Going to Kenya (Yes, I'm asking for help)

In a month and a half I'm heading to Kenya to spend 8 days loving on, learning from, serving and teaching women who are trapped in sex trade industry (#1 commercial industry in Kenya, I know unbelievable).

And yes, this is one of those letters. You know the ones... you get them, you see they really just want your money and not just your prayers, (you might roll your eyes), you delete them. 

Before you click delete or you keep scrolling, will you just hear me out real quick? Pretty please?

Here's the deal: I have 1 month to raise $2,169. 

I don't know about you, but that's a lot of money for me. What's not a lot of money is $20. I will not even consider the Chris Kiser/Dave Ramsey budget for $20 at Chick-Fil-A or Torchy's. All I need is a 100 friend to give $20. (Or if we want to do this faster, 20 friends to give $100.) 

 

What will I be doing? 

Minor details right? :)

I'm going with His Voice Global, one of my very favorite non-profits in all the world. They are holding a women's conference in an area of Kenya that's predominant economic structure is based on the commercial sex trade industry. We will be working alongside Rift Valley Fellowship, a church that ministers to the vulnerable women and children in this area, to help with their efforts to provide wholistic care to the women and children of Maai Mahiu. 

 

So would you please, oh please, making a tax-deductible donation towards my trip? 

How to do give toward the Kenya trip:

1: Click the button below: 

2: Type in your amount

3: Be sure to select my name (Becky Kiser) in the drop down list. 

4: Finish the rest of the parts and don't forget to click the "donate" button at the end. 

 

My thank you to you

For anyone that makes a donation towards my trip, whether $5 or $500, I want to give you a FREE digital Sacred Holidays Lent study. If you already have one, then you can use this code to give to a friend. Yes, Lent already started but the study is set up with each day being a stand alone day. So you can pick up right where we are and then always go back and do the other days when you have time. Go to the Sacred Holidays Lent shop and use code IGAVETOKENYA to get you free digital study. 

 

I promise I'll be sharing more about the trip on social media when I go and get back. And I feel certain there will be some blogs coming about it too. 

P.S. If you are new to my blog, I think this is the first time I've ever asked for money on it. So don't think this is a typical practice. This trip came up last minute and I just really believe I'm supposed to go on it. Coming up with 2 grand is a lot for us, so we wanted to invite others to give who can't go. 

Does His Word Fall Flat?

If you ever feel stuck in studying the Bible or like it just always seems to fall flat, know you aren't alone. I've dealt with this, like yesterday. And every where I go speak or women I interact with through Sacred Holidays, I hear this again and again: "I want to study His Word but I just don't know how!" or "I want to have some big 'Aha!' moment but I feel like I keep checking out or I just don't get it."

This isn't a How To post because I don't believe that actually works when it comes to studying His Word and knowing God. There isn't one right way. But I hope what I share with you today encourages you to not let it become something you dread or something you feel clueless about approaching. 

I've been reading through the Minor Prophets, all those books between Psalms and the New Testament. For me they've always been neglected. They are either last up if I've done a read through the Bible plan or get overlooked simply because they are harder to connect with, for me, than the gospels or other New Testament books.

Honestly, I've been so surprised by how much I love the minor prophets. It's been a beautiful journey.... until I hit Ezekiel. I don't know why but I just haven't connected with it. I just couldn't get into it at all no matter how much I'd muster to get there. 

Yesterday, as I sat down to read again, I stopped and I just asked God to blow fresh air on His Word. That I wouldn't just come to it out of duty or discipline but that His Word would come alive right smack in the middle of Ezekiel. I remembered Hebrews 4:12 and prayed that over my time: 

"For the Word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart." 

I stared at that verse I'd read and said so many times and the words popped afresh: 

Living. 

Active.

Piercing.

Discerning. 

This is His Word. It is not dead. It is not stagnant. It is not flat. It is not random. 

This is what I needed. This is what we need. 

So I flipped back to Ezekiel and prayed that verse again over my reading and asked with great expectation that the Spirit of the Living God would breath life into my soul and actively work by piercing me and discerning my thoughts. 

And I began to see phrases come together that have been repeated again and again. Words like, "then they will know that I am the Lord." Ezekiel is a lot of "This person did X, so this happened as a consequence. I'm over it." Rinse and repeat. (I'm sure there is a whole lot theological off about that summary, ha!) All of a sudden these stories of failure and judgement came to life-- All of it was so they would know Him.

All of life's circumstances are for Him and to bring us closer to Him. Not a thing is wasted on the Lord.

Also, I saw the power of what God was doing with Ezekiel. Each time the Lord would say to him, "Speak X..." This man's job was simply to open His mouth and say the very thing the Lord had given him and he did it. Without question and without addition or buffering. As a teacher this was wildly powerful to read. 

So what about you? Where are you at with your time in the Word? Remember, friend, it's not an obligation deal. Are you ready for something to pierce you? Does being a Christian feel like a flat thing sometime or a just an emotional response on Sundays? His Word is powerful. His Word is for you. Let's go after it!

If you ever need suggestions or advice on studying His Word, just ask! You can find me on Instagram (@beckykiser)

Top Tips for Making Your Dream a Reality

Are you considering starting a new business? Maybe a wild dream of a business plan, maybe joining a network marketing company, maybe starting your own ministry, or maybe something else totally new! Kinda scary, right? Exciting, but scary. 

Or maybe you've already started and you felt like you need a do over of sorts. Yeah? 

OK, I feel 100% confident this will help you.

These are are some of the things I share with my clients when we first start meeting. Obviously we get way more detailed and specific because it's one-on-one. BUT I didn't want to hold some all of the info secret, I wanted you to get started on your dream! 

I have to warn you, I shoot it to you straight. You may not like me at all during most of this, and that's OK. I don't sugar coat things with my clients, and I won't sugar coat it with you. Sometimes it's easier to hear the things we really need to hear from someone who isn't our bestie, our parents, our spouse, or our counselor even. Sometimes it needs to be a total stranger to kick our butts into action... or into quitting.

But you'll have to keep reading to find out more. 

So proud of you! Let me know what your biggest takeaway is for you and/or your dream.