WOW!! Joe and I just arrived in Kenya this week. It’s hard to really describe how at home and content it feels to be here. We arrived after a lovely 42 hours of travel and Joe and I literally dropped our luggage, hopped straight on a piki piki (motorbike) from our hotel, and headed directly to the orphanage. We decided to be selfish for our reunion with our kids. Even though we brought a team of 11 other people with us we wanted to hug and squeeze them by ourselves for the first time. Going down the road to the orphanage was so surreal — I could feel my heart pounding and no matter how fast I ran I just couldn’t get there quick enough. Hugging and kissing their little faces was perfection. I just love these little bits. Honestly, I can’t even come up with words. With tears streaming down my face, I just soaked it in.
Since arriving, we have spent most of our time at the orphanage which I have loved. Hop scotch in the dirt, lots of giggles & snuggles, my babies always near – contentment tangible.
I have had Psalm 145 rolling around in my head a lot since I’ve been here. It is so easy to make much of Jesus here. Everything is right in your face — loving the one in front of you is so easy and simple. Yet I wonder…why is it so complicated at home? How can I carry that simplistic culture to love back to Ohio with me? I’m also always wrestling with the fact that so many live in suffering here and I live such a comfortable life at home. What do you do with that? I just keep meditating on Psalm 145:9
“The Lord is good to all, and his mercy is over all that he has made.”
It couldn’t be any clearer. I am just living in this Psalm right now and wanted to share. The full psalm reads:
I will extol you, my God and King,
and bless your name forever and ever.
Every day I will bless you
and praise your name forever and ever.
Great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised,
and his greatness is unsearchable.
One generation shall commend your works to another,
and shall declare your mighty acts.
On the glorious splendor of your majesty,
and on your wondrous works, I will meditate.
They shall speak of the might of your awesome deeds,
and I will declare your greatness.
They shall pour forth the fame of your abundant goodness
and shall sing aloud of your righteousness.
The Lord is gracious and merciful,
slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love.
The Lord is good to all,
and his mercy is over all that he has made.
All your works shall give thanks to you, O Lord,
and all your saints shall bless you!
They shall speak of the glory of your kingdom
and tell of your power,
to make known to the children of man your mighty deeds,
and the glorious splendor of your kingdom.
Your kingdom is an everlasting kingdom,
and your dominion endures throughout all generations.
The Lord is faithful in all his words
and kind in all his works.
The Lord upholds all who are falling
and raises up all who are bowed down.
The eyes of all look to you,
and you give them their food in due season.
You open your hand;
you satisfy the desire of every living thing.
The Lord is righteous in all his ways
and kind in all his works.
The Lord is near to all who call on him,
to all who call on him in truth.
He fulfills the desire of those who fear him;
he also hears their cry and saves them.
The Lord preserves all who love him,
but all the wicked he will destroy.
My mouth will speak the praise of the Lord,
and let all flesh bless his holy name forever and ever.
Our internet is pretty spotty here, but my goal is still to blog a good amount while we are here so that you can have a little peek into what we’re up to. Feel free to follow me on instagram at @meganeolewin for daily posts and updates, and check up on our teams’ beautiful instagram pictures using the hashtag #kenYEAH15.
Sending my love from Kenya,
*featured image by M. Ceurvorst