I Bless the Rains Down in Africa

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

I've never really understood that lyric, but ever since Kelsey left (and Dax Shepard and Kristen Bell made a music video to it) I can't get that song out of my head.

Moving on...Kelsey is in Africa! She's been there over a month (oh my gosh), and I can't believe it's taken me this long to write about it. Of course, she'll be there until December so I guess time is on my side in this case.

Kelsey's journey to get to Africa is the first time I've firsthand witnessed God's plan playing out, and it still makes my head spin. You can read her whole testimony here, but I'll also give you my two cents. Because you asked for it, right?

Kelsey is a total homebody. The only thing she loves more than her family is Jesus. I could not get my head around the fact that she was going to Africa for 11 months... on purpose! She's been talking about Africa since she was a little girl, and while (being her sister-in-law) I only know a small part of her journey, it truly blows my mind. God has been setting this up since the beginning of time, and made sure everything fell perfectly into place to get her where she needs to be. I guess that's why I'm so excited for her. God has been planning this forever! Can you imagine what He's going to accomplish through her?!

Follow her African journey here: http://kelseybaker9.wix.com/blog

She had a little farewell gathering the weekend before she left, and we all took time to pray for her and her journey. Look at all these people praying! I love it.


Playing with her favorite nephew and niece before the big departure..


Her last American snapchat! (Is it creepy I screen-shotted this? Probably.)


Just minutes before she left for the airport.  I can't believe Aiden will be 15 months old the next time she holds her! Thanks to the fabulous, technological (is that a word?) world we live in - we are able to FaceTime with her every once in awhile!


Debbie and Dave took her to the airport, and sent this photo when she was officially off and headed through security. I still get teary when I look at it. What an amazing woman she is. I can't wait to see what Jesus does through her and the people in South Africa!





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