Friday, April 18, 2008

Great Times at Tenwek

We have had a meaningful and fun week with many highlights. We had 3 Kenyan interns over for dinner on Tuesday night. It was a sweet time of fellowship. They are such a kind and genuine people. They even ate all their American food filled plates. It was a sweet time of fellowship as we shared our hearts and prayed for each other. I encouraged them to continue to be bold and combine their faith with their medicine. They shared their faith building experiences when they were bold and took the time to share the love of Jesus with their patients. Since my time here I have seen that sometimes the doctors are less active at sharing Christ with their patients and tend to rely heavily on the chaplains. By God's grace if anything I pray that they might be renewed in their vision of Christ centered patient care. It certainly makes the long rounds, difficult patient cases, limited resources worth it when we can also be involved in Kingdom work.

Wednesday we hosted the weekly Bible study while the long term missionaries were away. We had a most amazing time of worship. Everyone was on their feet dancing to the Kenyan worship songs. We then opened the Word and I was able to lead the group in a study on God's heart for the nations throughout scripture from Genesis to Revelation. We broke up into small groups and prayed for the nations. It was such a sweet time and a taste of heaven.

Today Vanessa, Hudson and Marlene were able to go to an orphanage about 2 hours away on a very bumpy road. Apparently they had quite an adventure with getting stuck in mud 3 times, 1 flat tire in the rain and 4 grown adults in the back seat of a small car. When they got there Hudson was the biggest hit of all. The kids were so enamered with his white skin and fun personality. When they left the kids asked if Hudson could stay with them. Vanessa was a little hesitant to leave him of course. They have some great needs there like fresh water tanks, mattresses, school uniforms or maybe even a cow to provide them with milk. Might be a nice Sunday School project.

Please continue to pray for us and the people here. Thanks.


Kelly said...

As always, love reading your blog and getting the updates. Can't wait to hear even more when you get home. (Also, I like the new background template)

Anonymous said...

I don't want you to think that we've stopped praying or reading your blog, I just don't want to overflow your comment boxes! I have really enjoyed reading the updates from your's and Travis and Marlene's blog. (I can't figure out how to leave a comment on their blog). We are definitely still praying and crying along beside you!
See you soon, Dana Powell

Anonymous said...

Sounds great! You all look great, and I'm proud of you both for all you're doing. I love your hearts and obedience. I cannot wait to see you all!!!!

Anonymous said...

Hi Joneses! This is TimP (aka anonymous) ... thanks so much for your updates on the times yalls have had, it's a joy reading about what God is doing there! Keep writing!

Ruthie said...

What a wonderful opportunity you all have to experience the outrageous love of God. We are praying for you as you are serving the Lord. What a encouragement you are to all of us back home as you share the message of God's love, mercy and peace in that area of the world. I really have enjoyed reading and re reading all your comments. Sounds like your children have been a blessing to everyone. Isn't it precious how the Lord uses children to share his love. May God bless you all. Thank you for blessing us in your words and service.
Love in Christ, Ruthie

Anonymous said...

You shine bright for our Father! Thanks for sharing the stories of the kingdom of heaven where you are. He is glorified!

Anonymous said...

How great is our God! Sounds like He is showing Himself to you in ways unimaginable. Its awesome that you are serving Him and His children. We will pray that God provides adequate time for the patient care and also for family time (and that Jude would sleep well at night!). Keep up the great work! Can't wait to hear the whole story and see pics.
Chris & Lori Hagen

Becky said...

Hi Vanessa and Kyle,
Wanted to let you know that I've been enjoying your blog, but have just now created an account to leave you comments. I love all of your pictures as well - what amazing experiences you're having! Thanks so much for the post card as well. :) Our prayers are with you!
Love,Becky and family