Monday, July 6, 2015

With each person that I met they deposited a seed of love in my heart.




Sowing Good Seeds!


Some of you know my story of how GOD planted a seed of love for Kenya in my heart in 2013 and although I knew after a family trip to Capetown in 2011 that I would go back to Africa to do mission work, I often asked GOD why Kenya and what am I suppose to do there.  In September 2013 GOD connected me to Real4Christ Ministries and gave me the vision to provide clean drinking water to the villages in Kenya by designing a HISBlessedOne Supports Africa Tshirt and selling it on my Christian Apparel website. GOD instructed me to donate all the proceeds I made off the Tshirt and to personally match all the sales dollar for dollar.   

After helping with the well I was even more eager to do a mission trip in Kenya with Real4Christ but GOD didn't open up the door for me go until this year. In March after searching Mission Trips on the Real4Christ website I saw that Ashley River Baptist Church out of Charleston, SC (about 2hrs from me) was traveling to Kenya in June and they had one slot available on their team and I knew instantly that GOD was in the midst! I reached out to the Youth Pastor (and leader for the trip) Kent Williams and he agreed to allow me to become part of the team.....I love how GOD works! Once I joined the team the 11 members of Ashley River Baptist Church became my family as I traveled to Charleston most Sundays to attend meetings with them. 



When the door opened up for me to go on this mission trip I was so excited but nervous because I didn't know how I would raise the finances to go but my mom kept reminding me that GOD wouldn't open the door and not provide. I was also reminded that I had sown seeds on good ground and that a harvest was going to come. When I made the decision to trust GOD and not to worry I looked up and my trip was paid for. I mean, I started getting donations from people that I didn't even know, but I am so thankful that they were obedient to the Holy Spirit and I made sure I prayed blessings over every seed.  
 
As the days got closer and closer for the team and I to depart the more nervous I became. I wasn't nervous about traveling or anything like that I just wanted to help make a difference in the lives of people of Kenya and I want to make sure I was spirit led!  The first day we arrived at MBEWAU Academy we were welcomed by some of the most beautiful kids in the world singing a welcome song for the 12 of us and I knew that my life would forever be changed.  I was no longer nervous about making a difference in the lives of these kids I just wanted to fellowship with them, play with them, pick up their infectious smiles and share CHRIST with them. During the two week mission trip the team and I had the chance to build relationships by evangelizing in the villages, walking kids home to meet their families, spending time with students in their classrooms, visiting 5 church plants and having a carnival at each school and with each person that I met they deposited a seed of love in my heart. With every reason that I could think of for the people I met not to smile I am sure they could tell me two or more reasons why they did smile. 
 


I love that Real4Christ is planting so many Godly seeds and building relationships not only for the children that attend MBEAWAU or Maasai Corner but for the people that visit the clinics, pump water at the different wells Real4Christ has provided, or attends the church services.  Galatians 6:7, "Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap" so I am rejoicing because I know the harvest season is coming! 
Please lift Chris and Lisa Moore (founders of Real4Christ) up in prayer as they continue to grow the mission GOD has given them. When I asked Chris how does he handle everything he looked at me and he said it is ALL GOD....and I couldn't agree with him more. Take a few minutes to visit the Real4Christ website (www.real4christ.com) to see how you can sow a seed into this great ministry.
Asanta Sana (Thank you very much)
A'Keta Vasser


Sunday, July 5, 2015

The Best Decision I Could Have Made



The ARBC team just recently got back from Kenya last week, and I was blessed enough to be a part of it. My sister and I had ventured to Kenya in the summer of 2013 and were able to meet all of the amazing kids at both Maasai Corner and Mbewau. Returning to Kenya a few weeks ago was the best decision I could have made! With a team this time, my sister and I arrive at Mbewau--completely overwhelmed. Without realizing what would happen beforehand, we began to recognize face after face of the smiling students. They had grown so much and all we expected was that they would vaguely remember us, but we were well beyond surprised… Later in the day, I saw a few kids I remembered by name and yelled, “Hey, do you remember me?” In unison, they replied, “Yes!--Sky!” Right then and there I could have broken down crying- overwhelmed with emotions of joy and heartache. These kids love us and value us so much more than we could imagine. I felt so much joy because I then realized I had officially built a relationship with them. I was able to build that relationship even more through the week that followed, which put a priceless value on this trip. Each child has a story and getting to know just one of them changed my life. Chris and Lisa have allowed many people to meet the children they sponsor, face to face, and even find the child they want to sponsor by going to the school and seeing these kids in their school atmosphere.


