blooming in Africa

Despite a long period of drought, flowers are everywhere in this part of Africa right now. It’s the season for the winter rains and things once scorched and left thirsting beneath the punishing sun of summer are now relaxing and unfolding under the gentle encouragement of the slightest bits of water.

blooming in AfricaIt doesn’t take much. Just a little bit can bring out the green in anything and the flowers can not resist the urge to seize the moment and burst into bloom while they have the chance.

Not every plant has a flower. Not every tree bears fruit, but those that do seem to know how to respond with the least amounts of nourishment. People can be much the same you know. At least this is what I have learned. Hope is a wonderful, nourishing thing;

the hope of Christ is life changing.

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There’s Rose.

Born with a congenital defect, unmarried and living at home with her child, Rose’s lot in life was bleak at best. Life is hard enough for the able-bodied in this part of the world and for the disabled, the challenges are multiplied exponentially.

 Perhaps it was the stark cruelty around her, or maybe it was the cruelty and rejection of others, the fact is; she was becoming hardened as well.

Closed up tight, reserved and withdrawn, Rose lived with very little hope…

- Please read the rest of Lorretta’s story on Dancing on the Dash

Reaching Turkana refugees in Maralal, Kenya

IMG_4838Rose is a Turkana woman living in Maralal, Kenya and was diagnosed with HIV/Aids and received a BGR Hospice bucket from BGR Partners in Maralal. The vitiamins with HIV medication helped improve her health and she now passionately educates people about HIV prevention as well as living with HIV/Aids in her community. We spent much of the day talking to Rose, and then following her around to talk to other HIV positive people who also have received buckets. She loves encouraging other people! This is one of the exciting stories of hope that we are currently working on in Kenya.

Finding Hope in Samburu, Kenya

After an 8 hour drive from Nairobi to Samburu Kenya, we settled in rested, and Sunday morning went out to witness a baptism, and visit several HIV/Aids patients who recently received Buckets from BGR. They shared how the contents had helped their situations, and also learned from their caregivers what a big help it had been. These people had such strong hopeful smiles, even in the face of death. Please visit http://gobgr.org for more information on how you can get involved with the bucket project!

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We also had a chance to visit with a church started and led by Samburu natives. This has proved to be a self-sustained church, and lives have been and continue to be changed!

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On Mission with BGR

IMG_4331We’ve been doing some media related work with Baptist Global Response for the past year, specifically with the Bucket Project. As it has grown to many states with the USA, there’s been a big need to show the people helping; the people being helped, and hear their powerful stories. We will be in several African countries, working with BGR partners, following them into remote areas delivering hope, in the form of a simple bucket with some supplies to help the dying and the ones caring for them. Through the aid of interpreters, we’ll record some of the stories of hope, and the changes experienced through the buckets.

Find out more about the story, how it began, and where it’s taking us by reading Lorretta’s blog at Dancing on the Dash

Find out more about BGR’s Bucket project here

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