There is an abundance of grace to be found within the tiny little word...
|This is Father David.|
A couple of weeks ago we received an email, out of the blue, from a couple who works closely with Family Missions Company. They simply stated that there is a priest here in Nairobi who they had worked with in the past that they thought we might enjoy.
Without hesitation we said, "yes".
Our friends facilitated the exchange of contact information and a couple of days later Father David showed up at the language school where we're studying/living to pick us up and take us to his house for lunch.
We piled into his little van with no expectations.... totally unaware of the impact that this upcoming afternoon would have on our lives.
|Here's Anna by the front gate excited to show-off her new weave!|
After a short 5-minute drive we arrived at the compound of the Contemplative Evangelizers, a congregation of missionary priests.
Here you can see lots of kale,
which is a staple of the Kenyan diet.
They have about 50 acres which is strategically used to sustain the many priests and seminarians who live there.
There are a variety of vegetable plots, tons of fruit trees, and endless rows of corn and wheat.
Fr. David showed us the rabbit hutches where the countless bunnies wait to be cooked up for dinner.
We visited the cows which give them fresh milk each day...
...as well as the pigs which eat everyone's scraps and provide the congregation with yummy meals every now and again.
As we were concluding our tour the baby cow escaped from its pen because we forgot to close the gate. It ran and ran and ran all around the farm... and so we ran and ran and ran after it. It was really, really silly.
As Father David watched, he laughed and said that he could tell that the cow was "so, so happy" because this was his first chance to run around. Apparently young cows like to run around as much as kids do.
On our way out Michael found the perfect place to do a little exercise.
As he lifted himself up above the crossbeam for the tenth time he asked me, "Why would anyone ever want to go to a stuffy gym when they could just exercise here? It's so nice!"
Some people believe that our kids are being deprived by growing up in the third world...
I suppose from the outside it may seem like they "have it rough", but I thank God for the opportunity that we've been given to live so simply.
So, you're probably wondering why this relatively uneventful trip to the mission house was so life-changing. Let me explain...
After our tour we headed to the dining room for lunch. As we ate, Fr. David told us about his congregation's mission. They have priests all around the world, many of which are doing what he called "first evangelization".
I thank God for Fr. David's honesty, but more so for his funny delivery which seemed to be exactly what Anna needed. For the rest of our time together he kept joking with Anna about whether or not it was time for us to go....meaning back to our house at the language school...but it was so funny. When the time arrived for us to actually leave the compound we all said in unison, "It's time to go!" and piled into Father's little van.
On the ride home Anna and I sat next to each other. She leaned into my loving embrace, smiled and said that she was really happy that we had the chance to meet Fr. David. Although our time together was short, he changed our life by changing our perspective. I believe that he will remain a legacy in our family and we'll remember him each time we have to leave somewhere by saying,
"It's time to go!"
I humbly ask for prayers as we continue to seek the Lord's will for our family...one day at a time!
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