Saturday, December 20, 2008

He is coming!

Wow, Christmas is so close. Do you feel it?
      I have been hearing Christmas songs this past week in all the shops
in Nairobi. I still don't quite know what the song "The Yellow Rose
of Texas" has to do with Christmas, but a big mechanical Santa sings
it in every Nakumatt I enter. (FYI - Nakumatts are grocery stores
here in Kenya.) I see Poinsettia trees in the yard of the guest house
where I have been staying. Then too, there is the shopping for
presents for those I will spend Christmas with in just a few days.
Thinking about the things I need to make the cookies that are my
christmas tradition. Traffic jams that seem to be the norm in
Nairobi anymore, but are even worse this weekend. All these things
point to this particular time of year.
     How about introspection. Consideration of the joy of the season.
Wonder at the birth of a savior. God really became a baby. He really
walked this earth as a man. He really is coming again. Are these a
part of your Christmas?
     It isn't the snow, the tree, the lights or even the presents that
make Christmas. I have heat, mosquitos, and bushes, but Christmas is
still here. Christmas comes in our hearts. Hope is born because
Jesus came and walked among us. 
     I hope you all are enjoying the signs of Christmas that you have around you. I also hope you are able to be filled with Wonder and Awe at our great savior. I pray that you allow Jesus to be born in your heart each day and that you anticipate his coming and his coming again! A light has shown among the nations and we are changed because of it.
     blessings from one who wants to adore Him!

Friday, December 12, 2008

A week in review

This week has been busy.  Sorry I didn't get this posted on Tuesday night like I have the others.  I had some of my sponsored elementary school students read the book The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis last week.  Then I let them watch the video on Monday.  They had fun seeing what they had read.  I think it also helped them understand what a faun, beaver, wolf and other such animals were.  After the movie I fixed a nice lunch for them and handed out some Christmas presents.  It was a fun day!
Tuesday I held my Christmas party for my workers.  I had a nice beef stew for them to eat (4 pounds of meat for 5 people).  I also got some 100 pound bags of beans and sugar, 50 pound bags of rice, corn meal, and flour, 24 one pound tubs of fat, tea leaves and salt for them to split between them for their Christmas meals.  They also enjoyed receiving the clothes that I got for them before I came back to Kenya.
Wednesday I drove from Lodwar to Eldoret.  The road is so bad it took me 9 hours.  It really needs some attention, but I know it won't get it anytime soon, so I will just have to endure.  Thankfully, when I got a bit closer to Eldoret I was able to see green growing things.  That is always a highlight of that trip.  I also got to enjoy the orange flame trees, purple jacaranda trees and bright red poinsettia tree.  Seeing colors other than brown and dusty green are wonderful!
Yesterday and today, I have been working on getting my paperwork caught up.  I was all ready to do it in Turkana, but my printer would not work.  So, I had to wait until I got here where I could use a different printer.  So, I am now caught up to the end of October this year.  I will have to work on November this next week while I am in Nairobi.  I will drive there tomorrow.  That road is much better than the Lodwar to Eldoret one, so I will hopefully get to Nairobi in about 5 or 6 hours.  
I am headed to Nairobi to meet with David Giles and to do a bit of Christmas shopping.  So, that is about it for this week.  I hope all is well with all of you!

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

The Season

   The season of advent and Christmas are upon us. This always seems a
bit of a crazy time of year to me when I am in the U.S. When I am in
Turkana it doesn't seem so hectic. That isn't to say that I am not
busy, but it is a different kind of busy. What kind of food stuff do
I want to give out to friends, workers and dancers and singers? How
do I help keep the focus on his birth and the meaning of his coming
into our lives? That is one we all have to work at.
   I am currently reading in Exodus and Matthew.  It struck
me that in all the instructions about how to make the tabernacle and
the things in and around it, that God gave the people a reason why he
brought them out of Egypt. It is the same reason why he came to earth
as a baby in a manger and died on a cross.
Exodus 29:46 says, "And they shall know that I am the LORD their God,
who brought them out of the land of Egypt that I might dwell among
them. I am the LORD their God."

    God wanted a relationship with his people even then. He wanted to
dwell among them. He was able to do that fully only through his son,
Jesus. As we celebrate the season may we remember it is about a
relationship with God. That relationship was made possible through
Jesus in the manger and on the cross. May He dwell with us every day
and may we anticipate his daily coming into our lives!