The End

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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.

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IN AWE OF THE GOODNESS OF CHRIST

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This past month has been a month that I will never forget for the rest of my life! On April 12th, God allowed me to say, “I Do!” to Judy Wanjiku Mwihia, the woman of my dreams. It is a day that is forever burned in my mind when I stood in awe of the goodness of our God!

If you had jumped back in time two years ago, when I moved to Kenya, and told me that I would begin this journey with a woman, way out of my league, I would have told you are crazy. You see, I still harbored this underlying thought in my head that God’s goodness for my life had a beginning and an END point. That He would only be good to those who were faithful to Him. That His goodness was based solely on my actions, good or bad! Seeing this contradiction in my own heart of what was happening and what I thought, it led me to dig deeper into who God is and why He would walk with me to April 12th.

So I looked at the lives of Paul and Matthew and the past they had had with Jesus. Even in the midst of their rebellion and sin, God lavished on them His redemptive love. They made so many mistakes and committed so many sins against Him, before and after their conversions, yet God never stopped pursuing them or blessing them. It reminded me a lot of my own history. I had allowed so much to infiltrate my mind and control my actions in my life that I lost hope in God ever rescuing me from my past. I believed He wouldn’t even if he wanted too and so I carried that mentality into my relationships.

As I dug deep, I found a hard and unfair truth for us as sinful people to swallow in 2 Timothy 2:13. It says, “If we are unfaithful, he remains faithful. For he cannot deny who He is.” We live in a society that says, “you get what you give” or “that is what you deserve” but our God doesn’t live by those standards and He calls us to live above them. God revealed to me that April 12th wasn’t just about beginning a lifelong journey with my beautiful bride, He was showing me a beautiful picture of His faithful and constant redemption of my life! You see, I realized that day, Judy was and will always be the physical manifestation of Christ’s faithfulness to me. That no matter how tough life gets or how far I stray, I can look into Judy’s eyes and be reminded that God will never leave me and will remain faithful to me.

So now I want to encourage each of you, no matter what lies you are believing or how far you think you have strayed, remember 2 Timothy 2:13. He will redeem the broken pieces of you life and will most likely will use the people closest to you to do so. So I would ask you to open your eyes and see where your “Judy” is? Where is that person that God constantly uses to remind you of His faithfulness? He/she is out their and God is waiting for you to meet them!

OUT OF CONTROL!

Control is a very funny thing. We live each day working, eating, playing, sleeping and living our lives around this attitude of control. We think we have control of our jobs, control of our safety, our vacationing, our free time, our happiness, our families and ultimately our destinies. We all fall into this trap at some point or at many points in our lives and I am no exception to the fact. It wasn’t until God brought me to Ethiopia and the US, this january and february, that He really began to open my eyes to understand the truth about control. He brought me to this popular passage in Matthew and revealed it in a new light.

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25 “That is why I tell you not to worry about everyday life—whether you have enough food and drink, or enough clothes to wear. Isn’t life more than food, and your body more than clothing? 26 Look at the birds. They don’t plant or harvest or store food in barns, for your heavenly Father feeds them. And aren’t you far more valuable to him than they are?27 Can all your worries add a single moment to your life?

28 “And why worry about your clothing? Look at the lilies of the field and how they grow. They don’t work or make their clothing, 29 yet Solomon in all his glory was not dressed as beautifully as they are. 30 And if God cares so wonderfully for wildflowers that are here today and thrown into the fire tomorrow, he will certainly care for you. Why do you have so little faith?

31 “So don’t worry about these things, saying, ‘What will we eat? What will we drink? What will we wear?’ 32 These things dominate the thoughts of unbelievers, but your heavenly Father already knows all your needs. 33 Seek the Kingdom of God[a] above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need.

34 “So don’t worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring its own worries. Today’s trouble is enough for today.

