Dear Family and Friends,
When something is so dear to your heart it’s hard to put words to it. So, welcome to my heart. Thank you for letting me share. It’s an honor to be with you right now. (Even if just by email!)
God has given me the opportunity to spend a month in Kenya. I want to share this with you: what this looks like, how I and the people I am traveling with need you, and what it means to share in this joy with you!
My roommate Meg spent 3 months traveling with a group of children from Kenya leading worship for various churches, nursing homes, etc in the US. As much as I have been able, I ask Meg to share her heart (and God’s heart) for these kids. I love kids, and Kenya has a special place in my heart, so this always makes me happy to celebrate these kids with her.
THEN, Meg shared with me a chance to go and be with these kids in December on a trip that would take these kids and other choir Alumni on a retreat to continue encouraging them in their knowing of God, His love for them, and their ability to share that with their families, friends, and community. (I have to pause now even thinking about how much I want them to continue knowing God. He loves them so much.)
As I was thinking/praying about going, my heart was not able to stand not going to love them as best I know.
While the possibility of traveling to be with the Daraja Choir Alumni (http://www.410bridge.org/daraja/) in December was marinating in my heart, I also was able to get to know another gal, Tia McNelly, over a spontaneous Kenyan meal. Tia began sharing with me about the practical and spiritual ways the Kilgoris Project (http://thekilgorisproject.com/index.html). Naturally I got excited, but I didn’t expect to continue thinking about the children of Kilgoris for the following months after. After a few conversations, Tia shared with me how the church leaders in Kilgoris are interested in ways to disciple their children and would love help. That trip is taking place January 17-27.
The time spent with the Daraja Choir and before the 5 others come to Kenya to travel to Kilgoris, I am praying for opportunities to learn from folks there in Kenya on how discipleship and growing in Christ has been successful.
Will you pray with me? For me, and the folks here in the US that are traveling to be with our greater family in Kenya? And, for opportunities to share how God loves us SO MUCH that He couldn’t stay in heaven, but sent us Jesus so that we can experience His love forever? I would like to email you updates and journey in prayer with you. Can you email me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are willing to hear what’s happening, or receive prayer request/praises?
My heart is so full, therefore I’ll be blogging on the good ‘ole blog. There is too much overflowing for just this letter: email@example.com. Please be aware, this is an old blog that’s seen lots of changes!
Also, I want you to have the opportunity to give financially to what God is doing in Kenya. This money will help cover my personal cost that will likely land close to $4,500 ($3,500 specifically for flight and travel with Daraja). I have $1,950 already given. Such a blessing! However, I am praying for the other people that God has called to spend time in Kenya and their financial needs as well. Know that as you wander past my support page (https://my410bridge.org/calli_nicole) to not hesitate in being generous where God leads you. All giving through 410 Bridge is tax deductible.
You are such a gift. Thank you again for loving me, and letting me share this joy with you. I’m excited to see and share what God is doing, and look forward to celebrating you as well.
Love and blessings,