Here we go!

Friends,

Tomorrow morning we embark for our annual mission trip to Kenya, and this year we are headed southward to Voi, Kenya.  It's about 1 hour northwest of Mombassa which is a huge port city for the region.  We are taking a team of 19 short-term missionaries which includes 8 doctors, 7 nurses, 1 physician assistant, and 3 volunteers.  We are so blessed to be taking 4 pediatricians this year!  In Nairobi, we will pick up an additional 3 team members including Nancy Germo (a nurse and former 15+ year missionary to Kenya) and Liza and Libby Kabachia.  Liza is a pharmacist in Birmingham and we are thankful that she and her sister are joining us. 

Our medical clinic is a small part of a larger mission effort.  Many of you who are receiving this email have joined us in previous years and know what I'm talking about.  We will be joining a larger group of our Kenyan brothers and sisters from the Agape Church from all over Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania and South Sudan.  Some of them will travel very long distances.  It is the Agape team that leads us by administering the clinic, preaching, singing, setting up the prayer tent, leading the crusades, etc.  They even bring an entire praise team and PA system (!) for the crusades and church service.  It's an amazing amount of effort and energy that is brought to bear on this mission.  

But why?  Of course, Jesus clearly called us to GO and TELL others and MAKE disciples in Matthew 28.  He told us in Acts 1:8 that we will be His witnesses to the ends of the earth.  This mission is an act of obedience.  But there's something deeper than that.  

In John 13, I see Jesus setting the example for my life.  After the Last Supper is complete, Jesus poured water in a basin and washed the disciples feet.  After He did this, He said in verse 14-17:

"Now that I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also should wash one another’s feet. I have set you an example that you should do as I have done for you. Very truly I tell you, no servant is greater than his master, nor is a messenger greater than the one who sent him. Now that you know these things, you will be blessed if you do them."

The King of Kings and Lord of Lords, the One who formed the earth with a word, waiting patiently for thousands & thousands of years to be born in a manger in a small town in Bethlehem, came to teach His disciples about washing feet?  

In this picture of Christ, I see Him laying down His life for his friends.  As Philippians 2:7 says, "rather he made himself nothing by taking the very nature of a servant."  Kneeling at the foot of another & washing their feet is Christ-like.  

So, we aren't going just to tell others about Jesus (although that's important).  We are also going to SHOW others Jesus... by washing feet, giving medication, curing disease, relieving pain,  offering love, making friends, sharing life and meeting some basic needs.  And I pray this "aroma of Christ" (II Corinthians 2:15) will be our greatest witness.  Lord, may it be so!

Please partner with us in prayer for the entire mission effort!  Pray for the team, travel safety, and logistics for the entire week.  Pray for our Kenyan brothers and sisters.  Pray for the new church to be planted!