By Roger Oakland
(writing from Kenya, Africa)
The days have been very long on this trip to Kenya. I have had many eye-opening moments based on visual observations. I have heard people share their hearts, which has touched my own. I am shocked when I hear the responses I am getting when I ask widows questions. Rather than presenting a day by day, moment by moment accounts in a chronological order of this trip, I have decided to simply write about the incidents and circumstances that have had an impact.
I can honestly say there are many times I have found myself using the word “unbelievable.” This entire trip has been unbelievable, especially for someone like myself, even though I have been to Kenya five times previously.
I am also asking myself another question: why such a revelation now regarding the scope of the problems we have been dealing with in the past? I think I know the answer: if God had shown me the things He is showing me now, we would not know where or how to come up with a ministry to address these horrible situations by applying God’s Word and the gospel.
Another word I keep using over and over in conversation is “overwhelming.” If you have been on a missions trip to a third world nation, you will have some understanding to what I am trying to convey. However, for me, someone who has traveled the world and seen what I thought was everything there was to see with regard to poverty, I had really never let it all sink in. By that I mean, I had never attempted to spend much time thinking about what the people we are attempting to serve are thinking. Click here to continue reading.