What God is trying to get us to understand is that, CONTROL IS AN ILLUSION. And it is almost always preceded by worry! We never have control nor can we ever manipulate it. That is why God is speaking to us in Matthew 6 about the birds of the air and the flowers of the field. An interesting thought about birds are they don’t sit around lazily trying to control how and when God provides. No, they are diligent and hard working day in and day out trusting God to provide all their needs and He always does without fail. And think about your favorite flowers, God clothed them in such beauty and we marvel at them everyday but yet they do nothing to receive that beauty! They just “are” but yet God cares so much more for us than flowers. You see, neither the flowers nor the birds try to worry themselves into control of their destinies. They just do whats natural to them, trust God. And we have that same opportunity everyday to not even worry about tomorrow but focus on what is right in front of us today, trusting God

So my next thought was what do we do with our fears, concerns and needs that we have that are legitimate? if God doesn’t want us to worry or try to control them then what does He want us to do? Here is where it gets good cause of this verse I found in Philippians.

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6 “Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done.

7 Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.”

So God is telling us we get to pray, thank and tell Him every one of our needs, fears and concerns and He gives us a very distinct promise for us as His children. We receive the PEACE OF CHRIST! Not a temporary or fleeting peace but a peace that exceeds anything we can understand or imagine. And not only will we bask in this peace but it will also guard our hearts and minds against future attacks of the enemy to bring us to that place of control and worry again. What a promise…. PEACE that surpasses understanding!!!

So in a world filled with uncertainty there is peace and rest to be discovered in our lives today. But we have to ask ourselves the tough question, “Do I truly want it?” Only when we are truly willing to let go of control and worry will we encounter the everlasting peace of Christ in our lives! So are you willing to live OUT OF CONTROL?

Open your eyes!

It is curious to me how much we go about our days and never notice the small things in life. We are bombarded with the stress of work, the needs of the family, our finances, our health and the list goes on. We almost find it impossible to see through that thick fog of life in our everyday things. Being in Kenya is no exception for me, whether it is work, fundraising, doing my to-do lists or preparing for my wedding. The days just seem to fly by and all the while Jesus somehow seems distant and away and we cant seem to reign ourselves back into focus of Him. God has taught me an incredible insight that broke the mold of my everyday life and I want to take a second and share it with y’all.

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Last week, I was teaching three of our main Rejoice Project leaders in our monthly discipleship meeting. As part of the meeting, i walked them through a DVD series called, “Grace” by Louie Giglio. During Louie’s talk, he walked us through Ephesians 1 and really dove deep into the meat of that truth

It was in those moments that Paul’s encouragement to the church in Ephesus really came to life for me! Paul writes the church and had this to say:

Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, to the SAINTS who are in Ephesus, and are faithful in Christ Jesus: Grace and Peace to you from God our Father and our Lord Jesus Christ. Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, WHO HAS BLESSED US IN CHRIST WITH EVERY SPIRITUAL BLESSING IN THE HEAVENLY PLACES…..” 

Wait a second, Is this REALLY true about me as a child of God? Am I really given every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places? As I thought that, it was as if God confirmed my question and said, “YES Jon, Open your eyes to the blessings around you!”

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Louie related this passage to being able to just walk into Fort Knox and carry out as many gold bars as you could carry and boy was he right. When I allowed my mind to completely grasp the depth and joy about this simple truth, my perspecive has really begun to change. I think so many times in our lives we read through simple scriptures like Ephesians, we grab only the surface level and never really take the time to sit and digest the life changing potential it has!

Take a moment and look around you! What do you see? Your office, maybe your sitting in a starbucks, wathcing Tv at home or reading this on your phone on the run. We have so many blessings around us! Tv’s to enjoy, houses to shelter us from the weather, cell phones to access anyone in the world, parents that love us, cars to take us wherever we need to go, friends to hang out with, uncountable options for clothes to wear, safe running water to drink, toilets to sit on, books to read, accessibility to bibles, successful jobs, our health, shoes on our feet, finances to take vacations or just have fun as a family, comfortable beds to sleep on, Beautiful trees and flowers that provide oxygen for us everyday, a plethora of food choices, electricity whenever we want or need it, gas to cook our food or fuel our cars, air readily available to breathe, internet to access the world across, children to fill our lives with joy, accessibility to hospitals, tables to have dinner at, couches to rest on, or even loving brothers, like the little guy in the picture below, who let his younger brother fall asleep on his lap. Our lives are bombarded with blessings yet we just become so accustom to them that we miss out on the true intended purpose of them.