-Sky Williams-
Charleston, SC



Sunday, June 28, 2015

Out of my comfort zone!




Last year I came to Kenya on my first mission trip and so I did it again this year.  My church, Connect Church in Arlington, TX,  has partnered with Maasai Corner to put on a pastors conference. Thursday  was a amazing night with worship, testimony, and breaking bread. There are fifty pastors from Kenya and other countries that have come to this conference. Chris, Pastor Chondo, Brandon, and I shared our testimony. Thats right, I shared my story with pastors. I am not a big fan of public speaking but I am thankful I got the opportunity to do it. Mission trips will take you out of your comfort zone. It is a wonderful experience spiritually.




Tuesday, June 23, 2015

I will never be the same!

The team from South Carolina has been in Kenya about a week now.  I have really enjoyed seeing their pictures and just wanted to share a few words from Pastor Kent. Thank you ARBC for sharing the love of God with the Kenyan people! God bless you.

Today we visited 4 Church plants inland Kenya: Msuri Fellowship (pastor Isaiah), Mwakalanga Fellowship (pastor Julius), Mteza Fellowship (Pastor Peter) and Dzomba Fellowship (Pastor Gladson). We also visited a government school so we could understand better what Real4Christ is offering children here in Kenya. We took off road safari vans to access these churches that are down mountain paths, crossing rivers, and waiting on grazing herds, and narrow passages... there was so much love for people and God, it was amazing. I will never be the same. "if you are not careful to listen, you might miss the voice of God." (Chris Moore, through tears, after worshiping with Dzomba Fellowship today)... If I had not come to Kenya, I would have missed just that.... "Go, send or disobey!" __John Pipe....Kent Williams

These rocks are used as seats for the children in the government school.




Wednesday, May 27, 2015

God provides for those He calls!

Several years ago Chris and Lisa went to the small town of Borger, TX.  The great people of Fellowship Baptist took them on as their missionaries to Kenya.  A year later I (David Hayes) got to speak there as well and share about the things God was doing in Kenya.  

While there I met a young engaged couple named Nathan and Hayley.  They told me that one day they would go to Kenya with R4C.  Another year passed and Fellowship was planning their first trip to Kenya.  Kim and I had the pleasure of speaking again in their church and doing a training session for the team.  Nathan and Hayley were now married and had asked for people to donate towards their Kenya trip instead of giving them gifts for their wedding.  We are really looking forward to serving with them and the rest of the Fellowship team in September! I love to hear stories of how God has worked in peoples lives and provided for their mission trips.





Hello! We are Nathan and Hayley Schraeder and this is our story….

Hayley’s side of the story:

I grew up in Dodge City, Kansas going to church all my life, thinking that I was a Christian and that I was a “good person”. When Nathan and I began dating in high school, I stopped going to the church I grew up in and started going to church with him, only because I wanted to spend more time with him. As I continued to attend church with Nathan and his family, I began to learn more about Christ than I ever had before. I began to learn the truth and that it is only by grace through faith in Christ that I could ever be righteous in God’s eyes. The summer between my junior and senior year of high school, I went to church camp with Nathan and the rest of the youth group. It was there at that camp that I cried out to Jesus with all that I had and was saved by His amazing grace. After that, I began to feel a pull towards being a missionary even though I knew very little about what it even meant. One week after I graduated high school in May of 2011, I moved to Borger, Texas to live with my dad and step-mom. I began to attend Fellowship Baptist Church in Borger and started growing in the Lord and learning more and more about His kingdom. In August of 2012, I went on my first mission trip out of the country to Rivne, Ukraine and it was after returning home from this trip I knew that this was exactly what God wanted me to do with the rest of my life.

