Vickie Maynard

 

God Transforming Hearts and Lives in Kenya

Something has been in the works for a while now and I'm excited to finally share with you all - I'm moving to Kenya.  There's quite a story behind the move, but the gist of it is I have felt drawn to Kenya for quite some time now, and have been ardently seeking God for the past few years regarding the possibility and timing of such a move.  Then, starting back in March, events began to unfold in a way that increasingly pointed to the time being right for me to do this.

So now, here we are.  I am slated to depart for Africa sometime around January 2015.  I am very excited, and, as you might expect, also nervous.  It's always a vulnerable thing to uproot your life and go start over someplace new.  And I'm sad to leave so many I love here in California.  But I know they are going with me in spirit, and I have many dear friends waiting for me in Eldoret, so I am greatly encouraged by that!

My prayer requests are:
PLEASE pray for Divine favor to rest on this entire moving process.  I will be staying with Pastor Philip Rono and his wife Navy at Haven Recovery Centre initially.  My home here in Upland is on the market for sale.  For anyone who has moved before, you know there are many things that have to happen in a certain order within a certain timeframe.  It can all be rather stressful.

The Bible says in 2 Timothy 1:7 "God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but a spirit of power, love, and self discipline."  That means if you let God's Spirit fill your life, you're going to be filled with power, love, and self-discipline.  And God's love overcomes fear.

When love is greater than fear, we can do all things we're afraid to do.  That's called courage.

I am also going to start my support raising.  This seems like a daunting task, needing to raise $3,000 a month for the next 3 years to cover my living expenses, phone, internet, gas, vehicle, medical insurance, parking, and ministry expenses.  I will have initial set-up costs that are not figured into that so I am trusting that the Lord will make a way for that as well.  I am not shipping things, as it is costly to do so (tariff is required and you aren't guaranteed you receive what you sent).

We have a great reminder that our mission field is wherever we are.  For Moses, it was the desert.  He did his greatest work for the Lord in the hardest locations.  Sometimes our situations are difficult and challenging, but having a Moses-like faith can help us see beyond the temporal and into the eternal (Hebrews 11:24-25).  Don't be frustrated if you're tending sheep in the desert or painting a wall somewhere; God has a wonderful way of using us to reach people wherever we are.

Your prayers mean a lot.

Thanks, Vickie Maynard

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