March 2014

Transformation takes many forms….

Proverbs 16:9 says, A man’s mind plans his way, but the Lord directs his steps and makes them sure. Proverbs 20:24 says, Man’s steps are ordered by the Lord. How then can a man understand his way? When God directs our paths, He often leads us in ways that don’t make sense to us so we’re not always going to understand everything. Learning to move away from trying to reason it all out for ourselves is powerful in our walk of faith.

As we continue our focus on transformation during this Lent season, the word transformation has become a central theme to my story personally as well as professionally here at CFA.  Transformation is defined as a complete or major change in someone’s or something’s appearance, form, etc. As a new team member to CARE for AIDS, the Lord has called me to a season of transformation and as we enter this season He is highlighting some things in this journey to me. One, transformation is a process in which we shed the old to make way for the new. When I joined the team I had been a supporter of CFA for a few years after taking part in an Impact Trip in 2012; however, when the Lord called me to leave my role in education I had no idea what He was preparing me to experience. My path was highlighted by the Lord, but yet I was unsure of what was next in my journey.

During the past few months, I have had the opportunity to dig deeper into a season of faith as I become a member of the CFA family. I have been called into a new season, one of great change in my plans, but oh how great and magnificent are His plans. As He directed me to join the staff, He has opened new relationships, which are giving me a better picture of Him. One of these relationships is with my friend and colleague Linet. You see, her role at CFA is one of truly leading transformation in our clients. She is our Empowerment Coordinator. She literally equips our Kenyan staff through trainings and resources, which empower our clients to provide for themselves and their families. Her job is the transformation process. She provides trainings which allow clients like Veronica, who I met in December, to learn a skill like soap making. This simple trade provides a steady income to a woman who formerly had no way to provide for her family. Talk about the power of transformation. These skills allow women like Veronica to transform and to not only learn skills, but to provide for their families.  They are a picture of hope and change as they are equipped to change the trajectory of their families.

Just as I have been given the opportunity to share stories with our supporters here in the US of life transformation of our clients, my friend Linet is making these trainings happen in our 19 centers across Kenya. It’s amazing to think of His timing in the merging of our stories. She and I came on staff within one week of each other. She in Kenya and I here in the US. The beautiful part is our paths have been directed by the Lord in such similar ways. We both sit in seats of transformation professionally as we left previous roles to join the CFA staff and we both get to be part of the transformation of our clients. I get to celebrate and share stories here and she is on the other side providing and selecting trainings to transform the lives of men and women. As we continue to allow Him to lead our steps, we find assurance that His plans are mightier than our own and we celebrate our partnership in the transformation process.