As we prepare to leave for Kenya, Hebrews 12:1-3 runs through my mind:
“Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider him who endured from sinners such hostility against himself, so that you may not grow weary or fainthearted.”
I think that I can speak for the whole team when I say that preparing for this trip has given us a new perspective on what it means to humble ourselves and look into ourselves to shed feelings of superiority and pride. Gathering and packing supplies for the children, to support the teachers, and support the missionaries has helped me to see that in laying aside our own weight, we must replace that with the yoke of Christ. We must have a servant’s attitude and rebuke our selfishness. Many times I become selfish of my time and energy. As I get older it seems that both of those become more and more precious to me.
We have been hard at work training for the race. We have had many meetings, an awesome team-building day, and gathered together to pack the 27 extra bags that we are taking. The meetings have prepared us spiritually and emotionally. The team-building day prepared us mentally. The process of packing prepared us physically. With God’s help, we are prepared whether we feel like it or not. I have faith that God’s hand has been on each one of us since He first called us for this trip. We have nothing to worry about because He has gone before us and prepared the way.
We leave tomorrow (7/11/14). After stops in New York and London we will arrive in Nairobi on Sunday morning. Please be praying for us, that our travel goes smoothly, and that our families that we leave behind are comforted and protected.
Joel Woody and the TPCC July Kenya team