Utterly Exhausted in Kenya
I dropped my head forward until my chin nearly touched my chest, and then lifted it backwards until I was almost staring directly up at the sky, feeling the stretch in my neck. I shrugged my shoulders forward and back several times, trying to dislodge the deep weariness that seemed to have settled in my bones.
Jet-lag had won our nightly battle early this morning, forcing me wide awake at 3:30 AM local time – it wasn’t even noon yet and I was already paying the price.
Standing in the front of the massive iron gates of the prison in Eldoret, Kenya, I could feel the ache in the muscles of my arms and legs, and my tongue felt dry and thick in my mouth. In just a few moments I knew that the doors would open and we would make our way to the courtyard, where hundreds of inmates would be waiting for a show.
I knew that I should be excited, but all I could feel was exhaustion. For me to be any good to anyone, something was going to need to change, and quickly.
“God, I need you,” I rubbed at my eyes with the dusty knuckles of my right fist and prayed quietly under my breath, “please, I’m so tired, and I just need Your strength.”
A minute later, one of the guards moved in front of us and fitted a key into a bulky iron padlock, and the doors swung open with a deep metallic squeal.
It was time.
I stepped forward, and as I did, I remembered something from the Bible that I had read as a child, and many times since.
I remembered the story of David and Goliath – 1 Samuel 17:48 states that as David’s gargantuan opponent “moved closer to attack him, David ran quickly toward the battle line to meet him.”
It may seem like a simple distinction, but it struck me – in the moment of battle, David hadn’t entered the fight half-heartedly, he had RUN to the battle line.
If this was my battle, it was time to approach it like David – to RUN towards the fight.
“Let’s do this.”
I didn’t say it out loud, but I made the choice firmly in my head, and as I stepped through the black iron gates, I felt strength fill me – not my own, natural strength, but a powerful peace and confidence that I knew could only come from God.
“Let’s do this.”
And we did. We stepped into the prison and were greeted by nearly a thousand inmates. We performed, we sang, we laughed together, and then we shared the incredible love and message of Jesus.
And hundreds responded – nearly 800 in all – saying “yes” to Jesus’ very real offer of forgiveness and freedom.
Where I had lacked strength, God had given it – where I was weak, He had shown Himself strong, and as a result of His strength, hundreds of broken people had experienced the transformational love of Jesus.
And THIS is why we do what we do.
In the course of our time in Kenya last week with On the Go Ministries, we were able to share the simple message of Jesus with thousands in prisons, marketplaces, slums, and festivals, and nearly 4000 people responded to Jesus’ offer of love and forgiveness.
It was beautiful, it was dusty, and it was often exhausting, but most importantly, it was worth it.
Jesus loves the people of Kenya. He loves you and I and He loves people all over the world. We’re beyond privileged to experience the grace of Jesus in times like these, and we’re SO grateful for your love and support in this incredible journey.
Our vision is to reach as many people as possible all over the world with the incredible message of freedom in Jesus, and we have been consistently amazed by God’s provision and grace to accomplish this when we have needed it the most.
We just spent 10 days performing and sharing the love of Jesus daily in the DOMINICAN REPUBLIC, followed by 7 more days in KENYA and in both countries, we watched many thousands of people respond.
Over the next few weeks, we’re do it again in the PHILIPPINES, THAILAND, BRUNEI and the USA. Please pray that God moves in amazing ways among the beautiful people of this island nation and beyond, friends!
THANK YOU for being part of the team – for helping us share the love of Jesus worldwide. Under the covering of On The Go Ministries, our vision is to follow God’s leading and help reach as many nations and people as we can with this message, and your partnership helps us reach the world together. If you’d like to help, click HERE to partner financially and follow us on FACEBOOK for daily prayer updates from the field.
Zach and White Ribbon Day