Today was supposed to be a short travel day to Lwala but nothing in Africa goes as planned. The hour and forty minute flight and 2 hour car ride ended up taking almost 8 hours. It is funny because from the air you get a sense of just how big Africa is...
...but on the ground the job is even bigger because there are so many people in need of help.
And some of them are extremely hard to reach. Those circles are actually huts and live stock corrals made from thorny brush. As you can see there is nothing for miles. That is why the work of the community officers is so important. They are responsible to know and monitor the needs of these families. How long was your commute today?
But when you get there the trip is worth it when you see God’s canvas.
However, the kids are even more beautiful than the view...
,,,and funny too. This kid pulled off a mega photo Bomb as I was trying to get a picture of me and my wife on this beautiful mountain. It's time for bed. We have a long day tomorrow as we meet the people of Lwala and find out how we can serve them. Thanks for following us on this trip.
The internet is crazy slow and unreliable here, but what can you expect people still live in houses made of sticks with no electricity or water? I can really only upload one picture from today. So if the saying a picture is worth a thousand words is true, this one speaks volumes. This is why we are here. This is the water the people drink. It is no wonder so many kids gets sick and die. The hardest part to accept about that is it is preventable, and when we get home we will tell you how.
Please keep sharing these posts. We want to come home and help as many of these people in Kenya as we can. Talk to you soon. Internet permitting.
People always ask me what is my favorite Bible verse and I always tell them John 11:35, “Jesus Wept.” I am not trying to be funny because it is the shortest verse in the Bible. I love that verse because of the story behind it which I will get to in a second.
We started today by flying in a tiny single engine plane to get to Marsabit. One problem, my wife is terrified of flying. I spent the last two days asking God to give her peace to get through this. I got emotional just after take off as I saw Mardi talking to the Pilot and actually laughing. He had managed to put her at ease, and I just sat there and thanked God for that. The way this ties into John 11:35 is Jesus wept when he saw the hurt that Mary and Martha had to go through after their brother Lazarus had died. Jesus knew that they had to go through that moment of sadness first before they would see God’s power and be witness to His greatness.
I knew Mardi was going to have a life altering experience but she just had to get through the thing that terrified her first. I am happy to say she did great and even flew the plane for a couple minutes.
We landed on a dirt runway lined with rocks in the middle of the desert. You could not accidentally stumble upon this place. Which means we have to be intentional about helping people. I love working with Blood Water Mission because the meet the physical needs of people as well as share Jesus with them.
These faces are why we go to such difficult places. They need water and Jesus. It is a privilege to help them get both.
Along the way we would hear people shout at us as we drove past them on the dusty , we’ll be kind and call them roads. I asked Claire our host what they were shouting. She said they were asking for water. This kind of leveled me. No one I know needs to beg on the side of the road for something so basic like water. It was a powerful reminder of why we are here.
We stopped under the shade of a tree to have a snack and I noticed a woman on the side of the road whom we had passed moments before. As we prepared our snack I knew I had to take her some water. How could I not? Here was the "least of these" staring me in the face. Think about the last time you were so thirsty you thought I am going to die. Obviously you weren't and you could solve your own problem. The people here do not have that ability, but the good news is we have the ability to start changing lives for families here immediately. Please keep sharing the story and pray about helping out during our "Tanks Mom" event with blood water mission when we return home from Kenya. Also please excuse any typos or or half post as we keep losing Internet and I'm trying to type this all the giant thumbs on an iPhone
You know you are in Africa when armed guards search your vehicle just to enter your hotel. Africa is my second home. It is a different world here, but one that I love.
We arrived late and spent the day acclimating and are now preparing to fly to Marsabit to see the work Blood Water Mission is doing there with the hopes of helping mothers in need get water for their families. The Internet , and sadly bathrooms, will be sketchy from here on out, but please follow along and share this with your friends as we really want to make this a special Mother's day for the moms in Kenya.
My wife is terrified of flying in big planes so the upcoming trip in a single engine 5 seat plane is freaking her out a bit. She sent a prayer request to 20 people at 3 a.m. in preparation. The up side is this will certainly bring her closer to God:) If you think about it please toss up a prayer for her today.
The next time we post we will be in the desert in Marsabit seeing first hand what life is like with limited water.
Rachel Cruze's new book, "Smart Money Smart Kids", co-written with her dad, financial guru Dave Ramsey, offers great advice for raising kids to make wise financial decisions. But it also explores the more pressing question…What's it like growing up as Dave Ramsey's kid?
Check out the full interview here.
What could make a game of Thin Ice between Wally and Olympic Gold Medal skater Scott Hamilton more fun? Snow balls.
Check out our full interview with Scott, including:
0:35: Paper or Plastic Quiz
5:00: Health issues as a kid
9:30: Fighting cancer
11:00: Helping Haiti with Live Beyond
If you're in the Nashville area, you can catch Scott April 22 at Live Beyond's annual fundraiser.
We saw this bit on Fallon and couldn't wait to do it with MercyMe. And the best part is they were on their way to a photo shoot right after this, so I respect them even more now.
Check out the full, extended edition of their visit, featuring a bunch of exclusive content that didn't make the air.
0:30– Bart's weight loss
3:45– Blood sugar test
11:45– Dealing with controversy
16:50– Getting past legalism
25:30– Developing musical style
29:25– Shake music video quiz
31:55– Egg Russian Roulette