RunLizRun.com - Africa January 2007
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January 2007: Making a Difference in Africa

In January 2007 Joyce Anne, Liz's Mother, returned to Africa. She has made several trips there to work among the people of Kenya - making a difference in the lives of those who, geographically, are half a world away - but are just like us in the eyes of God. We present her trip report here so you can get an understanding of the wonderful things this family does - besides fight a battle against cancer!

It has been a month since our group of fourteen adventurers returned from Kenya. We have shared photos, stories and memories of our trip. Even though most of us have re-entered the stream of our former lives I know that many seeds were planted in the soil of our souls. When it is time they will begin to grow.

The women worked at Nyumbani, a home for children who are HIV positive. This is my third visit to Nyumbani and the first time that there have been adolescents thanks to anti retroviral drugs that have halted the harvest of AIDS. The children are happy, loved and well cared for. Although we accomplished a great deal of work refurbishing their buildings and garden the main event was spending time with the children. The men spent their work days constructing a shelter to provide shade for people waiting for appointments at an AIDS clinic. The days were long and the work hard but the rewards were great.

We had the opportunity to visit two other schools that Kenyan Children Foundation supports--Kawungware and St. Cecelia's School in Kibera. Our group collected over 130 pounds of school supplies to deliver to these two schools. It was good for our children to experience the classrooms in these schools, especially Kibera, and to learn how eager students are to spend long days learning.

The trip was rounded off with fun and adventure. We went on two safaris and visited a Masai village. In the end we understand that we are all interconnected. We are similar in our desires, wants, needs and hopes.

Joyce Anne with giraffe

Alex and Joyce Anne. Alex has been working for Kenyan Children Foundation for years. He was my boss!

Beverly shares bracelets with Masai children (Bev's family made these bracelets)

Family work crew at Nyumbani

Grandkids hauling fresh manure for the garden at Nyumbani.

Joyce Anne scrubbed and polished floors at Nyumbani

Laura and Breanna visiting with child at Nyumbani

Group visited Kawungware School to deliver school supplies. Joyce Anne worked at this school in 2000

Next stop Kibera--slum outside of Nairobi. Delivered more school supplies.

Classrooms and signs at Kibera

Joyce Anne on plain at Masai Mara with granddaughters

Joyce Anne dancing with the Masai women

Alan playing with children

Helping hands - what happens when a family has Caring as one of their prime beliefs

Town scene in Karen

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The song that is playing is "Praise You In This Storm" by Casting Crowns.

As you listen to the words of this song, gaze at the photos of Liz and know that she breathes this message into her heart. Into her being.

The storm rages and still she hears the voice of one who heals, who loves beyond measure, who carries her when her strength fails.

Hope. Believe. Pray.
Be in the moment.
With Liz.
 


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The Lyrics:
words by Mark Hall/music by Mark Hall and Bernie Herms

I was sure by now, God, You would have reached down
and wiped our tears away,
stepped in and saved the day.
But once again, I say amen
and it's still raining
as the thunder rolls
I barely hear You whisper through the rain,
"I'm with you"
and as Your mercy falls
I raise my hands and praise
the God who gives and takes away.

Chorus:
And I'll praise you in this storm
and I will lift my hands
for You are who You are
no matter where I am
and every tear I've cried
You hold in your hand
You never left my side
and though my heart is torn
I will praise You in this storm

I remember when I stumbled in the wind
You heard my cry to You
and raised me up again
my strength is almost gone how can I carry on
if I can't find You
and as the thunder rolls
I barely hear You whisper through the rain
"I'm with you"
and as Your mercy falls
I raise my hands and praise
the God who gives and takes away

Chorus

I lift my eyes unto the hills
where does my help come from?
My help comes from the Lord, the maker of heaven and earth
I lift my eyes unto the hills
where does my help come from?
My help comes from the Lord, the maker of heaven and earth

Chorus