Jambo from Africa!

Dylan Caulder at Naomi's VillageI don’t even know where to begin to describe all the work that the Lord has been doing in the two and a half weeks that I have been here. Time is going by WAY too fast, and I am not okay with that. I have gotten to experience and see more things than I ever imagined. My heart breaks more and more every day for this country. For the majority of the trip, we have been staying at Naomi’s Village, which is an orphanage in a city that I don’t know how to spell in Kenya. We have spent so much time loving on the kids here, and it has been incredible to see the love of the Lord in each and every one of the kids.

[pullquote style=”left”]“But we have this treasure in jars of clay, to show that the surpassing power belongs to God and not to us. We are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not driven to despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed; always carrying in the body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be manifested in our bodies.” — 2 Corinthians 4:7-10[/pullquote]

One thing the Lord has been teaching me the entire time I have been here is the beauty that is found in brokenness. This trip has been an emotional rollercoaster from day one, but it has caused me to be more and more dependent on the Lord. The passage that has been key for me throughout this whole trip has been (right):

It is encouraging to know that the brokenness I have faced and the walls that the Lord has been breaking down are all for the sake of the Gospel. My weakness provides a perfect way for the power and strength of the Lord to prevail. As 2 Corinthians 12:9 says, “But he said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made PERFECT in weakness.’ Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weakness, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me.”

I could go on and on about how much love and passion I have in my heart for this country. I know that when I leave here in 10 days, it won’t be my last time here. We have been able to touch so many hearts in the days we have been here, as well as be humbled by all the beautiful people we have had the opportunities to meet. I still have 10 days left, so I know the Lord still has so much work to do. I can’t wait for each day to unfold and continue the journey of what is becoming the greatest month of my life.

Dylan Caulder

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