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Team Seasoned Heart, based in Schwenksville, Pennsylvania, provides financial support as well as training teams to carry out missions in cooperation with Restoration Village Project, a Christian ministry to Kilgoris, Kenya. Team Seasoned Heart’s Kenyan mission trips include training youth leaders, ministering to widows, orphans and prisoners, and providing medical care.

We are privileged to carry HIS heart to East Africa from a base in Kilgoris, Kenya.  We invite you to, above all else, pray in agreement with the Holy Spirit for HIS purposes for this region and the people.  While we see God as our Source, there is the principle of the Sower and the one sent to the Harvest field and the blessing to both.  We invite you to come alongside of us and sow financially into the ongoing Harvest. 





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A Day in the life of an Expat in Kenya

11/11/2019 2:00:00 PM BY Hannah Hunter

 

 

Day in the Life of an Expat in Kenya

By: Hannah S. Hunter

            I used the moniker missionary for a while. That only captures part of what I am and do. For all intents and purposes, I live in Kenya and visit my birth nation of United States. Setting my face like flint to that mindset helps me to reset and align with HIM and what HE has asked of me.

            When I did that it meant anything I would need could come from this soil, the market, and the people I am in relationship with here. Yes, the flesh misses many things I took for granted in the past seasons of my life. Carrying expectations and longings that would distract me are having to be dealt with and die daily.

            Giving you a peek into my daily life here as an inhabitant of this land. Generally, I wake up around 5:30 AM when the local mosque is broadcasting their prayers. If I have power, I boil water in my electric kettle for tea. Sorry no good coffee nor creamer available. Wawa take me away! I put on my house shoes and go meet with my Bridegroom with my bible, tea, journal and flashlight.

            Next order of business is hauling water for the day. If muddy I wash my stoop as the pail is filling at the compound water tank. Today there is not even a drop in the tank. Off the house girls and boys will go with pails and jerry cans on their heads to the river. I fill my toilet tank. Even though seatless I love that I have a toilet. I pour water into the kettle to heat for the shower. If no power I debate if wipes or cold shower wins. I pour water in a basin and place in shower area to get washed for the day. I then use that to flush toilet.

 Each day I do laundry as it is all done by hand including our shoes because of mud. A scrub brush and bar of soap is used for stubborn dirt. When I am satisfied, I hang on the tin metal sheet that is the compound wall dividing me from the next compound. I use the rinse water to wash my floors- usually daily or several times a week depending on mud. I make my bed, tie up the mosquito net and my curtains and open the screenless windows and door which has a curtain to cut down on flies.

Breakfast is in the main house between 8 -10 AM depending on when the house help gets the fire going and a run to the market for what is on the menu. We have the best fruits- mango watermelon, etc. Fresh vegetables. Kale, cabbage and greens. Meat is not as common. Although living with Luos they make the best samaki(fish). Starch helps when there are slim pickings. Our students are taught to serve so they assist in meals and washing of dishes. One thing I do miss so much. Is conversation without distractions. Mealtimes is around the TV or cell phones or often conversation in Kiswahili which I am not yet fast enough to follow.

Most days if my teacher is not coming, I still put in an hour or two of Kiswahili. I begin over time to think in Kiswahili rather then English. My dear students serve as my interpreters. That is not easy as they learn British English, I totally speak as an American- fast and using bigger words or slang.

Not having a car or needing to access the safety level before you venture anywhere is a huge challenge for this independent woman who always had her own car and used to traveling on whim or will. They do this for my safety for which I am so grateful but is a huge adjustment. Yet GOD fills my day.

Power is spotty. Rare is the day we do not lose power for one reason or another. I bless GOD we did have WiFi put in the house. Yeah! It is truly Kenya as it is slower and if we lose power oh well!!

 

Dodging goats, donkeys, cows, people and the nonroad conditions makes even the shortest commute an adventure. Often a flat tire happens on these roads so off we go on foot. I pray my shoe choice that morning is good for walking. Mud and dust yep part of each day.

