In the past couple of weeks, I feel like I have been watching ripples going out in the Marketplace Ministry. And it has been a great joy, as well as fascinating.
|Friends Women Conference, sitting out in the hot sun.|
|Friends Youth Conference|
Additionally, last Sunday I had the opportunity to invite the newly hired Marketplace Ministry Coordinator, Alfred Kibairu, to teach the class in Kakamega on Cost Analysis (which has been historically one of the more difficult classes for people to feel comfortable teaching). He rocked it! He did a better job than I would have done! More ripples.
Then on Friday, we had a mentoring meeting with the Kitale group, but we also had a farewell lunch for the principal of the Africa Theological Seminary (ATS). So, I sent Alfred and Jeff ahead to the meeting and I remained behind to say a few words at the lunch. When the lunch was over, I texted Alfred and Jeff to see how it was going and decide if I should still go, even though the time was almost up. They both said that everything was going great and there was no need for me to come. That felt great! More ripples.
There are multiple drops in the pool. And as the ripples are spreading out, there are equipped people to carry it forward. Considering that when I started this work in January I was by myself, I am encouraged that just 11 months later, there is a team and a denomination pushing this forward. And not just pushing it forward through me, but pushing it forward on their own.
Watching the ripples go out, quietly, on their own, growing wider as they go. A great joy. Fascinating to watch.
Another great joy is that my children are coming to Kenya tomorrow and will be here for a month! We will celebrate Christmas and New Years together. They will then take a class at ATS which will count for their interim class at Calvin. I get them all to myself - with no jobs to distract them, or friends, or even TV! I can't wait to see them and pamper them for a bit. Plus I think they are ready for some warm weather!