Missions

Kenya Missions with Holly-Haiti Missions with Gladys-Adventures in Missions with Andrew Tobias

Kenya Missions with Holly

Holly and Fred Okoth

 

Holly and Fredrick Okoth have been serving with Good News Community Centre in Kisumu, Kenya since 2008. Holly, born and raised in Lake Geneva, WI, finished high school at Badger High in 2006 and spent her first 6 months serving God in Youth With A Missions (YWAM) Discipleship Training School in Kenya. After she completed her YWAM school she returned to Wisconsin to study Social Work and worked at Trinity Church as their Youth Director until 2012. She would spend her summers leading short-term mission’s teams to Kenya, where Fred served God year round.

Fred, born and raised in Kisumu, Kenya, finished High School in 2004 and also attended YWAM’s Discipleship Training School and after began serving with Good News Community Centre.

In August 2012, Holly & Fred committed their lives to each other and to full-time missions as Holly moved across the world to become a full-time missionary. In December 2012 a sweet 6-year-old girl named Lucy joined their family as the Okoth’s embarked on their first adoption journey.

Today Holly and Fred are directors of a growing sponsorship program for orphans in Kenya. Through this sponsorship program, the children are given opportunities to succeed in ways that they wouldn’t have without sponsorship. Holly and Fred’s main focus is to rise up Kenya’s next generation to know, love and serve God. They reach the children and youth of Kenya through their church ministry, Awana, camps and school evangelism.

Holly and Fred also focus on the families of the orphaned children, while many of the parents of these children are widows. They provide opportunities for the widows to earn an income as the widows are taught a trade in jewelry making or tailoring.

As Holly and Fred serve in Kenya, their desire is to help cultivate Christ-like communities that live to proclaim hope for the future. And through sponsorship, income-generating projects, discipleship, and evangelism, that is just what God is enabling them to do as they daily live out their calling in Kenya.

To follow Holly and Fred’s journey, subscribe to their monthly newsletter, and more, go to their blog:www.goodnewskenya.org, or send a note of encouragement to hollyandfred@goodnewskenya.org.
 
Gladys Mungo, Haiti’s Children, Inc.

 

Gladys Mungo

Gladys is the founder of Haiti’s Children, Inc. She has lived in Haiti since 2008.
Haiti’s Chidren Inc. provides primary and secondary education, vocational training, and food programs to needy children in Haiti. There are always children looking for sponsors, please visit Gladys’s website www.haitischildren.org to give the children of Haiti the reassurance that God has not forgotten about them. Help give to Haiti’s Children every time you shop Amazon! If you make a purchase on Amazon, just simply go to www.smile.amazon.com and a portion of your purchase will go to benefit Haiti’s Children, Inc.
 
Please click HERE to read current newsletters from Haiti. For more information email Gladys Mungo at gladynhaiti@yahoo.com
 

 

Adventures in Missions with Andrew Tobias

Andrew Tobias

Do you feel that there is more freedom to be had in life? Could it be that many of us don’t find this freedom because we lack a spiritual rhythm?

I would like to think that I have something of a good spiritual rhythm. But then I went on a retreat at a Trappist Monastery and learned not only what a spiritual rhythm can look like, but how liberating it can be.

Coming into the Monastery, I had very high hopes for the weekend. I had wanted to go for some time, and finally, I was there to be silent before the Lord. Even though I was excited, there were still some pesky, anxious thoughts floating around inside. “Would it get boring?” Would I just get frustrated and hate the whole experience?” When we checked in at 3 we were given a schedule; 5 prayer services a day, the first at 4 am, the last at 7:30 pm. Meals were eaten in silence. The first service that we would attend would be the Vespers at 5:20.

In that first service we filed in and did our best to follow along, but we didn’t know what we were doing. The whole thing felt somewhat awkward because it is so foreign. I couldn’t help but look around the entire time and feel out of place. We left that service, ate dinner in silence and then sat in silence some more afterward. It wasn’t long until the next service began. This one felt less awkward and the Lord said to me “Even in this place, just be yourself. Stop trying to be anything else.”

It was amazing to see over the rest of the weekend how quickly a foreign rhythm can become so precious.

That’s the funny thing about rhythms. The ones that we want are often not the ones that we need. The ones that we need often feel foreign. But it has to feel foreign at first because it’s giving to us something that we would not otherwise have.

Many of us live with a counterfeit freedom. We do whatever we want or whatever feels right to us. But really this is an enslavement to our own emotions and preferences, to our likes and dislikes. Submitting to a disciplined pattern of life helps us to break free from our emotions and preferences, and rise up into something higher.

As the weekend went on I could see how these rhythms created an anticipation for prayer and worship together. The pace of life there is different, and all of your activity revolves around these times of seeking after God. But the rhythms also lead to something else. Freedom.

From the outside looking in, the services and practices may look rigid and uninviting, the opposite of freedom. We might even think that they do not give God the freedom to move and to speak. I found exactly the opposite to be true. The structure helps us in more ways than we realize. Life is hectic and loud. We are busy and hurried and our minds and soul rarely settle into a place of rest. Even our prayers lives can be filled with noise and anxiety. Because we are left to our own we wonder if we are doing it right. But when our lives are structured and paced around a cadence of prayer and we enter into it together, the noise of the world and our own minds begin to melt away and our souls begin to dance to the music of heaven. We become centered and are positioned to connect with and receive from the lover of our soul. The silence that you experience becomes an amphitheater for the whispers of God to be heard.

This all proved to me something that I’ve been thinking lately. Spiritual disciplines should simplify our lives, not complicate them. They feel like burdens sometimes because, let’s face it, it takes discipline. But every discipline of the Christian life that we use should eventually bring us a simplicity

Leaving the monastery was difficult and a big part of me didn’t want to go. My soul felt so free because I had been so close to God. The rhythm that was set in that place helped me to know God on a deeper level, which will always set us free.

So what does your life of prayer and worship look like? Is it sporadic and inconsistent? I want to encourage everyone who reads this to find a pace and rhythm that helps you to center on the Lord.

Find your rhythm of freedom.