Children of the World (World Help) and they touched our life. I have shared here lots and lots of times about them and how we traveled to see them and prayed for them. How we love them. The day after we met the COTW we received new updated pics of Ucok! Wow, how much he had grown. We love him so much.
This past spring our oldest daughter Mandi planned a mission trip to Kenya. It has always been a dream of hers to go to Africa and work in an orphanage. At this time I started reading about Kristen at "We are THAT family" and how she was going to Kenya with Compassion. Each day I would read how God spoke to her as she visited the slum, met Maureen and her sponsored child.
About thirteen days before our Mandi left for Kenya Kristen introduced the Mercy House again I was touched deeply and kept thinking wow... Mandi will soon be in Kenya, I wonder if she could meet Maureen? I sent Kristen an email, told her Mandi was going to Kenya with a different organization and would it be possible for her to meet Maureen? Kristen was quick to reply and said she thought so .... plans were made and Maureen would meet Mandi... Mandi brought her snickers and bubble gum!
About a week before Mandi left I asked her if she would like to visit the Compassion Project in Nairobi. She agreed but wasn't really sure how it could all work out. Compassion requires background checks and several weeks to schedule a visit. We almost didn't.... but I went ahead and sent in the background check even after Mandi was in Kenya.
Mandi spent three weeks in the orphanage at the village about six hours from Nairobi. Maureen decided to come visit her at the orphanage and Mandi loved her time with Maureen. God worked it out that Mandi would be able to stay at a host home that Compassion arranged for her. On Friday the 15th Mandi traveled back into Nairobi to the host home. God is so faithful. His ways are so different than our ways.....
This past week Mandi went with Maureen to visit the slum. Today she went back with Maureen to watch/help her teach the children. This coming week on the 3rd she will visit the Compassion Project in Nairobi. You can read all about Maureen as she shared at the Mercy House blog.
My point in all this.... other than sharing an update on Mandi and her new friend Maureen. God continues to show me that He sees the end from the beginning. He knows the outcome. I am just to trust....
MY surprise..... I realized that it wasn't going to really surprise any of you because God surprised ME. My love for Compassion and my sponsored child.... reading Kristen's, Ann's, and so many blogs and how lives have been changed through Compassion. How I have fallen in love with orphans.... how David Platt's .Radical is changing me. He knows the desires of my heart and He planned it all out before the foundation of the earth ........ HE goes before us.
I think what surprised me the most .... amazed really.... is how He worked all this out for Mandi, working in the orphanage, meeting Maureen, then going to the host home and being able to visit the Compassion Project but in doing that He also gave me the desires of my heart because I can now SEE more of what Compassion is about.... and how and what we can do to make a difference.
When I talked to Maureen thanking her for helping Mandi with the host home and praying with her.... Maureen's words to me were "Auntie Teena, I do for Mandi's sake because Jesus did for my sake."
He sees the end from the beginning..... we are called to trust.....