The “Messy Middle”


The constant reminders of things to be done and restoration to come was all around this Christmas season in Kenya. The Many family felt that the season reminded them that there was not just the miracle of Christ’s birth, but also the calling for His plans to be completed. Here’s some of Heath and Angela’s recent holiday experience from their blog:

“We have just celebrated our second Christmas season in Kenya. It has truly been filled with such joy! But amid the joyful celebrations and rewarding service opportunities, we are surrounded here by constant reminders that we still live in the “messy middle.” This term, “messy middle,” has been used by different people in different ways, sometimes to describe the timeframe between the starting and completion of a goal. But here, I mean the time between the arrival of Christ in human form as the promised redeemer of mankind…and His anticipated return to restore harmony, true PEACE, to His creation.”

So, yes, we celebrate Christmas with deeply grateful hearts…as this miraculous coming of Christ to earth gives us hope and promise of things made right and new…and we also longingly yearn for His rule as the true Prince of Peace. This promise gives us true JOY and HOPE even in the midst of pain and suffering. So we strive to LOVE as He taught us…seek PEACE where we can…DEFEND those with no defender…and build God’s kingdom here on earth until He comes to complete the task.

THANK YOU to all who gave toward my “Grown up Christmas list” and to those who give to our ministry year-round. You enabled us to love well this Christmas, and you blessed our community with your gifts. Since a picture is worth a thousand words, here are some pics that describe our Christmas:”

kids gifts

The children were so excited to have their new clothes!


The kids participate in telling the Christmas story.


Each kid got a bag with an orange, toothbrush, toothpaste, soap, pen, pencil, and lollipop inside.


The children were very excited about the oranges because fruit is not served often


Singing Christmas carols in the hospital

“Truly He taught us to love one another; His law is LOVE and His gospel is PEACE.  Chains shall he break, for the slave is our brother, and in His name all oppression shall cease.  Sweet hymns of JOY in grateful chorus raise we; Let all within us PRAISE His holy name.  Christ is the Lord!  O praise His name forever!  His power and glory evermore proclaim!”           ~O Holy Night, verse 3


To partner with the Many family’s ministry in Kenya, click here.

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