“As my mother’s casket was being lowered into the ground, I watched in slow motion as my father threw his hands up in a rage and stormed off—for good. My broken heart could not be comforted. My eyes stayed on my younger sisters only 11, 12 and 15, weeping uncontrollably, their knees giving way. Nothing could describe the dread that gripped me as we slowly walked away from that grave into what felt like a black hole of a future. We were homeless, trapped in hopelessness, successfully silenced by the shame of losing—everything. Two things I simultaneously longed for: death or a place—a place where seeds of hope could stand the chance to germinate out of the darkness of my young broken heart.” MARLENE MAINA – Chair and Founder, JosiahKids Incorporated
The works of a Holy God: Sometimes in a classroom, sometimes a chisel, sometimes between a rock and a hard place, the LORD of Hosts has patiently refined a cherished daughter He loves. He rescued me! Purging, cutting, and trimming down to diminish all that was unlike Him. Coring out of me the impatience, prideful heart and hopelessness that once snuffed out completely the light of day. El Chanun (the Most Gracious God) has blessed my life with just the right amount of burdens and troubles to keep me humble and dependent on HIM, to prove me, to test me, to prepare me for HIS purpose… and to so graciously mold and lend me the vision to SEE! A Savior, Merciful. Gracious. Holy. A Warrior King. My truest trusted Friend!
My story can be summarized very simply as the face, the shoes or simply the passing shadow—at one point or another of: a broken girl, a grateful sister, a once homeless wanderer, a chosen head-student, a lonely orphan, a supernatural encounter, a dramatic rescue, a supplanted immigrant, a seminary graduate, a cherished bride, a thankful mom, an audacious disciple, a devoted employee, a joyful friend. A heartbeat for the lost. A child of God!
And these are the 3 ways my husband Newton and I have managed to sum up the dreams, goals, and values for which our hearts now beat in this fleeting momentary life God has graciously given us~
- To build our lives
- To build our families, and…
- To build the Kingdom of God
For HIS glory!