Posts Tagged ‘Missions’

Because You Now Have My Heart

Saturday, April 2nd, 2011

A friend, Sarah Reiswig, recently went on a trip to Kenya. She wrote the following about the trip. My heart was touched and I sought and obtained Sarah’s permission to share it further. Mission trips are life and perspective-changing experiences. If you have not gone on a mission trip yet, you should. You will be blessed. Thank you Sarah for allowing me to share your thoughts from Kenya.

Because You Have My Heart

I haven’t been back in Canada for 24 hours, and I feel like I left part of myself behind.  As I’m assuming I didn’t leave it in the Heathrow Airport, I can only conclude that I left my heart in Kenya. So I decided to compile this list of things Kenya taught me, to try to bring some closure to the sadness I’m feeling.

1. I learned that the most important thing when visiting a country is developing relationships. Eric Rajah modeled that…he and his wife showed me things that I will take to heart for the rest of my life. Everywhere we went, every hotel we stayed at, he would bring out the security staff, the housekeeping staff, the waiters, etc…etc…and thank them and give them a gift.  They loved it.  Heck, we loved it!!  And neither of us will ever forget it.

2. I learned to ask questions.  One of the schools on the Masai Mara was built by A Better World because Eric saw a man teaching a group of kids under a tree, and stopped his driver, got out and asked what this man was doing.  Today, they have a beautiful school, accessible clean water (women used to have to trek miles to get water) and, in a culture where women’s education is traditionally discouraged, almost half the students are female.

3. I learned you don’t need rules on the road:)  I’m being tongue-in-cheek here, of course. But there’s a real testament to our safari drivers that they got us safely all around Kenya…and managed to look completely unconcerned and slightly bored.  Plus, people don’t seem to have road rage here. They’re cutting each other off, passing each other with only a hair’s breadth between them and oncoming traffic, and NO ONE GETS MAD!!!  In fact, they have special waves and signals to help each other out.  Our Canadian drivers could learn a lot…(They also have speed bumps on the highway, which I personally founnd hilarious.)

4. I learned about hospitality.  If a Masai warriour came to my house and wanted to see what it looked like inside, I would, in the words of Desirea “call the police”!!!! And yet, these people brought us into their homes, answered all our probing questions, and made us feel welcome. Wherever our vans went, little kids would run out of their homes and wave wildly. Their homes weren’t anything great by our standards, but it was their home… and we were honored to be allowed to step into their world for a little while.

5. I learned that there are some exceptional teenagers at PAA.  I’m kind of afraid of teenagers, even when I was a teenager (talk about AWKWARD) but this trip with this particular group showed me that we could learn a lot from them.  They have a perspective on life that is refreshing…and the comedy that they provided was top-notch.

6. I learned that we’re somewhat spoiled by Canada’s healthcare.  Sure, we have long wait times…but at least we get a bed to ourselves.  We visited the labor and delivery floor in Nakuru hospital. Often there were indeed two women to a bed.  And I’ve had patients complain that they didn’t have a room to themselves.

7. I learned the value of medications. I know this makes me sound kind of like an addict, but I don’t know what I would have done without Cold and Sinus medication, Pepto-Bismol, and Imodium.  Glorious Imodium.  If it were personified, it would be a knight in shining armour.  Riding a horse named Pepto.

8. I learned that I don’t really need a watch to be on time.  Andrea (my friend who accompanied me) had brought two watches, I had brought none.  Within the first few days, both her watches went kaput.  We learned to tell time by the sun (it always rose at about 6:30) and by listening to see if the other people we were with were getting up, etc. We were only late once, and that was when her watches were still working.

9. I learned that I don’t need to be a parent to love a child so much my heart hurts. There are 6000 orphans wandering the streets of Nakuru on any given night. There are 64 orphanages in this same city working frantically to make a dent in this number. I met two exceptional little boys at the orphanage we visited; Greg, who is about 10-going-on-22 and Jonathan with the bright eyes and the dimples.  They both latched onto me the first day, and I was smitten.  I’m sponsoring them, not because I’m a great person, but because I can’t bear to let them go. Come to think of it, they’re probably the thieves who took the part of me that’s now missing.  Little rascals…thank you…

