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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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How did Jesus Celebrate His Birthday on Earth?

11/27/2019 4:00:00 PM BY Hannah Hunter

How did Jesus Celebrate His Birthday on Earth?

By: Hannah S. Hunter

 

Yesterday Dan’s first born, my eldest granddaughter, Eleanor, had a birthday. She turned eight. Birthdays are not a big deal in this land of Kenya. She was not even sure it was her birthday nor at first how old she would be. It is taboo to talk of your years. When I did medical clinics on tribal land, I was trying to get birth dates for my records. Some did not know when they were born nor how old they were. Many do not have birth certificates.

 Everyone must carry a national ID card after a certain age. The government assigns them a date of birth. Sometimes when they get a passport it changes again. Makes it difficult and confusing especially if they want to travel internationally. I amaze at their perseverance to push through.

I digress. Back to Eleanor or Ellie as we call her. Her birthday celebration was so simple. Her dad arranged for a cake to be brought from Kisii which is an hour from us. Matatus, or taxis, come through all the time and for a price will transport and deliver items. Cake was vanilla with orange jello mix in the middle. White icing with blue lettering. We had no power and it was pouring rain. Her little neighbor hood friends gathered in the sitting room with their shoes lined up outside in the rain. No balloons, cards, or gifts. Yet there was a drink like lemonade and the birthday girl, as is the custom, delivers and feeds the cake to her guests by their importance in her life. They all were so happy and Ellie thought she had the best birthday.

Soon Christmas will be upon us-one month from today as I am writing this. When I am far away from my children, family, and friends as I am for the second year in a row it causes me to be pensive. It will be the first year I missed Thanksgiving and Christmas together. I have always been home for Thanksgiving. This year I am in the land of heat and very little evidence a big holiday is descending on us. Sights and sounds are the normal ones I hear the other three hundred plus days. We shall leave our home in Kilgoris and travel to the tribal lands for several days.

Because I have obeyed the voice of the ONE who came to earth in this season we remember. I converse with Him about how handled HIS times on this earth in physical form. Separated from all HE had known through eternity to this moment.

His birth celebration was so huge. Recorded well in several places for all of history to be recounted. Angel telling mom you will be pregnant with son of GOD. His cousin leaping in the womb of his mom when He arrived still in the womb of Mary. Then angels came and sang in unison accompanied by a bright light. Shepherds left to go pay tribute. Animals everywhere.  Wise kings studied the stars and came bearing the most expensive gifts. As he nursed at His mother’s breast, He had no clue a firestorm and murder were afoot because of Him.

By the time He was two he was an international traveler and living in a nation not of His birth. Did they sing? What did He mother relate about her pregnancy and His birth?  At what point did He realize He was only confined by time and in this body, but was at and part of creation? At twelve he went to the temple for the yearly celebration. He taught and amazed people with His wisdom and authority.

At thirty when He went to be baptized did He know He would only have three more birthdays and His spirit would be realized from this body he was reigning in? I believe the answer is yes and no.

He had no doubt who He was nor was His mission in doubt. Yet He desperately needed intimacy for hours with His Father every day. I think He did not know how the end was going to look entirely. He knew the price He would have to pay yet the Father shrouded how it would all play out. His physical body had a finite mind.

I think so much of military, missionaries, embassy staff, prisoners, and those with long term or acute critical illness that require hospitalization at this time of year. Memories and dreams are all we can hang onto as we go into this season. Separation is our portion. We may not like it or understand. Turkey, music, and presents under tree must remain only in our minds. Yet what spurs us on is the voice and presence of the One who paid the price and held nothing back.

To my fellow brothers who will be separated from all held dear remember HE holds us tight and promises never to leave us. One day as I stood in church really yearning for home and my sons I chose to worship. As I did, I felt an arm around my shoulders and I heard the Voice, “I got you.”

All is well!!

 

Paul and Pauline in this Season

11/19/2019 6:30:00 AM BY Hannah Hunter

 Paul and Pauline Sightings as They Rise in this Season

By: Hannah S. Hunter

 II Corinthians 4:8-12 (NLT)8 We are pressed on every side by troubles, but we are not crushed. We are perplexed, but not driven to despair. 9 We are hunted down, but never abandoned by God. We get knocked down, but we are not destroyed. 10 Through suffering, our bodies continue to share in the death of Jesus so that the life of Jesus may also be seen in our bodies. 11 Yes, we live under constant danger of death because we serve Jesus, so that the life of Jesus will be evident in our dying bodies. 12 So we live in the face of death, but this has resulted in eternal life for you.

As a critical care nurse, you can tell who the sickest and most enduring patients are by the thickness of their charts. Sometimes you had to send to the archives to get the complete picture. You knew this hospital stay was not their first rodeo. That is how I feel when I read about the sufferings of Paul. Frankly I vote no with a thank you added on. Politely and kindly we decline GOD’s offer to enter a similar pattern of Paul’s life.

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Then we fall in love with GOD, JESUS, and the HOLY SPIRIT. The love affair begins like any love affair. You love their faces, their touch, their voices, and you hang on their every word. It is a honeymoon that defies description. Your mind is constantly flooded with thoughts and images of them. Other things fade and lose appeal.

The bride will always be the bride, but somewhere the wedding gown is traded for the armor and weapons needed to walk with this ONE called the LORD of heavens armies. Because now we are entering HIS vision and purposes for the healing, dominion, and restoration of nations to their rightful place. By now we are in way too deep to turn tail and run.

As we are promoted through the ranks, we become familiar with not just taking orders but giving them to many for the purpose of bringing salvation, freedom, and release masses to songs of deliverance.

Somewhere in this process for some of us our homes are swapped for temporary dwellings. We enter cultures where nothing is familiar not even the language. Yet HE sends us signs and messages in the most unlikely places to let us know we are pleasing HIM in our obedience. We sit in wonderment of how we got to this arena where we war but are spectators as it is the spirit realm that is really duking it out. As we pray the battle undulates to the tune of our intercession and worship.

Just last night I was awake for all the night watches. I had just returned from a powerful mission full of many supernatural encounters. The team was compromised of college students now graduated and working at jobs, raising families, or in ministry in the church. As I was mulling over all that was spoken and done, I realized some of them were on the campus when I encountered the arch angel of Kenya. I was reminded that Michael slew 185,000 Assyrians in one fight.

GOD loves to show us things we desire to know. So I asked him in the night, “LORD what is the name of the arch angel over Kenya?” HE said, “Shekina.” I asked HIM please spell it so when power comes on I can look it up. A Jewish name for divine presence. I know we see Shekinah in the bible, but HE was specific in the spelling. Shekina in Kiswhili is secured. I leaped in my spirt to know the country I am assigned to is secured. We hold tightly to HIM.

In the months and years watch Africa as she rises to her rightful place and watch Kenya. Mungu Akubariki. Bwana Asifiwe!