How Great Thou Art

How Great Thou Art

Guest Post | Personal Reflection

This is a guest post by Gina Jacklin. Gina serves as our Administrator and Sponsorship Coordinator. Recently she was in Kenya and Tanzania visiting two of newest partner projects, and witnessed first-hand the impact the Hope Story funded projects impact the lives of the children in those communities.

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As I sit here writing my first post from Nairobi, Kenya, I can overhear the hotel staff gathering in the room next to me as they worship and sing in what I can only guess is Kiswahili...though the language is foreign to me I can definitely pick out the song's tune,  'How Great Thou Art' which seems an ironic choice not only because it is one of my favorite songs but because it feels most appropriate as I sit and reflect on the sights and stories of the past few days. So far, I'm awash with feelings of awe, love, gratitude and compassion for the people of this country. I've been overcome by both the natural beauty of God's creation and creativity expressed in its flora and wildlife and have been left enamored by the beautiful smiles, faithful hearts, and the warmness of its people. 


We are currently staying in a guest house that is generally used by missionaries, volunteers and staff members of Christian NGO's. I am both greatly inspired and humbled to see how God is using so many lives from all corners of the world to care for the vulnerable in Africa. It is truly humbling in the best sense of the word, to see how each of us is only but a tiny thread that is being interwoven into a large, colorful tapestry, much bigger and vibrant than I think any one of us can imagine. Each of the individuals we've met at this guest house have dedicated their lives to being a vessel for God's love by sharing the gospel message and being actively involved in social justice matters. 

It is so apparent to me that each of these lives is bringing a different color and texture to God's Great Tapestry in how His great love and faithfulness is being uniquely reflected and shared with precious souls.  A few stories that come to mind are meeting a young twenty something couple from Maryland, US that is devoted long term to helping young adults transition from secondary education to university/college life by equipping them with the practical tools and spiritual nourishment and development that help them lead enriching, thriving lives, and a Kenyan man I met at breakfast that is passionate about bringing spiritual discipleship and leadership through education amongst a tribal people group in northern Kenya.

In just a few hours, we will be traveling to some local schools, where some of the orphaned children from our program are currently attending. I am so privileged and excited to have the amazing opportunity to meet some of these future leaders that will undoubtedly do great things for God's Kingdom and their country (I have a great story about one of these kids that I'll share in a later post!) 

In the meantime, I thought I would leave with the following verse that so captures God's heart for His people:


"Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world." James 1:27

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