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That day, after hearing Ephesians 1, I began to look at the blessings around and God revealed to me the true intended purpose of His blessings. Being so overwhelmed with all that God had showered in blessing upon me I could not help but worship and praise my God and give them back to Him. That is the key purpose of all of our blessings around us, WORSHIP! When we begin to understand the depth of the blessing that are in our lives, we cant help but worship Our Creator because we understand we don’t deserve any of it but He is constantly and freely giving them to us! I could not believe it, all of those selfish desires and worries just melted away in the light of all the blessings that surrounded me! All I could do was say, “thank you, thank you, thank you” to Him! God’s heart in blessing us is that we never cease in worshipping Him and returning all of the blessings back to him to be used for His glory.

So I would encourage us all that no matter where we come from or what we have, to see His blessings all around us! They are bountiful and constant whether we want them or not. He is good and He has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing and all He is asking is that we OPEN OUR EYES!

The faithfulness of God shown through a little boy

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I wanted to share with you something beautiful that God showed me in the community of Segera!

The morning was a rough morning for me personally as I was struggling with some things and going under great spiritual attack. I was struggling to believe in and receive the Grace of our God. He seemed so small, distant and disappointed in me like a father becomes disappointed in His son. I felt stuck and alone as I sat in the cab of the truck driving us into Segera.

When we arrived, our project we had planned to help the community dig trenches for a new water line was canceled. I met the news with a lot of frustration and disappointment in God! “God, why would you change things up? Why would none of the community members show up? I was looking so forward to spending that time with the community members and working together.” All of those thoughts came rushing into my head as we discussed what to do with all the extra time.

Next to where the trenches were being dug was a nursery school with about sixty young kids enjoying their break they had from class. As I was scanning the crowd of children and americans interacting and playing together, there was one boy that made eye contact with me. He looked straight at me and came running at me. Once he reached me, he jumped into my arms and wrapped his arms around my neck. He clung to me like I was his dad and he had not seen me for years! He had the biggest and sweetest smile that I had ever seen! He glowed with joy for Jesus as we walked around and talked. His grip on my neck never let up and at times he was chocking me! LOL

I kept thinking, “who is this boy and why is he holding onto me?” I could not figure out why this had happened as I continued to hold him. I then set him down and went to a meeting we were having in the truck. As we sat there, I could see him sitting next to my bag I had left outside. He never got up from where I left him, he just patiently sat there like the dad of the prodigal son waiting for his son to return.

And then, all the sudden it dawned on me! Jesus was the little boy! He knew just what I needed and was faithful to shower his love and mercy on me in the midst of my fleshly thoughts that day! He HADN’T forgotten about me or been disappointed with me but was always there loving me through this little boy the whole time! Just like the little boy squeezing my neck, He wasn’t gonna let me go until I surrendered to His love!

I could not believe it, God would use the most unlikeliest of person, a child, to shower his presence on me that day! I felt so overwhelmed and thankful to Him!

I want to encourage you in whatever you are walking through in the season and path God has you on that He IS with you and loves you! Just like the little boy, He will reveal himself to you in His timing and His timing is perfect! Press into Jesus today and trust in His promises and His Love! We will NEVER let us down

New Video

I just wanted to let you guys know of a new video that my friend Johnny just finished for me! He came up to me while I was making all of my preparing to move to Kenya last year and shared how he wanted to shoot a video for me. He wanted to capture all of my thoughts, anxieties, joys, expectations and desires of my upcoming move and even my parents thoughts as well! He then put them into this video for me and you to look at and remember.

 

Then at the end of my time in Kenya, he will shoot another video to capture ALL of the amazing things that God did during my time in Kenya. All the anxieties that melted away,  my expectations that were exceeded, my desires fulfilled, and joys exceeded! I can’t wait to share with you in this video journey that we are embarking on! God is gonna do BIG things and i am excited that you and I get a front row seat!

So I am excited to introduce this first video to you guys! Here it is, ENJOY:  

https://vimeo.com/lovecomerescueus/jonfox

“Who do you say I am?”

