallest things... stickers...balloons... pipe cleaner crowns... Since they don't have many possessions, these things are precious to them. You will see them wear the pipe cleaner crown the next day. They sing and dance with such exuberance.
Some of the children were rubbing my arms. I guess the novelty of a white person (Muzungu). It is the first time that some of them have seen a white person.
One of the things that I loved was they saw that Betsy had on lipstick and they took their little finger and rubbed her lips and then rubbed it on their lips. That was so precious and they are so precious. They just make me smile...
We have returned yet again from another Mission trip to Kenya. You may have silently asked the question, "Why would they go around the world to another country?" Well I'm glad you asked!
We go first of all because the great commission is still in the Bible! We belong to Christ, and He is our Lord, and Master. So we do what He commands. The great commission is a command, not a suggestion!
Matthew 28: 19-20 "Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”
Secondly, we go because Christ has appointed us as His ambassadors, so we have a job to do. We have been sent by Christ to represent Him and to give out His message.
II Corinthians 5:20 says, "Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were making an appeal through us; we beg you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God.
Thirdly, The love of Christ compels us to go. When you love who He loves, you want to go and tell it!
II Corinthians 5:14 "For Christ's love compels us, because we are convinced that one died for all..." So because Christ did so much for us, and died in our place, the least we can do is live for Him. We are to be obedient to Him and what He wants us to do.
Fourthly, I go because I love the Maasai people. They have gotten under my skin, and wormed their way into my heart. I have made friendship and relationships with these people, so I look forward to going back and seeing them every year.
I am already making plans to go back next February. I hope that more new people will go with us next time. If God tarries, and I am in good health, and it is still His will, I will continue to go while there is still breath in me and work to be done!
Hi, I'm JoAnne. Welcome to my simple blog. Where a less than perfect Pastor's wife marvels at God's grace in my life. I am a follower of Christ. Helpmate in Ministry to my husband, Steve. Our Grown children are: daughter Ashley, 29 and son Daniel, 26. I am a Liberty University alum, degree in Music. I am a singer, teacher, fervent bird watcher, love to cook, and organize. I am a student of the Word. I am a dark chocolate and coffee connoisseur. Welcome to my ministry musings!