As I type this, I am on a flight home from Nairobi, Kenya. My friend Alex and I spent four days speaking at the Enjoy the Bible Conference, hosted by River of God Church. Sunday afternoon, they sent us on a 2-night safari at Amboseli National Park, a stone’s throw from Kilimanjaro (the highest point in Africa). As I ponder the last seven days, here are the passages running through my mind…
In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth…”
Kenya is beautiful. To come out of our room and see Kilimanjaro in the morning sunlight is breathtaking. To see hundreds of zebras, wildebeests, elephants, hippos, giraffes, foxes, water buffalos and gazelles living in harmony was humbling. To feed a giraffe by hand and kneel down for a picture next to a cheetah frawesome! (That’s our family’s word for something that is both freaky and awesome.) To watch two female lions eye each other for 30 minutes, then come together in what can only be described as an affectionate hug is awe-inspiring.
God is an Artist with no equal.
I give thanks to my God for every remembrance of you, always praying with joy for all of you in my every prayer, because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now. I am sure of this, that he who started a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.”
The people at River of God Church are amazing. They labor hard for the Gospel. The love Jesus deeply. The pray with sincerity, frequency, and a passion I haven’t seen – sadly – very often in the United States. They worship with joy and reverence. They understand “community” and do it very well.
I saw the building they’re expanding and heard them dream out loud of the ministry they will be able to do when it is completed in 2020. I heard the sounds of hammers and trucks as I taught. I am in awe…and I know God will complete what He has begun! I am honored to call them “partners in the gospel.” [Read more…] about 4 Bible Passages Running Through My Mind As I Return from Kenya