Kenya, I don’t know why you let this wasteful, wealthy-by-comparison, ignorant North American girl see your secrets. I certainly didn’t deserve it.  But now that you’ve shown me your breath-taking scenery, your amazing wildlife, let me meet your beautiful people and wonderful children…I don’t want to let you down.  I want to take this experience with me and not waste it. I want to do something with it, however small. Because it will matter to someone…

…and because you now have my heart.—Sarah Reisweg

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Some Thoughts on Prayer

Saturday, January 29th, 2011

“The evangelization of the world in this generation depends first of all upon a revival of prayer.” Rober Speer

“Prayer and missions are as inseparable as faith and works, because it is by prayer that the laborers must be provided. “Pray ye …therefore the Lord of the harvest that He send forth laborers into His harvest.” We think of laborers too often as being just those who have gone out on the fields. Those of us who pray are laborers too, and such laborers are also needed.” Anonymous

“We talk a great deal about ways of doing things. We plan and organize and are willing to work very hard but we do not pray. We are willing to spend the whole afternoon in club meeting, in committee meetings or in social visiting, but cannot take time to pray together. Besides the regular missionary meeting we should have in all of our societies special meetings for prayer.”

“I would rather train ten men to pray than a hundred men to preach.” We cannot all preach, but we ought all be able to pray.” George MacGregor

“Missions begun in prayer, are sustained in prayer and will spread only as those who love them unite in a fellowship of hearts to advance upon their knees.” Mrs. Montgomery

“Believing, intercessory, fervent, loving, undiscouraged and unselfish prayer will win the whole church to sympathy with the great purpose of the Master.”

These were found in the Herald of Gospel Liberty, Vol. 103

My heart is cheered that many young adults have decided to commit quality time to praying early in the day and at other times. I believe we all need to do the same thing. It will raise the spiritual temperature in our hearts and in the lives of those around us.

Won’t you join us in praying!

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He Made Everything A Matter of Prayer

Monday, October 4th, 2010

I send out a short note to encourage accountability and prayer and Bible study almost every day. I am going to try and send it to my blog as well so that others can also read it who are not on the direct mailing list. Please write if you want to be on the list directly.

Good morning!

I confess to being distracted by a biography of Louis Harms this weekend. I’ve been reading right along, but Harms accomplished amazing things, and thus I have found it hard to take the time to write the daily note. Please forgive me.

Like Muller, Harms made everything a matter of prayer. He was absolutely convinced that God would come through, and God never disappointed him. He was the pastor in a poor district in Northern Germany. His members were farmers and tradesman. Spirituality had at one time been of such a low ebb in his church that his members had been caught passing a bottle of alcohol from member to member during the preaching. So he prayed. God answered by bringing an awakening that lasted 17 years. He also began organizing his church to do mission service since he was convinced that mission service would maintain the spiritual health of his members. First he bought a farm on ten acres to use as a training institute since he knew he would have to prepare his members to go out as missionaries. Later he had a ship built since God directed him that way–the educated people around thought he was crazy, and reminded of his lack of funds. Eventually he began sending out trained self-reliant missionaries–first to Africa, and later to other continents. He also began a ministry for ex-convicts and began a missionary publication that soon had 13,000 subscribers. Not bad for seven years of effort.

When needing wisdom he prayed. When lacking funds he prayed. God responded every time. Like Muller, Harms didn’t let others know what was needed since he was opposed to beggars of any kind. He also accepted God’s providential leadings in his life, which often included pain since he developed rheumatism early in life. In this regard, he commented: “It is true that I suffer much everyday,” he said, “and more every night. I do not wish it otherwise. My Savior is my physician. I love to lie awake the entire night, because I can then commune with Him.”

From what I have read of Harms, I am pretty certain he would have said that daily Bible study and prayer were the key to God’s blessing in his life. So how are you doing? Did you spend time reading the Bible today? Praying? Is God responding? Are you obeying God’s promptings? I hope so.

Father in heaven, if you were able to do such a work in and through Louis Harms, can’t you do the same in and through me? Can’t you do the same in my friend? I am convinced you can. Please bless my friend this day. Prompt Bible study, prayers and communing with Yourself. Then prompt directions. Help my friend to respond in obeying. I ask this in Jesus’ name, Amen.

You can find more about him at the Louis Harms page at

I will shortly have audio and other resources from my most recent trip to the South Pacific. I believe the series presented were greatly blessed of the Holy Spirit.

God bless you today!