Now I am not complaining. The flowers, skies, and stars are breathtaking. I step out in the morning and in the night and just drink in the vista GOD prepared for enjoyment.

The worship, gentle people, and the presence of GOD is unparalleled to anything I have experienced to date. The zeal, faith, and willingness to serve and sacrifice in the young university students humbles me every time. Watch for this nation and this generation will be bursting on the world stage for HIS glory.

Attached is our bonfire with these precious ones. Lamb is being cooked in a Maasai wrapped in his shuka(blanket). In this environment they open their hearts and share. I contributed the smores. They were a huge hit.

My prayer is GOD will connect my birth nation people with the people GOD assigned to my heart. Mungu Akubariki.

 

Conquerors in the Nest

10/30/2019 3:00:00 PM BY Hannah Hunter

Soaring over mountains and charging into the fray of the battle. That is how those who are called to have dominion and go into all the world see their days and months unfolding. We see the vision, share the concept, and present to the audience we pray will catch it and support it. We do the vision casting and strategizing over our cups of coffee in climate controlled rooms. On paper and in our ivory towers it is so ideal. We can control and change any scenario with the backspace or delete button.

Planning, sharing, and gathering supplies is done. We turn off the lights, close the door, and make our way to the airport. Chances are if you are booked with American Airlines you may not arrive at your planned destination on the planned day. Took me three attempts, and a story that if you read you would need some antacids, to finally reach Kenya. Sadly and illegally four bags went all the way to Kenya with me not being on any of those flights.

When we are given words and make plans for missions delays and inactivity are not in our thinking. Time does not contain GOD. HE thinks and measures things by results and relating with us in the process. HE is never in a hurry nor moved by our urgency. A broken down car, forgotten promises and appointments, delay in finances, weather and road conditions, tribal violence, miscommunication, and unhurried schedules turns our neat time table and expectations upside down and topsy turvey.

Mornings find me praying the LORD’s prayer back to HIM. One line is, “Thy Kingdom come Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.”  We must take our plans, schedule, and expectation and submit them to HIS kingdom plan and to align with HIS will and timing. It is like when you move around the yard to get just right lighting to see things clearly or hang your clothes to get the best sun exposure to dry them more quickly. We move around in the spirit until we feel the SON and know we are standing in the flow. Sometimes we must linger longer, listen a bit more or dive into the WORD deeper, or just listen and write in our journals. HE is not in a hurry. HE longs for us to linger with HIM. HE is reluctant for us to go.

I went to haul water for the house. As I was waiting my turn I was looking at the beautiful sky. I heard the LORD say sometimes world conquerers must draw aside and conquer themselves. Ouch! I carried my bucket of water to my house. I set aside my schedule and went into HIS presence. Five pages later and a generous filling of my ocean of tears in heaven I realized some things were hindering the pulling of kingdom down into my life. Amazing in that act of obedience how the heavens began to align and move obstacles. I thought okay now I am done and ready.

As I was preparing to try to plan and rengage with my agenda I see the LORD step aside and I saw a nest filled with downy and HE was spreading HIS pinions. I know HE was beckoning me to hop in the nest and nestle under HIS pinions. By the way pinions are the wings which are for flying. I am glad I did because one storm after another hit with each one increasing in ferocity. Yet I only heard but did not feel the full effects of the storm. I would peek out to say something or observe, but then tucked myself tight up against these soft but sturdy pinions. Content and at peace that when the time comes to go to the world to reign, rule, and heal the nations HE will lift HIS pinions and say to me.” fly my daughter, spread your wings and soar. Others will ride on your wings and you will teach them to soar, but for now rest in the sound of MY heartbeart and MY voice.”

Psalms 37:7(NLT) “Be still in  the presence of the LORD, and wait patiently for HIM to act.”