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This has been the question I have pondered these past few months. Is God faithful? Is he provider? Is He listening? Gracious? Forgiving? All powerful? Sovereign? Loving? Patient? Kind? Forgetful? Fair? Humble? Dependable? All of these thoughts have crossed  our minds at one time or another in our lives and I am no exception! Thinking about them brought me back to my childhood.

Growing up in church as a youth pastors kid, I was taught to memorize these characteristics and have them stored away to be pulled out in certain situations in my future. As a result, I grew up with such a great head-knowledge of these attribute but never truly believed or experienced them. I was told God was always listening, He was always dependable, was always faithful, and always loving but it never seemed tangible in my life.

It wasn’t until accepting Christ, and walking with Him, it became clear that these truths of God’s character become real when we experience them. Then and only then do they transfer themselves from our conscious knowledge to become rooted in our hearts. Having a head knowledge does nothing more than give us a false sense of understanding. We must experience God’s love when we need it most, His provision when we are at our wits end, His forgiveness when we have burnt all our bridges with everyone else, His patience when we choose lesser pleasures than Him alone! That is when life and the foundations of our faith truly begins to take shape.

This past march has been no exception for me! No matter whether I have discipling the men of Rejoice Project, helping teach in the schools, or repairing things at the Invest house God has used those times to challenge my very basic core beliefs in His character. But, at the same moment so graciously walking with me through it. At such a pivotal time in my life, as God and I are blazing a trail together to my future in Kenya, God has showered me with His faithfulness, His provision, His love, His kindness, His Hope, and His forgiveness to truly begin to allow me to experience them on a heart level! For the first time in a long time, I feel I am living my life rooted in His truths and beginning to believe He is who He says He is!

So as God has been challenging me with this question, i want to plant it in your mind as well. “Who do you say I am?” I would encourage you to dig deep into recesses of your heart and ask God to show you those truths that you have memorized your whole life but have never truly allowed to penetrate your heart. Ask Him to make them not just a knowledge of the head but an experience that awakens your heart! As I am experiencing, you will find yourself one step closer to Him and also enjoying the freedom that can only be found in Him!

A place ripe for God’s harvest, Segera

Drive about four and a half hours north of Nairobi and you will land in the community of Segera! Segera got it’s start partnering with The 410 Bridge between 2009-2010.Kenya Community map Segera final

Population: Segera is the biggest of all the communities that I work in. Contrary to it’s size, Segera has a relatively low population of around 5,000 people. Most of their low population is resulting from people being very spread apart from each other resulting in many people having never heard the gospel.

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One of the Masai Rejoice team members, Daniel

Tribe: My favorite part of Segera is that it is not just made up of one tribe but of 11. Samburu, Turkana, Masai, Meru, Pokot, Kalenjin, Redille, Boran, Somali, Luhyia, and Kikuyu are the main tribes you will find there but may also run into a couple other tribes peppered throughout! Despite culture that teaches kenyans to live segregated lives and support ONLY their own tribe, the people of Segera have learned to live together and intermingle peacefully.

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Landscape: Segera is one of the hottest places I travel to. With it settled close to the base of Mount Kenya, you will find temperatures easily reaching 100 degrees while receiving very little rain. This in turn leaves them with a barren dusty place able to produce very little to no food and water in little supply . But, despite all the challenges, you will find the people of Segera adapting to life well here!

Food: With the temperatures and lack of rain, shambas(garden) are very hard to keep growing. But you will find some tribes like Masai’s buying and selling sheep and goats to make an income to provide for their families.

Most of the food you will find in Segera would be Chapati, Mandazi, Rice, Mukimo(, Ugali(like grits), Beef, Chicken, and Sukumawiki(like spinach). Most of these are not able to be grown so they are purchased at local markets.

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Animals: Segera is located right next to Sweetwaters Game Reserve so you will find a big diversity of animals. Dogs, cats, cows, chickens, goats, zebras, impala, elands,  warthogs and many exotic birds are just a few you will encounter when you make a trip here. This is one of my favorite places to go for the animals cause you will just find zebras right beside the road just grazing away! I have even had the opportunity to herd them using a car!

