The (occasionally)incoherent ramblings of Pastor / Scholar Darin M. Wood
VBS is here!
Okay - we hit the ground running this morning with the crank-up of our annual Vacation Bible School. This was the first major event I was here for last year, so it seems right to get it back up on it's feet this year! A special thanks is due to Katrina Holmans, our VBS Director. It's hard work to put all the pieces in place and then hope you've hit the right combination. We'll be posting pictures on our website so check there to find your kid!
My mom went home to be with Jesus last week. I don't say "I lost my mom" because lost means I don't know where she is. I know where she is. Over the last couple of weeks, I've had time to reflect on some of the holy moments I shared with my mom. I hope you'll forgive the length of my writing but I'll start with the last.
When we took my mom to the hospice center, I knew it wouldn't be long. Sadly, with my line of work, I've been there before. Albeit with other families, but I knew where we were. It was decided that my sisters would return home (since they both had "regular" jobs) and I would stay the night with mom. No sooner had my family left than I literally saw my mom begin to change. Almost imperceptibly at first but I could tell she was sliding away from me. I talked to her and sang along with her beloved Gaither music that we kept playing from her iPad. I held her hand and told her some of the things I'll share belo…
Last year, right before I was diagnosed with cancer, I had a wonderful invitation to join a pastor training conference in Ethiopia. After I was diagnosed, I had to bail. Before I did, however, my friend Getaneh told me, "When you're over this, we'll get you to East Africa." Tomorrow morning, I'll find the truth of his prophecy.
I'm leaving tomorrow on a 2 week trip. On this trip, I'll visit Ethiopia, Kenya and Lebanon. Following the example of the Apostle Paul, I'm going to encourage and equip churches and their leaders, to see our mission partners in action where they serve and to be encouraged. I'd be lying if I said the trip didn't intimidate me a little. I stacked it this way because of the vicinity of these partners and the cost-effectiveness of making one trip instead of three. It SEEMED like a good idea. Now, the night before I leave, the idea of being away from my family and my church family for 2 weeks seems daunting. I'…
Forgive the slow nature of my report on this - it was a wild ride the last couple of days.
Friday morning, we got up and left to make the 3 hour drive back to Nairobi. At home, the trip might be about 2 hours (about the same distance as to Abilene) but the roads and traffic in Kenya make it longer. The best part was the company in the truck with me. Trena and Jim Mroczko are some serious rock stars! I tried to think of someone I would drive 3 hours to pick up, drive them 3 hours back home and then repeat that less than 48 hours later - I could name only a couple. I'm deeply grateful for their kindness and their hospitality. Their work at His Cherished Ones Children's Home is amazing. There's a solid reason we at FBC partner with them. I can promise you they are doing some incredible work. In Keyna, sadly, it's not uncommon for babies to be abandoned. It's happened at least 89 times in the last 10 years since they were formed. With a staff of 20, His Cher…