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Hi y'all! My name is Kaylee! I am a twenty-something-year old midwestern girl by birth, southerner at heart, and life-long traveler! I am a follower of Jesus, wife of Joshua, avid reader, lover of baking & cooking, constant smiler, and pursuer of adventures in all shapes & sizes!

Friday, December 2, 2011

Kenya Bound

When you pray, God answers. Not always as directly as we might like or with the response we want, but the important thing here is that He DOES!

When I felt God tugging on my heart to sign up for a missions trip with APU, I did it. I had no idea where He would lead me or what the cost might be, how long it might be, etc. Although the planner in me would generally freak out about the lack of knowledge, I had COMPLETE peace and joy knowing I would be going wherever God was preparing for me to go. I prayed that He would open my heart and mind and that I would go willingly wherever I was assigned, and that I would know that it was where HE wanted me to serve.

When I got the e-mail this past week saying I was going on the Kenya (Kipkaren) team, I was overjoyed! I had initially put down Kenya as a request, but said "send me wherever You lead" instead and this was the result! Because of this, I know with 100% certainty that this is where God wants me to be, without a doubt! I still don't know details--we have our first team meeting tonight. All I know is that I will be flying to Kenya sometime in the summer of 2012 with three other girls to serve God and the people of a small village called Kipkaren in Western Kenya.

Do I know when, how long, how much, and so many other questions one might wonder when signing up for a trip? No! Do I have peace about this? YES! God is stirring in my heart and I have never felt so sure of something and so at peace, despite my ultra-planner ways! God is just so awesome! I can't wait to meet my team tonight and find out some of these exciting pieces of information! Ultimately, I can't wait to see God at work in Kipkaren...I know what I experience will be life changing and I will finally get to have my heart broken for what breaks God's heart--something I've never really experienced in such an extreme way. I will update when I find out the details :)

For now, here are some interesting things about KENYA!

Kenya Flag!

Where Kenya is on the map!

In Kenya, there are about 41 million people. There are more than FORTY different tribes of people that are speaking over SIXTY different languages...that is hard to grasp!!! Insane! 

This is Lake Victoria, the second largest fresh-water lake in the world (after Lake Superior of course!) I plan on staying a few days after if we don't get around to seeing this amazing lake and going on a safari, which Kenya is also famous for!

Definitely have to figure out how to make this happen! haha

This is Mt. Kenya, the second largest mountain in Africa (after Kilimanjaro!) I would LOVE to climb it someday...hope to at least get a glimpse while there :)

Although I know Kenya will be a beautiful place and I will see beautiful things, I am most excited to do God's work! Over 31% of the Kenyan population has never even heard about Jesus! What an amazing opportunity my group has to be used by God, to come to Him and say, "Lord, use us in any way you see fit! Break my heart for what breaks yours! Let me be a light and be a reflection of your love and joy!" God is going to do amazing things with this trip and I think about it everyday...I truly cannot wait to be used by Him in this beautiful place!

Until next time,