Tim’s Story: A Witness

Written by lauren. Posted in Missions, Stories

Tim Parker shares what his four visits (and counting!) have taught him about generosity
and life.

Tim WorkingMy first trip to Makutano, Kenya was in 2008—a totally surreal experience. I never would have imagined that I would have such an opportunity, and now I have been there four times. I’m so blessed!  

While I have helped out and volunteered for various projects on each of my visits, I feel that I have not necessarily been a doer. Instead, I feel I have been a witness.  I’m a witness to God’s works, and the
generosity of family, friends, and strangers as they lay down their resources and time to help the people of Makutano.  I have seen God’s generosity in the American travelers, who give out of our abundance, but I have seen even more of God’s generosity in the people of Makutano who have nothing, but are willing to give you all they have.

I have had the privilege of meeting some great people in Kenya—Davis and Nixon, just to name a couple.  Their character and commitment to others is infectious, and I can’t help but feel recharged after being with them. They make me realize my purpose in life is greater than my own.  I believe God has great plans for the people of Makutano, Kenya because I have undoubtedly been witness to some of those plans being played out.

Tim playing with kids

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