Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace.” Colossians 3:15

Jillian and her Sianto one night during fellowship in the Bomas.

The Bush, a place where your adaptability is tested and your feet gain blisters, is the epitome of tranquility. Whether you’re washing clothes in the river while listening to the gushing of the water or you’re gazing up at the infinite amount of stars and full moon that brightens the night, calmness is felt every second.

Eve, Jillian, and Hannah enjoying some team time by our fire one morning at the school.

This is my third time in Kenya, and I’ve always loved the Bush. The rural area of Kenya where we set up tents remains the highlight of my trip. Early mornings making Chai, afternoons playing with children, and late nights of fellowship in the villages constantly remind me of God’s love and vastness. This year, however, the Lord revealed something new to me. I find peace in the Bush.

Coltyn and Tom doing dishes together after the team had cooked lunch. While we are in the Bush, we get to cook our own meals and learn how to cook outdoors!

I began to question if it was actually the Bush that gave me peace, though. Yes, I have only felt truly free and extremely close to God in the Bush; however, there has to be something more specific that gives me this feeling. After much quiet time, I came to the conclusion that it wasn’t the Bush but it was the lack of distractions. The Bush has no Wi-Fi, it has no home to clean, it has no television, no cars, no laptops, no Starbucks…but it does have God and that’s all I need.

Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.” John 14:27

Eve, Jillian, and Coltyn exploring and climbing trees while walking in between Bomas.

If I have to go camping or look for the quietest spot in my city to escape distractions I will, but I know now that even with distractions God can provide peace. Yes it’s harder with the distractions, but it is possible. After leaving the Bush I had to purposefully make time to get away from the distractions around me and it wasn’t easy. I wanted to look at my phone and sleep in my comfortable bed. The answer I found was my Bible. If I started to read God’s word, I felt the rest of the world fade away. I was no longer interested in any of my distractions. All that mattered was the growth of my relationship with God. The Bible is my way of reaching our heavenly Father. There are other ways as well. Music, prayer, and books are other ways to connect. Peace is possible through God. All we have to do is find the way that helps the world around us fade away.

-Jillian

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