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Devo time # Revel Relevant

The great enemy of the Lord Jesus Christ today is the idea of practical work that has no basis in the New Testament but comes from the systems of the world. This work insists upon endless energy and activities, but no private life with God. The emphasis is put on the wrong thing. Jesus said, “The kingdom of God does not come with observation … . For indeed, the kingdom of God is within you” (Luke 17:20-21). It is a hidden, obscure thing. An active Christian worker too often lives to be seen by others, while it is the innermost, personal area that reveals the power of a person’s life.

We must get rid of the plague of the spirit of this religious age in which we live. In our Lord’s life there was none of the pressure and the rushing of tremendous activity that we regard so highly today, and a disciple is to be like His Master. The central point of the kingdom of Jesus Christ is a personal relationship with Him, not public usefulness to others.

It is not the practical activities that are the strength of this Bible Training College— its entire strength lies in the fact that here you are immersed in the truths of God to soak in them before Him. You have no idea of where or how God is going to engineer your future circumstances, and no knowledge of what stress and strain is going to be placed on you either at home or abroad. And if you waste your time in overactivity, instead of being immersed in the great fundamental truths of God’s redemption, then you will snap when the stress and strain do come. But if this time of soaking before God is being spent in getting rooted and grounded in Him, which may appear to be impractical, then you will remain true to Him whatever happens.

Wednesday I was so blessed to visit DOOR international, an organization that translates the Bible into sign language.

They also have a program designed to help empower women who are deaf called Sasa. They make exquisite fair trade jewelry products and are currently filling a $10,000 order from a church in North Carolina!


This is an earthquake drill. At this moment you are joining millions of Californians in this drill and you are being asked to Drop, Cover, and Hold On until the drill is over.

e-mails from my school.. always make me laugh!

Christmas is NOTHING without a goat!

Shadrack

Mimi mzungu HATARI! Translation: I’m a danergous mzungu (white person). Watch out matatu drivers!!! ahhhhh!!!

Quoteables from Shadrack’s house

Another successful Sunday~I wrote this on Sunday P.S.

Just had a giggle fest with Rose. Rose is our 24 year old house help; she and I share a room.  We couldn’t stop laughing about nothing! Just anything at all would set us off. 

It started with hair. I rubbed her hair and then of course she started rubbing my furry lil head. And we just couldn’t stop laughing! She kept saying, “oooo Mzungu hair like baby!” and we would just bust up laughing. 

It was spectacular to laugh about absolutely nothing..

Today was a restful Sunday. I have 0 complaints.

I went to church and stayed for 2 worship rounds because I LOVE TO SING. And then I went over to have lunch with my amazing friend, Felicia. 

She is a remarkable woman who is originally from Cameroon, but moved to Kenya for the sake of her children’s education.Felicia’s children are remarkably unique, all three are deaf. Refusing to settle for anything less than the best for her children, Felicia moved to Kenya so that her children could learn to speak. All 3 of her children speak English and are assisted with hearing aids. 

She is such an exuberant woman- who is also slightly mischievous- something I love. She wears the most beautiful dresses which she makes! So of course, I promptly insisted she make me one! She took down my measurements and I will soon have a Cameroonian dress! YES!!!! My life is complete. 

Walking into her house was like walking into a little bit of heaven. She served us delicious authentic Cameroonian food, I think it was called fu-fu and jama-jama. It was ALL spectacular- she brought out strawberry ice-cream and oh the juice! How I love the juice here it is SO delicious! Obviously, I could rave about her food all day!

I left feeling light as a feather, purchased some peacock print pants, and skyped with my family! It was so wonderful to sip chai and see their faces! Slipped off to sleep feeling content. 

Games

Yesterday afternoon as we were all hanging out in school, Brendan mentioned that his siblings play a game called ‘Al Shabaab’. Essentially all the kids get together in the streets, and peg each other with soccer balls which are acting as “bombs”. 

I couldn’t help but laugh at the name of the game, it is ingenuous. However there was a small part of me that wondered about the psychological implications the recent acts of terror are having on our lives and our reactions towards them. 

The kids for example, have made a game of it. Others hole up in their houses while others proceed with their daily lives. Regardless of how it effects us, the Earth continues to spin about it’s axis- in other words, life goes on. 

We’d like to invite you to no longer live with us

Bridesmaids

The Bra-kit: Keeping women safe since 1979

The Bra-kit, or bra pocket as some may refer to it, has become the female traveler&#8217;s multipurpose &#8220;tool belt&#8221;. 
Tips and other non-sense:
a sports bra works best
I once carried a blackberry, video camera, regular camera, Kenyan cell phone, money, and my iPod all at once in my sports bra. Granted it kind of looked like I had some weird tumors goin on&#8212;but an over-shirt hid all that!  So I pretty much just carried $1,000 in my bra. 
Storing money in multiple locations is essential; in the shoes, in bra, in the undies, pretty much anywhere money shouldn&#8217;t be founD. I don&#8217;t know what I&#8217;ll do when I can actually use a wallet again. My trip to Honduras in 2009 was probably one of the reasons I never even use a purse anymore (something that seems to bother my dad) but hey- I guess he&#8217;s just never used the bra-kit.
Downside- 
Sometimes there&#8217;s a stream between the mountains.. if ya know what I mean. 
CHEERS TO WOMEN EVERYWHERE! 

The Bra-kit: Keeping women safe since 1979

The Bra-kit, or bra pocket as some may refer to it, has become the female traveler’s multipurpose “tool belt”. 

Tips and other non-sense:

  1. a sports bra works best
  2. I once carried a blackberry, video camera, regular camera, Kenyan cell phone, money, and my iPod all at once in my sports bra. Granted it kind of looked like I had some weird tumors goin on—but an over-shirt hid all that!  So I pretty much just carried $1,000 in my bra. 
  3. Storing money in multiple locations is essential; in the shoes, in bra, in the undies, pretty much anywhere money shouldn’t be founD. I don’t know what I’ll do when I can actually use a wallet again. My trip to Honduras in 2009 was probably one of the reasons I never even use a purse anymore (something that seems to bother my dad) but hey- I guess he’s just never used the bra-kit.
Downside- 
Sometimes there’s a stream between the mountains.. if ya know what I mean. 

CHEERS TO WOMEN EVERYWHERE! 

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