Though you have not seen Him, you love Him; and even though you do not see Him now, you believe in Him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy. I Peter 1:8
It happened a few weeks ago while I was deep inside one of the most dismal and destitute places on earth…the Kibera slum of Kenya! Who would have ever thought that I would be so blessed to experience the most sought after emotion for all humanity in such an unappealing spot and at such an unexpected time. But, then again, this is the way joy works…it overwhelms us when we least expect it.
In his Epistle, the Apostle Peter speaks of joy as being “inexpressible and glorious,” and although this is indeed the case, I am going to try to express what I felt when joy recently, unexpectedly flooded my soul.
Chris and I had stopped by Hoywick School to see how our short-term mission team was doing with their Kid’s Club ministry, and while we were there I asked my friend, Zachary, the Head Master of the school, if he knew of another school that First Love might help with a feeding and Kid’s Club ministry? He said that he had one that he would recommend, and then he led us on a 30-minute jaunt to Future Stars Primary School & Rescue Center through a dusty maze of winding, plastic bag-littered, dirt walkways, which took us into the bowels of the Kibera slum.
Once we reached Future Stars Primary School, Kevin and Mercy, the school directors, took us on a short tour of the school facilities, which included 6 old one room, mud homes, that they bought over the years to house small classes of about 6-7 students each. They had also constructed a second floor on top of 3 of these homes in which they placed moveable partitions so that they could have a meeting hall. We learned that there are 60 students currently attending the school in grades pre-unit through grade 6, and all of them looked like poor little ragamuffins!
After our tour, we all sat down in their small dingy office, where Kevin and Mercy gave us a brief history of the school and rescue center, which includes dormitories and a small orphan home. After Kevin and Mercy finished speaking, I broke down in to tears as I began to share a bit about First Love, and the possibility of us helping them with their school and rescue center in the future. I believe that what brought on my emotions was the overwhelming feeling that God was smiling at me through the faces of Kevin and Mercy! This brought “inexpressible and glorious” joy to me!
Thanks for your prayers & support which makes this ministry possible!
Love, Tom (for Linda too!)