In 2017, I visited a place called Kuresoi that is about three rough hours from Tenwek with the most senior Tabitha bible study leaders. Word spread to this place near the forest about a bible study in which women could earn a bible in their mother tongue and study for themselves. You can read the full story here. Last weekend, I had the chance to go back!!!! They said more women had memorized the 17 verses required to earn a bible. They were ready for our leaders to come and listen as they recited. AND I GOT TO GO!!!!
At first, I was impressed with how many women were able to complete the required verses. But the more I talked to the ladies in the crowd, I realized something more impressive, more inspiring and convicting. I began asking how they got to the meeting that day. Their answers were astounding!! After talking to a few women, I began asking each one the same question,
"How far did you travel to get here today?"
"We walked a half an hour to get here. We will not be tired in the work of the Lord."
"Footing it is a half an hour."
"I don't know how long it took, but I know it cost 200 shillings."
"Just one hour walking, half an hour on the back of a motorbike."
"Two hours walking...."
"We rented a vehicle and came from four hours further to be here today."
This woman walked three hours to get to the meeting.
(White head scarf) Four hours. On foot. One way.
"I don't know how long it took. I started walking yesterday, slept along the way, and continued until I arrived this morning." (blue head scarf)
And after all that, this is the sacrificial gift I was given for making the journey in a comfortable vehicle to the meeting.
The Lord is doing amazing things in these hillsides of Kenya!!!!!
One hundred and eighty-eight women earned their bibles that day.
"Give thanks to the LORD and proclaim his greatness. Let the whole world know what he has done."
Mike (pediatric surgeon) and Julie (nurse/mother to two) living in Kenya, East Africa