Nathan’s side of the story:

I also grew up in Dodge City. I accepted salvation at a church camp when I was 11 years old. At that same church camp a few years later, when I was 14, there was a speaker talking about missions work going on in Kenya, Africa. I don’t remember anything else about that speaker or that entire week of camp that year, except for the moment when God told me that one day I would go to Kenya. I can look back and remember everything about that special moment God and I shared. The fact that I would be going to Kenya one day as a missionary was the only information God provided, so I can only wait in anticipation to see what my Lord has in store for Hayley and I when we get there. I had heard about Fellowship Baptist Church through Hayley, she would always tell me about the wonderful things God was doing in her as an individual and in the congregation. She told me how amazing it was that they were so missions and discipleship focused and shortly after, I was making plans to move to Borger. Since being here I haven’t exactly been the model of the perfect disciple. It’s been a bumpy road, but God has taught me so much on my journey. Not too long after I moved to Borger, my high school sweetheart became my wife and she is always pointing me towards God and helping me grow closer to Him.

Now that we’re married:

We got married on November 22, 2014 and we are so excited to embark on this journey as husband and wife! We believe that God has paired us together for work in the mission field and find evidence of this every day as we experience new challenges and excitements that we get to work through together as husband and wife, as a team, and as best friends. We look forward to our trip to Kenya with Real 4 Christ, as it will be the beginning of a new chapter in our walk with God and our marriage. So far, getting ready for Kenya has proved to be an adventure in itself. While we have had so much support from family and friends, we have also been met with a fair amount of opposition. It has been made clear that not all of our family and friends understand why we would put ourselves at risk for what we believe and we continuously pray for God to work in their hearts. God has also continuously given us confirmation about going to Kenya by moving the hearts of family members that went from shoving newspaper articles and reason after reason as to why we shouldn’t go in our faces (literally) to now giving hundreds of dollars to support our trip because they see how important it is to us. God has also moved the hearts of people who know our story to share it with others, and because of that we have also received financial support for our trip from people we don’t even know. It is simply amazing! Folks, God is at work in this world even though sometimes it doesn’t seem like it, and we can either join Him in furthering His kingdom or we can watch it happen from afar. Please continue to pray for us and the rest of the team as we prepare to go. Also pray for our families, that they rest easy knowing we are in God’s hands and that they understand the importance of God’s Word and making it known. And pray for the hearts of those in Kenya, that they would be receptive to the Gospel as we go and share this life-changing truth with them. Our story is nothing special, it is just simply a testimony of God’s grace, faithfulness, and sovereignty in our lives.

To Him be the Glory forever,


Nathan and Hayley Schraeder

Monday, May 4, 2015

Mission Trips Change Lives Part 4!



To say that Mombasa, Kenya changed my life would be an understatement. It not only helped me find who I am as a person but it also helped me discover my dream in wanting to become a nurse.


My first trip to Kenya was back in 2007 when I was a junior in High School. Chris came to my school and spoke at chapel about taking a group over to Mombasa. I immediately signed up without a hesitation. It had always been a dream of mine to travel to Africa. I came back home after a 2 week trip ready to go back again to learn more about this country I was beginning to fall in love with.

I returned back to Kenya that next summer and it forever changed my life. Lisa set up a clinic in one of the classrooms to help treat the sick and wounded in the village. A little girl around the age of 8 came limping in and upon inspection it was evident that the bottom of her foot and toe were burned off. She had accidentally stepped in a fire that she thought was dead!  I began to clean out her wound and wrapped it in a bandage when I realized that she was immediately going to walk on this bandage and get her wound dirty from the dirt. I decided to take off my sock and put it on hers to cover the bandage. When I began to put on the sock it was not fitting because of how swollen her foot was. I immediately began praying that the sock would fit. God answered the prayer with a yes and instantly the sock began to fit! The rest of the day as I walked with one sock off, it was a constant reminder of how blessed I was and how I wanted to help others like this for the rest of my life!


 I came back from Kenya completely transformed. I not only recognized what I wanted to do with my life but I also recommitted my life to Christ and was baptized in the village by the Pastor of the church in Mtepeni. After my return, I began my college career at ACU in the Nursing program. It was a rough journey but I always would look at the picture of me with my three precious girls and would remember how it would all be worth it.

I have officially become a Registered Nurse and am now working for Baylor Scott & White in Dallas, TX. I cannot wait to return to Kenya now that I have experience and to see all the grown up faces of the kids I once took care of and played with. Not a day goes by that I don’t think about the people who impacted my life in Kenya. I truly believe that half of my heart will forever be stuck in Mombasa.



I don’t know what my life would be like today if it weren’t for Chris and Lisa, and for Lisa’s guidance in choosing nursing as my career. All I do know is that I am forever changed because of them and I am eternally grateful for Real 4 Christ Ministries.