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A Mountain Goat With Pink Slippers

Wednesday, February 6, 2019

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“Men, by their overcaution, bid us never tread a step lest we fall; but God bids us go, and makes our feet like hind’s feet, that we may tread upon high places.” – Charles Haddon Spurgeon

Back in April 2014, I had the privilege of leading a prison ministry team to Kenya. While there, we ministered in 10 different correctional institutions – including one of only two maximum-security prisons in all of Africa – and an orphanage. Our trip was arranged through a Christian friend who serves as a volunteer chaplain in prisons throughout the western part of Kenya.

After almost 24 hours in the air – from Orlando to Detroit to Amsterdam to Nairobi – we landed in Nairobi and bedded down in a guest house there. We spent most of the next day driving on pothole-filled dirt roads to Kakamega, where we checked into another guest house. Over the next 10 days, our itinerary was jam-packed with ministry opportunities from dawn to dusk…and often beyond.

However, one day we had a few hours off and so, we asked our host to take us sightseeing. His choice of venue was a national park that featured a long hike through a dense rainforest and then a 45-degree climb up a rocky mountainside.

Because we were near the Equator, it was hot and humid. And because we were more than 5,000 feet above sea level, the air was very thin as well.

Undaunted, our six-man team started the climb. However, our breathing soon became labored, especially for the 300-pound power-lifters who accompanied us on the trip. But eventually, we all made it to the top, where the scenery was simply spectacular.

Guess who arrived at the summit first? The chaplain’s five-year old daughter, Joy, who skipped up the mountainside like a goat… only her “hoofs” were covered with pink plastic shoes that resembled slippers more than hiking boots!

The lesson I learned that day – and have continued learning ever since – is that with God’s help, we can climb any mountain, ford any stream, follow any rainbow, and find any dream. Just ask Joy…and Julie Andrews!

“For who is God, except the LORD? And who is a rock, except our God? It is God who arms me with strength, and makes my way perfect. He makes my feet like the feet of deer, and sets me on my high places.” Psalm 18:31-33 (NKJV)

Editor’s Note: Please pray for Joy Kinuthia, who was hospitalized yesterday after she started vomiting blood. – DMG

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