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Kenya Day 2

Posted by Jaclyn Royall on

It’s hard to put into words the emotions you feel during this trip. Honestly, I know every day we will all be hit with new waves of emotions as we encounter new people and experiences. While we have seen the slums and met the children from there, we have yet to go beyond AIC Zion and into the homes of the slum. I’m sure when we get there it will make what I’m about to say even more real….

One of the most beautiful parts of AIC is how much joy these children have, and how much they seek, desire, and grow from, the love and attention given to them.

I’m going to side track for a second here, but it will all make sense at the end. I’m also about to get pretty honest with you here, so hear me out.

Before I left for this trip, one of my best friends and I were having a conversation about joy and how I felt like, in my life, I was really struggling with that. I have a job that I love, an amazing family who supports and loves me, and a dog that I love (you can laugh, but Lucy is basically my child, and every time I get messages about her while I’m here, they make me smile!) I have so much yet life so often feels so… numb.

My friend said it best when she said “in this stage of life, it’s just wash, rinse, repeat.” Don’t get me wrong, I know I have a God who loves me, but there are days I feel like I go through all the motions, and at the end of the day I’m so frustrated at the way I felt during that day that the Lord gave me….

So here’s my point. Today when these children were running to us, laughing at/with us, dancing, singing, touching, and literally pushing each other over to be next to us, I realized something. I learned a valuable lesson from these children who have next to nothing. I can’t make myself feel joy. Pure joy is something only my Heavenly Father can provide. When I live in that, I’ll see more joy in life, like these children.


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