King David wrote that, ‘The earth is the Lord’s and everything in it, the world and all who live in it;”
In the last several months the Lord has proved as only He can, that He is truly an international God - sovereign and able to effortlessly cross borders and cultures and have His way – effortlessly. He alone is the international God of mystery!
Over six years ago a young man from western
began attending the church I pastor with his dear young family. In my time with
him, I quickly learned his extraordinary story. He had grown up in extreme
poverty in a remote village. He was bright and ambitious and sailed through
primary school. However, in his culture, secondary school was a luxury few
could afford, requiring tuition, a uniform, boarding and travel expenses.
Through the Lord’s graciousness, Anthony was sponsored! Not only did he excel
in secondary school, but through the kindness of God and a gentleman from New
York, attended university in Nairobi – a dream come true. It was while he was
living in Kenya
that he met his precious wife Tricia, an American girl and wonderful educator
doing humanitarian work there. They met, hit it off, and the rest is history!
Anthony moved here to where his bride was raised, they married and began their family,
and started faithfully attending and serving at FCC. Nairobi
Anthony and Tricia shared with a few of us the overwhelming need back in
especially the plight of HIV orphans who were malnourished and unable to even
attend primary school. We all agreed that something had to be done! With
courage and love, they began a non-profit called Operation Orphans
International. Over the years they have been able to feed, clothe, and sponsor
countless orphans and be a blessing to Anthony’s former community at large. Kenya
Several years ago my wife Michelle traveled to this village with our daughter Emma. Last year I flew over and experienced it firsthand with several from the church. Seeing the sea of precious faces deeply moved us all. The task of feeding and clothing them was daunting enough – but how would they ever have the educational opportunities Anthony experienced? They didn’t have the funds. They didn’t have a secondary school nearby.
But God had a plan.
Several years ago Michelle flew to
with a few other women
from the church to partner and serve with our dear ministry friend Bronwen
Healy and the Hope Foundation. During a casual get-together one night, Michelle
happened to meet one of Bronwen’s friends named Ryan Williams. Ryan heard Michelle
mention the word “orphans” and lit up! He excitedly explained that he buildt
dormitories and orphanages in his native Brisbane, Australia Botswana,
and has a strong burden for of all countries – ! Kenya
Fast forward three years.
Michelle gets a message from Ryan that he for some mysterious reason unknown to him has a short overnight layover in
and could we meet? I thought it was a stellar idea that could only get more
stellar if we brought Anthony and Tricia. So we did. We all met at a restaurant
near the airport, sat down and God did the rest! San Francisco
So, as I type this, we have FCC people on the field in
preparing the foundation for
a secondary school right where the orphans live and go to school! In two weeks,
a team from Kenya
led by Ryan will arrive and build it. Australia
What I’m saying is – A guy from
Kenya happened to
be lavishly sponsored by a guy from . He happened to meet and marry an American girl
and moved here. He had a passionate dream he happened to shared with some
Californians. One Californian happened to meet a man from New
York Botswana who happened to be in Brisbane
who happened to have a heart for Kenya
who just happened to have an unanticipated layover in ! San Francisco
Did you get all of that?!
We honor, serve and worship an international God of mystery – and to Him be all the glory and praise forever!