Monthly Archives: November 2011

Encouraged

What to write about? How do you take a trip of 3 weeks and sum it up into a nice concise blog? How do you take an experience, a year in the making, and sum it up in a way that provokes a feeling of passion in the reader when they finish?  Better yet, how do you create something that erases apathy and stirs up empathy?

To me personally, this trip meant a lot. It was the culmination of several years of ideas and desires and it became the catalyst for plans and dreams for years to come. I’ve dedicated a large portion of my life to Africa, and generously she has dedicated a large part of herself to me. Africa has become one of the most confusing, challenging, beautiful, encouraging, and redemptive relationships of my life. I have found myself strangely dependent on her, much more so than the continent will ever depend on me.

As I think back to how the trip to Kenya impacted me, I’m left with more feelings than words can express. But if I had to sum it up with one main idea I would say the trip really encouraged me and forced me to focus on the future. It reignited my desire to see the youth of Kenya acquire the skills and knowledge necessary to be a vehicle for change within their own country.

The goals of Two Feet Project come with so many challenges but I have peace that God is at work within the youth of Kenya. Throughout the trip we heard the stories of young men and women overcoming insurmountable challenges, met with organizations that are just as hungry as we are to see sustainable change, and had a chance to reflect on my own desire to see things come to fruition. I’m confident about the future not only of Two Feet Project but more importantly the future of the youth of Kenya.  I’m just thrilled to be able to be a part of it all.

This trip has served as a reminder that this is only the beginning and that the future looks bright. I’m so excited to see where God takes Two Feet Project. I’m humbled to be a part of His plan for Kenya and I’m honored to be trusted by close friends and acquaintances in leading this trip.

“The ambitions we have will become the stories we live!”  ~~Donald Miller

God Bless!

Stephen Ishmael

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