Transportation: This is one of the most challenging parts of living in Segera! It is bigger than Ngaamba which means that traveling is very difficult. You will find a lot of people walking many miles either to school, work, or to find grazing ground for their animals. Most of the time though you will find people using motorbikes or cars to get to where they need to go. But those that can’t afford cars or bikes are forced to spend a majority of their day walking to get to their destination.

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Segera Rejoice Project Team

Rejoice Project: The reason I called this post a place ripe for God’s harvest is because of all the communities Segera is the most tribal, holding dearly to there traditions. There are so many Masai people inhabiting the area that still hold dearly to these traditions. Female circumcision, marrying girls off at ages of 13 or 15, and not treasuring education are just a few of the scary things I see.

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Lucas teaching at Endana Primary School

But, from the ashes of these cultural rituals, there rose a Rejoice Project team of 17 people hungry to see the next generation of children live a life of worship to Jesus and not rituals. This team started a little less than a year ago and have never lost traction since. At one of our first meeting, we got to hear each one of there testimonies and I was just humbled by their passion for Jesus and the children in their community! They are so eager to see awakening in their community and in their own hearts! They have a passion that is infectious. We even have five of the team members being Masai’s eager to tell their own people about Jesus. The Segera Rejoice Project team currently visits 3 different schools ministering to around 1,200 children.

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Two of the Masai’s on the Rejoice Team, Malachi and Major

Within each one of these communities, God is doing BIG things in the hearts of the people and the children. Jesus is awakened and empowered His people to live a life worthy of the calling they have received. Traditions are changing and communities are coming back to Jesus thanks to your faithfulness! Would you please continue to join me in covering each one of these communities in prayer as I continue to disciple and minister with the people in each community!

Kinangop: A fertile land full of God’s beauty!

2-3 hours north of Nairobi lies the area called Kinangop. Kinangop is comprised of three sister communities called Kwambekenya, Karima and Kiria.

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POPULATION: Kinangop’s population is added up to roughly 10,500 people. Broken down there are 5,000 people in Kwambekenya, 3,000 in Karima and 2,500 in Karima.

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TRIBE: Kinangop is comprised of almost all Kikuyus. The Kikuyu tribe is the largest tribe group making up 22% of Kenya’s population. They have been very influential in the economic and political trajectory of Kenya’s past, present and futures having the first ever president being Kikuyu.

They also used to have friendly relations with the Maasai tribe but now have close ties to the Kamba Tribe.

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LANDSCAPE: Kinangop is perhaps one of the most beautiful and fertile lands I have ever visited. Surrounded by a river and situated at the base of the Aberdare Mountains, Kinangop is a very fertile land blessed with bountiful rain and incredible crop growth. Because of abundant rain, you will feel like you are not in Kenya by the amount of green vegetation you will see everywhere!

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Because of Kinangop’s abundance, agriculture is the main source of their income selling some of their crops to provide for their families, churches and communities.

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CLIMATE: Kinangop surprises a lot of people when they visit because of it’s very shifting climate. During the day you can expect 70 degree cloudy skies, while at night seeing the temperature plummet to a chilly 30-40 degrees. Almost every day, you can count on either heavy rain and a thunderstorm with the occasional hail storm mixed in as well. Because of the daily rain there crops are able to grow at a rapid rate.

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FOOD: The common food you will find in Kinangop is collards, spinach, carrots, potatoes, peas, maze(corn), and beans.

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Most meals you will enjoy are Githeri(Maize and beans), Mukimo(mashed green peas and potatoes), Irio(Mashed beans, maize and potatoes) and Ugali (similar to grits) mixed with beef, chicken or goat and finished off with a hot cup of Chai Tea.

ANIMALS: You will find most of the common farm animals we have in the US. Cows, dogs, cats, goats, sheep, and chickens are some you will find. Among all those animals there used to be elephants roaming around in Kinangop. But when the elephants started eating the kikuyus crops and threatening their lives the government built an electric fence so that they would never have to worry about elephants again.

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TRANSPORTATION: With Kwambekenya, Karima and Kiria next to each other, they make up a very big area meaning transportation is difficult and at times costly. Transportation is very similar to Ngaamba with most people, Children and parents, having to walk long distances to get to school or work. Piki Pikis (motorcycles) taxis can also be used to get around for a moderate price.

