by Dee Blank – Mission Trip Team Member
Water. When I think of the continent of Africa, I think of water. Or rather the lack of it. On our way to Kenya in early December, we prayed for rain. Upon the team’s arrival, it rained. Praise God!
Water sustains life here on earth. Christ, our living water, sustains us for eternity. While the orphanage at Zion may be in perpetual need of drinking and washing water, evidence of Christ’s living water flooded in upon our arrival.
The ground was red and dusty; the clothes were torn and dirty. Yet the smiles were large and genuine; the joy was palpable. Worship was thunderous, spontaneous, and spirit-filled. Never have I seen people, children, so rawly dependent upon every provision from God and genuinely thankful as He continues to “rain down” their needs. Truthfully, we ALL are dependent upon God for provision, but I think what we miss in our western world is the profound recognition and gratitude that we saw at Zion.
Food, shelter, medical care, education are all being provided, though each month is a struggle. More children are coming in January. “How will you handle more children?” we asked Pastor Harrison. “We are praying and trusting in the Lord’s provision,” was his response. Amen, sir!
Doors have been opened for NHFC to become involved with the ministry at Zion. Doors were opened for each team member to be able to travel to Kenya. There is zero doubt in my mind that God wants us to bless this special place and through us help provide for this ministry.
My prayer upon leaving Kenya is this: Lord, please continue to open my eyes and help me to recognize every detail that you have provided and to thank you for it. Let me support our brothers and sisters at Zion to the best of my ability. All glory is to you, God, as I remain in awe of your amazing work in weaving the streams of our lives together.