Thursday, September 23, 2010

I KNEW something like this would happen

When I got word last March that Compassion International was sending a team of bloggers to Kenya, I just knew something like this would happen.

Day after day, reading the team’s posts left me with a hunch their week in Kenya was merely the beginning of God’s larger plan for their lives.

Sometimes God catches our attention in that undeniable gripping way He does things—you know the feeling, right?

Recently when I learned what Compassion blogger Kristen Welch and God have been cooking up, my thoughts returned to the way God used Donald Miller and Beth Moore to stir things up for me a few months ago—

and come to find out, God was doing the same sort of vinegar-and-baking-soda thing in Kristen’s life!

I’ve blogged about the way God allows us to witness something and, in the process, seizes our hearts and squeezes and wrenches them, and He gives us no peace until we cry out, “Now that I know, am I not responsible to do something?” —

and come to find out, God was speaking almost identical words into Kristen’s ears.

Friends, I’m so excited to tell you what God’s doing in Kristen’s life as a result of her trip to Kenya with Compassion International.

Here’s a riveting excerpt from her new blog, The Mercy House.

While you read, imagine you are standing there beside her:

Love Mercy

I saw it with my own eyes. I smelled death in Africa's slum.

I cried out to God and shook my fist, "Why do you allow so much suffering? Why?"

He asked me the same question.

I prayed for an answer for the countless pregnant girls, desperate for a home, for an alternative to their hell.

He answered my prayer with this:

Now that you've seen it, you must respond to it.

"He has shown you, O man, what is good: To act justly, love mercy, walk humbly." Micah 6:8

Wow. If you’re like me, you had to read that a couple of times and let it sink in.

Come back tomorrow—you’ll be glad you did! I’m so excited to tell you what God and Kristen are up to! And you can take part in all the excitement!

Until then, I encourage you—I challenge you, I urge you—to read Kristen’s posts from and about her trip to Kenya.

Be forewarned: they could change your life!


According to the U.N. Foundation, “Investing in an educated, healthy, skilled, and empowered girl today means she will have the tools to reinvest back into her family, her community, and our world.… The well-being of adolescent girls is the key to eliminating poverty, achieving social justice, stabilizing the population, and preventing foreseeable humanitarian crises.”

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