Go To The Gates

December 2014

Jambo from Kenya! We are approaching day three of our Impact Trip in Kenya, and our team has already had some incredible experiences. During the first full day, we hosted a VBS at one of our centers in a community called Ngando. At one point in the afternoon we had the children spit into two large groups for sports activities and games. As we prepared to teach the children how to play duck duck goose, we instructed our group to circle up and hold hands in the center of a field right inside the compound gates. One little girl, Esther, was particularly excited, and grabbed onto my hand, jumping up and down and giggling while we waited to start the game.

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As I looked around, taking an inventory of the kids, I noticed a girl standing at the gates of the compound, shyly looking on at the fun being had. Esther caught my gaze and looked over to the girl at the gates. She looked up at me, looked at her hand holding mine, and then ran to the girl at the gates. Before I could even call to her, she had grabbed the little girl’s hand and was running with her back into the filed of the compound. Esther ushered the shy girl to my left side and placed the girls hand in mine, then resumed her place to my right, grabbed my hand again and looked up at me. She was absolutely beaming.

Esther was exited before, but including her friend in the fun increased her joy to exuberance. 

In this time of Advent, I want to challenge you to run to the gate and usher others into the coming joy. What Esther understood was that it isn’t a party unless everyone is invited. I believe the same to be true about celebrating the coming of Christ. We are called as believers to run to the gates  and bring people into the joy that we have found.

How can you intentionally bring people into your joy during this season?