Wow! What an unforgettable adventure these two years have been with you. I first want to personally thank each of you, for your partnership, as we expanded God’s kingdom in Kenya! I truly am humbled by your monthly donations, daily prayers, and constant encouragement and love! Lives were healed and restored and it is only because of your investment. Kenya is now a better place because people are now cultivating deep roots in Jesus.
Our vision, from the start, was to awaken, disciple and empower the next generations through The Rejoice Project, our Christian virtue-based curriculum. We used lessons, arts and games to teach each child virtues like, Love, Humility, Cooperation, Peace, Trust and Grace. We desired to see sustainability even after we were gone. We knew the only way to do this was to empower indigenous leaders from these villages to understand “who” God created them to be; Holy, Chosen and Loved and “what” He created them to do; Make disciples. In order for this development to be sustainable, it required these leaders taking my place and stepping into their place in God’s story for these villages. But, I knew this would not happen overnight but would happen over years of relationship building and investment.
Starting out, we were investing in 16 youth leaders who were impacting 2,500+ children in 5 schools. Whether I was with them playing soccer on a dirt field, having a small group discussion under an acacia tree, leading through team building exercises, working in their gardens or having dinner in their homes, God used my influence with these few to raise up strong, fearless leaders. All the while, they refused to sit idle as God was opening their eyes, instead they began to spread the word of what God was doing in their own hearts through The Rejoice Project. Little by little, the villages started seeing a shift in their people! Parents witnessed their children serving one another, children were loving and serving their peers in humility and love, marriages were being restored, families were being strengthened and reunited and churches were growing exponentially! No one was exempt from hearing or experiencing what God was doing in those children and leaders.
Because of your investment, 16 leaders, from young to old, are now impacting over 9,000+ children in 25 schools. The teams are so large and vast now that we have elected three regional directors to help shepherd and guide the leaders. The directors are now meeting together with the teams and an awakening is present. Finally, discipleship and empowerment are happening all on their own and that is what we set out to see accomplished two years ago.
As this ministry continues to grow, God has confirmed for me that it is time to step down as community relations manager for Choose to Invest as of June 1st. I want to again reiterate my thankfulness to each of you, as donors, for your partnership with me in Gods redemptive plan for Kenya. NONE of it was possible without you and your faithful investment and partnership. This next season will be one of transition as my wife, Judy and I make our way back to the states. I can’t wait for you to meet her and share in the celebration of what God did these past two years in Kenya.