Thursday, 31 December 2015

Year 2015 in 777 words

2015 you will remain a very significant year to my life and one of the years I will always cherish. Looking back warily brings so many things to mind and not all would be put in pen and paper. Some of the days have made the highlight of my 2015. Back in Feb we took a bold step with the youth group and went out to reach the community in an event dabbed LOVED2LOVE. It was not only a very cold day but also a very bold move to share God’s love with his people. We all enjoyed it and had lots of opportunities to serve and to learn.

The month of March saw me fulfil the customary requirements for marriage in the paying of the dowry for my betrothed. It is in the same month God miraculously healed my grandpa from his third stroke and I so clearly remember encouraging him while on his hospital bed and in much faith that he would live to be at our wedding and beyond; a prayer that God in his amazing grace fulfilled. There was so much that happened between March and the 15th of August. I saw the greatness of God, the commitment of my fiancĂ©, the love of the family and kindness of friends in so many ways in the wedding preparations and day.  

The 15th of August was the greatest day I have known so far; it is the day the girl of my dreams and I joyfully said ‘YES I DO’ to each in our nuptials. The splendour of God’s glory mingled with the festive love of family and friends filled our hearts and the atmosphere as we celebrated the wedding day. September brought the big QUESTION; when and how to get a Visa for Irene to be able to join me in the UK… And yes we serve a miracle working God for indeed in his right time the visa was granted and we were able to travel together. 14th of November was also a highlight day for it is then we celebrated the renewal of our vows with our wonderful friends in the UK. It was so humbling to be able to see our English friends dance the mugiithi (dance train) and be able to be part of our second wedding. December can never go without a mention for its busyness as well as its many festivities and we celebrate the love and hospitality of Rogers for hosting us for Christmas and many other friends for welcoming us. 

wedding day
December has also been a month of so much reflections, prayer and trusting God for mum’s healing as she has been in hospital for nearly half of the month. She has improved a great deal and today the last day of 2015 she managed to ask to be discharged from the hospital, though not yet it is a great step of faith for her. The list of stuff, whether work, personal or other is endless but not without a few major lessons.

Where there is faith there is a path however small and in courageous hope we must always pursue...

Hours, days, weeks, months & years pass us in haste yet not one act of love and kindness vanishes …

There is never a mistake in trusting the Author of life; he is always there with us no matter the ending …

We can choose to appreciate or ignore the chances we get in life but we have no choice in facing the consequences of our choices…

It is better to have more friends than funds and it is better to healthier to do more good than to eat more good food…

Suffering and pleasure are both parts of our life package but the former shapes our life better…
2015 would have had so many blank spaces were it not for my wife, my family, my friends and my Father being there for me.

As I look back I see so many indelible marks of your role and in my life all glowing with compassion and love. I want to send you a massive hug of gratitude and a big welcome to you to rejoin me in 2016 in the hope that I also have been significant to you.

I look forward to 2016 with even more hope and faith. I pray that my dreams, my desires, my thoughts, my intentions, my words and deeds will all bring glory to the King of kings.

Whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks through Him to God the Father. (Col 3:17)

Renewal of vows
Colin and Jan our lovely UK family

wedding day 
Ngai aheyo Ugocii
Mungu apewe Sifa
To God be the Glory