Africa Highlights (words and pics won’t do it justice)

Africa Highlights (words and pics won’t do it justice)

In March 2015, I went to Africa. And just like the first time, I came home a totally different person. I just looked through all of my Africa pictures. I’m sitting on my coach, tears in my eyes…homesick. I’ve been pretty quiet about my trip to Kenya; it changed me and I haven’t had the words yet to even begin to describe it.   In a nutshell, this is what a team of eight women created, with the help of our Kenyan family: Education/Training • 5 Ideal Life Vision workshops in Western, Kissii, Massai Mara, and Nairobi servicing at least 200 people teaching about empowerment, a positive mindset, goal setting, and gratitude in all major areas of life to support life balance and creation of your ideal life. • “Grow with your Tree” project. 800 trees planted at family homes to help pay for student education. 400 trees planted on the school grounds. (Thank you Succhi from Reach the Children) • Male School Sponsorship: Gilbert (17) : This pays school back debt and gives Gilbert the opportunity to further his study in a physical and emotional ‘abuse-free’ environment. • Female School Sponsorship: Sophie (14) • 2 Primary and Secondary Schools given Basic School Supplies: Notebooks, pencils, etc. • 2 Libraries started at schools in Massai Mara and Western • 1 new ILV Coach in the Massai Mara with many others interested in getting certified. • Piano lessons given to 2 students in Western. Health/Hygiene • 115+ Health & Hygiene kits dispersed to recipients coupled with Heath Education. • 125 pairs of eyeglasses given to the Medical Center. • A...
My Money Wanted Me to Plant a Garden (say what???)

My Money Wanted Me to Plant a Garden (say what???)

Do you really trust? The kind of trust that you just KNOW things will work out for you every single time? When I was in Kenya in March, it was during the tail end of their drought season. Going to the Masai Mara on safari was awesome and alarming at the same time. It was clear there was not a lot of water. The rivers were mostly dry. And our Kenyan brothers who were our guides asked us to join them to pray for rain. So I prayed in Africa…for rain. And for many other things. At one of the churches we attended, the pastor apologized that the congregation was late in arriving. We thought it was just Africa standard time – the joke is everything starts at least 30 minutes late. But I stopped laughing when the pastor told us that because of the lack of rain, people in the village had to travel farther for water and they will be with us when they can. He said it was all okay in God’s timing. The pastor wasn’t worried. The people would come. We would sing and celebrate. And it would all be in divine timing. Pentacostal churches in Kenya are a lot of fun – full self experession to celebrate. I could use more of that for sure! This was another moment of true Hakuna matata. (Swahili phrase that means there isn’t a problem or trouble so just relax man.) One of the meditations I did in Africa was around having a conversation with money. Money, what do you need to feel safe in my life? Money,...

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