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REJOICE PROJECT: Kwambekenya, Karima and Kiria are new to the Rejoice Project program. July of 2012 the three communities joined forces and formed the first ever Kinangop Rejoice Project Team. Consisting of seven members, the team was so excited to be trained and to teach their children about Jesus and His unending love for each child.

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Being so new, the team is currently in two schools teaching bible stories, doing dramas, playing games and doing art projects seeing Jesus change the hearts of the children. The team is excited to see God moving in the hearts of their children through Rejoice and are empowered to see other people jump onto the Rejoice Project team as God continues to move in Kinangop.

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Ngaamba, the birthplace of Rejoice Project

Ngaamba is a semi arid community situated three hours south of Nairobi(capital City).africa_map22

POPULATION: Roughly 20,000 people live in Ngaamba making it the largest community we visit! Ngaamba is so large it was split up into 4 sections (Ngaamba north, south, central and west).

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TRIBE: Ngaamba is made up of two main tribes, Kamba tribe and the Masai tribe. In the past, Kambas and Masai’a would steal and fight each other over cattle and land but have since come to create peace and unity between themselves up to today. There peace came about because of there coming to faith in Jesus and growing faith in God’s provision!

LANDSCAPE: Ngaamba is what most people picture when they think of Kenya. With very BIG rolling hills, uncountable acacia trees, and red Kenyan dirt, Ngaamba exudes a beauty that cannot be found anywhere else! Along with Ngaamba’s unique landscape, it also is backdropped by Mount Kilimanjaro (Largest free standing mountain in the world).

CLIMATE:  Temperatures range from 80-100 degrees during the day and dropping to around 60 at night consistently. Ngaamba is a place that rarely gets to see very much rain making it very dry, dusty and a difficult climate for growing there crops in there shambas(gardens).

FOOD: There usual crops they grow are Maze(corn), Cow peas, Beans, Sukumawiki (like spinach), cabbage, mangos, oranges, avocados, paw paw(like cantelope) and pumpkins.103_6709

ANIMALS: You can find several different types of animals in Ngaamba. Giraffes, gazelles, goats, cows, dogs, cats, and so many beautiful birds are just some of the animals you can find there. Just recently, Cheetahs and Jaguars have also been spotted coming into Ngaamba to find food. In there neighboring community ,Kui, you can find lions but they are few and far between now because of a Masai ritual that requires boys to kill a lion in order to reach manhood.

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REJOICE PROJECT: While being the biggest community we visit, it is also the birthplace of Rejoice Project! 4 years ago a group of Kenyan men and women from Ngaamba expressed a need to see the next generation of youth in there community  TRULY understand who God says they really are! From this birthed the Rejoice Project using dramas, games and hands-on activities to drive home the depth of God’s love for each child.

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Since it’s conception in 2010, The Rejoice Project has exploded in Ngaamba! There is no longer just one team but three, teaching the truth of Jesus in 12 schools, 7 churches and 13 sundays schools! God has truly began to awaken children, families, churches, and college students to the truth of their true identities in Christ. The teams in Ngaamba have also been pivotal in helping plant new Rejoice Project teams in 5 other villages around Kenya.

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I have had the privilege of being a small part in God’s BIG story of redeeming the people of Ngaamba and Kenya back to Himself! I have been able to walk alongside these men and women, as I have discipled them, and see God use them in mighty ways as they have awakened, discipled and empowered the next generation of youth. Children are coming to accept Jesus as there personal Savior, families are being awakened to the truth of God’s love and calling for each of them, and churches are being transformed!

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In the End, despite all of the dryness, long distance walking and lack of rain lies a people of GREAT faith! No matter what their circumstances are they are always seeking after Jesus and relentlessly relying on Him for EVERYTHING! They display a joy I have never seen in my life! A joy that cannot be pinpointed, figured out or explained away. It is simply a joy that they have allowed Jesus to Write on the DNA of their hearts! As a result God has blessed Ngaamba beyond measure! He has blessed them physically with Rejoice Project, increased rains, and  people returning to there creator are just skimming the surface of what God is continuing to do in Ngaamba!