Recently, I had the privilege along with another couple to go to Karen, Kenya, to serve and minister. After waiting many years to go to Africa, the dream had come true, and we found ourselves boarding the plane to travel over 7,000 miles to Africa to a whole new world (it seemed), and yet, it felt like home in so many ways once we arrived.
As we came into the Nairobi airport, the friendly smiles and warm welcomes soon told us that we were on this almost three-week journey to press forward and take hold. We knew of course this was the Lord's business and that as He promised to take care of us, He was ever true to His word. He would see to it as we co-labored together with Him that much would be accomplished for the furtherance of His kingdom.
From the time line in mid February when the door of opportunity opened and we realized Kenya was calling our name, there were some obstacles to step over, and even to knock down, so that we could go forward with the mission at hand. Even from our day of travel, the newspaper headlines read that there were serious problems again in Nairobi with dangerous situations. But despite even that, we knew there were lives to be touched for the Gospel, and we were pressing on, trusting in the Lord's protection as we took hold. Through the Lord's foresight, we were even able to have a short rest for a few days in Zurich, Switzerland, to 'ready' us for the days ahead. He knew that our remainder of the time was to be focused on giving our very best to the Kaloki family in Kenya, along with their Eternity Gospel Ministries Church and Bible school. So we pressed on! In the midst, He did exceedingly far more than we could have ever imagined, for there were many lifelong connections made. We have yet to see what will be accomplished.
Perhaps you are reading this and thinking to yourself that you may never have an opportunity such as this one. However, every day of our lives we find ourselves in situations and opportunities that may present themselves as different, exciting and even challenging.
When the Apostle Paul wrote in Philippians 3, it was an exhortation then and still is to press ahead, with no looking back. Verse 12 says, "Not that I have already attained, or am already perfected, but I press on, that I may lay hold of that which Christ Jesus has also laid hold of me."
Although our journeys may be different and unique, nonetheless, as servants and friends of the King, we must continue to walk with Him day by day, step by step and moment by moment. Keep stepping over those seeming obstacles and go forward. I believe we all will be amazed at what our Lord will do in the midst of our putting our full trust in Him to take hold of all He has for each of us.
Keep pressing forward!
-Whaley is a member of Citychurch and the Northeast Regional Director of Yokefellowship Prison Ministry.