I’m guessing if you are reading this you know me, but just in case you don’t: I’m Morgan. My friend Hannah and I are leaving on Sunday to travel to Kenya for 6 weeks. We both just finished our second year at Ohio State and are in the nursing program there. We will be doing medical work with African Inland Church and living at an orphanage of about 80 kids.
As Psalm 118:17 says: I will not die, but live…because I know Christ and what he has done on the cross. I will proclaim that love to those around me, whether with words or with actions, and wherever I am. God has given me a passion for Africa and specifically Kenya. I have no idea what God is going to call me to long-term, but for now, this call to missions involves investing my summer in Africa. It is six short weeks of my life dedicated to living out a passion God has put in my heart. A passion for the nations, for making him known among all peoples. I desire to take not only physical healing to those who don’t have it, but spiritual life to those who may have never had a chance to hear it or have Christ change their lives. I am committing to God to love his people so that they might know God’s love for them.
There are tons and tons of verses that describe God’s heart for the poor, and his commands to us to love them. A few that God has placed on my heart:
Psalm 57:9-10: I will praise you, Lord, among the nations;
I will sing of you among the peoples. For great is your love, reaching to the heavens;
your faithfulness reaches to the skies.
Isaiah 58:6-8: Is not this the fast that I choose: to loosen the bonds of injustice, to undo the thongs of the yoke, to let the oppressed go free, and to break every yoke? Is it not to share your bread with the hungry, and bring the homeless poor into your house; when you see the naked, to cover them, and not to hide yourself from your own kin? Then your light will break forth like dawn, and your healing will spring up quickly; your vindicator shall go before you, the glory of the Lord shall be your rear guard.
I believe God calls each and every one of us out of our comfort zones in order to make him known. I do not believe he calls each of us to Africa. But he does call us to not ignore the needs of people, and to not just send money to those in need. He calls us to give of ourselves, invite the poor into our homes, to share our food with the hungry. He calls us to “Go and make disciples of all nations.” Most of all, he calls us to love his people like he has loved us. So I’d love to challenge you to join me, in making God known wherever you are this summer. Live radically and boldly. Love those around you so they may know what Christ has done in your life.
That’s all for now. I hope to be able to communicate through this blog over my time in Kenya.