Stepping into the unexpected…

I sat in front of her, as  she worked…feeling small in the big blue plastic chair, wrapping my feet around the legs and then swinging them back and forth as I watched her work. Her fingers moved easily and quickly as she slipped the beads over top of the string. She spoke in a soft voice, full of a quiet persistent, passion.

As the other women bustled about the room, she was at peace with me and with the conversation. She described growing up in Kibera, and how God had provided her with the opportunity to move to another part of town in 2007. She talked about her calling to this community, which was her home, her history. The place that had made her who she is.

She wanted to be near her friends, doing something that mattered. She talked about her desire to see the women of Kibera develop their skills and build their future…particularly women living with HIV. She shared about the bible studies that the ladies do together on Wednesdays because though they want to grow their ministry, they want to follow God more.

I discovered Power Women Group in Kibera, sort of on a whim. I had noticed the building every day on my short walk to school, but had never gone inside. It always brought a smile to my face when I saw the Mamas and all the babies sitting in front, chatting, working and playing together.

Then on my way home for lunch one day…I remembered that I needed to get some measurements done on a dress I need to have made. I was walking by their building at the time, and felt the Holy Spirit prompting me to go in.

So, I did.

As all the Mama’s gathered around me, poking, lifting, moving, measuring and recording, we laughed our way through the unexpectedness of the moment.

It wasn’t this super powerful or sacred or Holy connection…but it was funny. Mostly for them. And a bit awkward. Mostly for me.

But in that moment, I knew I was where I was supposed to be.

Preparing for this trip, I knew I had to be flexible. But I’m now coming to understand that flexible is an understatement. What I’m really learning to be is OPEN.

Open to His leading. Open to his directing of my paths.

Open to His hand in my ministry, in my life.

And as much as I have been praying that He would go before me and prepare the way, I am learning that sometimes, He shows me the way of my steps as I take them.

Because “The heart of man plans his way, but the LORD establishes his steps”. Proverbs 16:9.

In order to move in the direction He wants me to go…I need to listen to His quiet voice and follow.

It is my desire to get to know these women more, to be their friend. So if you pray, you might pray for that. I have such a desire to support them in some way, and to learn from all the wisdom they have to offer.  I’m hoping God will show me what part of my heart I can give to them, because I know without a doubt, I will be leaving with a bit of theirs in mine.

 

* In this season leading up to Kingdom Journeys, I am serving in the Kenya…and God is showing me more of how He loves His daughters all around the world. I can’t wait to see how the things I’m learning now will impact His Kingdom as through Beauty for Ashes and Kingdom Journeys! Thanks so much for being a part of this story !
Kim is a passionate disciple of Jesus, who has a heart to see women join hearts and hands as they step into their identity as daughters of the King. She believes that when united in Christ, women have the power to change the world, and is determined to let her scars tell their story as she walks alongside her sisters. Kim is from Toronto, Ontario, where she has worked as an elementary school teacher for the past few years. She has a heart for mentoring and opening herself up to being mentored as she believes strongly in the power of community. Kim is a dreamer, loves adventure, people, and the beauty the God has created in the world around us. She shares her heart on her blog www.heartforhim.weebly.com and would like to invite you along on her journey. Currently she is working in the slum of Kibera, outside of Nairobi, Kenya. She is so excited to apply all she learns from the beautiful people she encounters to her Kingdom Journey. Firmly believing in what He has in store...she is stepping into her destiny...believing that the story He has to tell will be breathtaking.