Our precious visitors from Kenya are gone. They were such a joy!!!
I loved them the moment they walked into our house. And I don’t mean it in the “Jesus filled me with his love for them in spite of something” kind of way… I just mean that those were THE MOST LIKEABLE children I have EVER met in my life!!! They were outgoing, respectful, giggly, curtious, polite, singing, dancing, serving, helping, beautiful children. We hosted one 9 year old and two 12 year olds. I do not exaggerate when I say that I have NEVER in my life met any boys as amazing and likeable as the three of them were.
And here is the kicker… CJ, the intern who also stayed with us, said that it is simply the culture of Kenya. As far as Kenyans go, these children were the norm.
What are we doing wrong as Americans? And can someone from Kenya PLEASE give me lessons on how to raise a child!?!
From left to right: Julius (12), Mahinda (12), Caroline (2), and Peter (9)
They were on a mission to serve us, and everyone they came in contact with in America. Their show was amazing, and yes, that was a blessing to see. But I heard CJ tell the boys on Thursday night, “You are here to preach the gospel when you sing at concerts, but you also must preach the gospel all day and all night. Use your tools when you meet people… your joy, your smiles, your hugs, your kind words.”
As American Christians, our “tools” to open the door for ministry in other countries often begins with finances or business knowledge. I loved it that the “tools” these boys used to pave the way for the gospel to be preached were so simple… joy, smiles, hugs, and kind words. We could learn to use those tools more often.
Take it from someone who was blessed by these simple tools… THEY WORK! My heart praises God more for these Kenyan boys having visited us.