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Equipping Lives in Kenya AND in the U.S.

July 22, 2016 by LoriEaton

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As you know, one thing we aim to do is equip the people of Kenya, young and old, with the knowledge and skills they need to change the cycle of poverty for themselves and their families. We see this happening daily in each of our programs through our Children’s Homes or our Training Centers. The change we see is what motivates us to keep moving forward each day.

But did you also know another huge motivation for us is when we see lives in the U.S. equipped and changed for God’s glory? We love to involve our families, friends, neighbors and churches to invest their gifts, talents and time in the work God is doing in Kenya.  As soon as someone says, “Yes” to the call, we work to equip them with the knowledge they need in order to serve in Kenya through a variety of resources and training. In my role as Short-Term Ministry Coordinator, I have the privilege of seeing this happen on a regular basis and I never tire of seeing lives changed—here at home and in Kenya—through this process.

This year alone, we will have over 60 people go to Kenya and God is using them in a variety of ways: from running a youth camp, making home visits to former brewers and offering encouragement, taking photographs and capturing stories, putting decorative touches in our dormitory, and so much more.  Each of these people have been called in a special way to serve God. When they willingly step out of their comfort zone to learn about what God is doing in the world, they come back with a new perspective on life and share this with those around them—a life equipped to make a difference.

Here is a glimpse at some of the lives that have been equipped and changed:

A team from Cornerstone Community Church in Wildomar meeting together and preparing for their trip to Kenya.  They are in Kenya as this is being published!

A team from Cornerstone Community Church in Wildomar meeting together and preparing for their trip to Kenya. They are in Kenya as this is being published!

Jayme is a student at APU who first went with a team in 2015. She spent this past year interning in our office in Upland and then went back to Kenya as an intern in May of 2016.

Jayme is a student at APU who first went with a team in 2015. She spent this past year interning in our office in Upland and then went back to Kenya as an intern in May of 2016.

Even the lives of our families are changed!  This is my dad Bill and my son Noah in Kenya last year.

Even the lives of our families are changed! This is my dad Bill and my son Noah in Kenya last year.

Will you be one of these lives? How are you answering God’s call? 

For more information about going to Kenya, you may visit our website or email lorieaton@empoweringlives.org.
Lori Eaton
Short-Term Ministry Coordinator

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