I am sitting in a cafe in KL enjoying a quiet day after a busy time here. It has been such a blessing to see so many friends from my previous visits to Malaysia and to see how God is breathing new excitement and vision into our staff. Such amazing people! ... See MoreSee Less
Catching a plane for Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia tonight. Last time I was there in 2017 I toured with World Vision's children choir from Mongolia. I will miss them!
This trip I will be speaking at several women's and youth groups, in 3 different churches and at World Vision Malaysia's Charity Dinner on Tuesday evening celebrating our joint commitment with other NGOs in Malaysia to End Violence Against Children in all its forms. Please keep me in your prayers as I travel and speak about God's heart for children.
While I am on the planes (total of 25 hours in the air) and in London airport 96 hour lay-over) I will finally get all my Kenya posts done. Yay!
I have decided that I am a terrible "Facebooker"! I have such amazing pictures and stories to share about my recent trip to Kenya and I have heard from a number of friends that they are waiting for the next installment. Do not loose hope. It is coming! But, much as I want to keep the stories coming, "new" stories keep happening... Stories that need to be celebrated. And stories that need to be mourned.
On Good Friday our precious grandson, Vinnie, asked his beautiful girlfriend, Karlee, to be his wife. We all have fallen in love with this loving, funny and Godly young woman over the past two years, and as a family we are thrilled that she said "Yes"! So, as we gathered on Easter Sunday to celebrate our Lord's resurrection, there was even greater joy in our hearts.
But then my phone "dinged", letting me know that there was a new message in my "in" box. The title read, "Multiple Explosions in Sri Lanka on Easter." I have to confess that I didn't open the message right away. For a few hours I just enjoyed my family as we ate and laughed and praised God for all His blessings. It was a beautiful afternoon.
But then the family left and it was time to open my eyes and my heart to the tragedy of an Easter morning that should have been a celebration of Love and Hope for all people! Like families around the world, mothers in Sri Lanka put on their Easter dresses while dad's shined their shoes and put on new shirts. Children's hair was combed and faces were scrubbed. People filed into churches to celebrate the eternal life that is ours because over 2000 years ago "death" was defeated by an empty tomb.
But instead of the air being filled with songs and thanksgivings and prayers of it praise, it was ripped apart by 8 explosions of pure hate and human despair. You see without Christ, Easter is just a day like any other. And life is just a flame that flickers for a short time and then goes out with no hope for what comes after. But that couldn't be farther from the Truth.
My heart breaks for those who lost loved ones in those shocking moments of noise and chaos. And my prayers go out to those who were injured and who now face a life forever damaged by that shocking moment. But most of all I grieve for those who perpetrated these heinous acts, because just as those who nailed Jesus to the cross, "they know not what they do". The fabric of humanity that should bind us all together has been ripped apart even more by this senseless act of violence. And I despair for those who believe that death is a punishment for those who truly believe that "He is risen". My prayer is that they will one day come to know the love, salvation and forgiveness that can be theirs if only they will see that Christ died for them. Because the truth is "He is risen, indeed!" ... See MoreSee Less
A Short Detour from Kenya to Seattle, Washington and Portland, Oregon.
Since returning from Kenya I have had the privilege of speaking at two different events. One was in Seattle where I spoke to a Women's workshop at the North Western Ministry Conference. I shared a bit about my personal journey as an ordinary housewife and mother who discovered that she was "Destined For Significance". While I was there I ran into a familiar face. I also met new friends and saw some spectacular views of Seattle as I flew in and flew out.
I also spoke at the Portland Women of Vision dinner last Saturday evening. This was especially meaningful for me as I began my career with World Vision as the co-Director of WOV. The Portland ladies were one of the West Coast chapters I oversaw. So, as I caught up with old friends and found old places...like the house we lived in 1950 thru '53, when World Vision and I were just babies... it felt like I was making a full circle of blessing! ... See MoreSee Less