Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Now that I have seen....

I am responsible.

People often wonderful why I have thrown my heart and soul into Missions of Hope in Kenya. Though this video and song are about Rwanda, they express my heart for Kenya and my hopes for Kenyans. I have been to Kenya several times.  I have seen the poverty and the hardship with my own eyes, and now I am responsible.

Lyrics to "Albertine"

I am sitting still
I think of Angelique
her mothers voice over me
And the bullets in the wall where it fell silent
And on a thousandth hill, I think of Albertine
there in her eyes what I don't see with my own

now that I have seen, I am responsible
Faith without deeds is dead
now that I have held you in my own arms, I cannot let go till you are

I am on a plane across a distant sea
But I carry you in me
and the dust on, the dust on, the dust on my feet

I will tell the world, I will tell them where I've been
I will keep my word
I will tell them Albertine

I am on a stage, a thousand eyes on me
I will tell them, Albertine
I will tell them, Albertine

Though I am not on a stage with a thousand eyes on me and my platform is small in the scheme of things;  the work(s) I do are what I can do  in my own circumstances, and I am willing.  I will tell the world.


Since I last wrote about the missions, my friend Jonah, overseer of the Missions of Hope, contracted typhoid fever while in Uganda at his convocation and he has been in hospital.  Also Edwin, the young man in the photo above who is battling cancer, has been hospitalized. Please keep them in your prayers.


If you have already started thinking about Christmas gifts for family and loved ones in 2012, you might want to consider giving of a different nature this year. Missions of Hope has some unique gift ideas for you. Click here.

I have also started to add items to my Etsy shop. You can see the items here. More will be added over the coming days.  All proceeds go to the Missions of Hope.


Denise said...

Praying for Jonah.

Lonicera said...

Poor Jonah! It's never ending, isn't it? Just when he thought he'd got to the next stage with his career. Lots of good thoughts going his way.

SandyCarlson said...

Your post touches my heart.

Joyful said...

Thank you for your prayers, Denise. We appreciate them so much.

Joyful said...

Yes, Caroline, Jonah has had a huge burden in the last several months and we are praying for more supporters to help him. Thank you for your kind thoughts.

Joyful said...

Sandy, I'm grateful that my post has touched you. Thank you for your visit.

Farida said...

Jonah's story is indeed touching. I'm sure there are many more out there with the same story. God bless you for having a kind heart! :)

Joyful said...

Thank you for your visit, Farida. x

Sr Crystal Mary Lindsey said...

Now that I have seen, I am responsible
Faith without deeds is dead
now that I have held you in my own arms, I cannot let go till you are

It makes you realise doesn't it... We have so much and they have so little.
Love the song, and the singer, how sweet and beautiful she is..

I give to orphans for Christmas.
And we don't go all out at Christmas with lots of food and gifts.. Ours is low key with a family time and love shared. xxx

Joyful said...

Crystal Mary, you've captured the message of the video and my work so well. If a few people will be impacted and their ways changed to realize how much they have and how much God can help them do that would be awesome. Only God can provide through others and only God can change hearts. Of course this message is not for those that already doers of the word and not hearers only. Each of us has a sphere of influence. Someone new may read these words and feel a tug in their heart to join the effort for the Kenyans I love so much. Hugs, and glad you made it home safely. xx

Anonymous said...

I am glad that you are passionate about helping this cause, and may God bless you for all the things you do!

Joyful said...

Thank you for your kind words. God bless you.

Jan said...

How amazing are those words? And you Penny. So sad to hear of the news. Thankful for those who like you are helping and all those who are responsible for something/someone. It's huge!

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