My role

God has confirmed a place for me in the Amani Ya Juu family in Nairobi Kenya.  I spent almost the whole of 2011 serving in Africa and am just recently home for a short furlough to celebrate the holidays with family and friends.  I head back again this January and I can’t wait to get there!

What do I do at Amani?  My primary role with Amani is to be their “western design eye”.  I work with the East African ladies to create products authentically African for an American market.  Working with the admin team and in quality control to ensure continued excellence in their product line is key.  A spiritual focus for me is to disciple new trainees in the Bible and pour out love on them as they enter in to this new life of God’s hope and peace.

How is it possible for me to do this missionary work abroad?  The answer is Great Commission Ministries.  In February 2010 I joined the staff of GCM to do international missions in Kenya.  It has been a blessing to join this team of faithful servants who support me in prayer and with their gifts of administration.  Their work in the office allows me to be focused out in the field!

Going on staff with GCM and moving to Nairobi to work along side of Amani Ya Juu has been a huge step of faith.  I ask for your prayers as I take this leap again as it has already proven to be an intense yet rewarding journey.

I also need to cultivate a ministry team to help with the financial aspect of this job.  This important work is funded entirely by generous people like you!  By supporting this ministry with recurring monthly gifts or single gifts, you can make it possible for me to live in Kenya and reach out to the poor and broken there.  I desire to share Christ’s love with these women… Would you consider becoming a financial partner to allow me to GO and continue on in this important work?

If you have any questions or would like to hear more, please contact me at ali.wood@gcmweb.org.  If you are interested in giving, you can go here for online setup, or contact me regarding check donations.

Thank you sincerely for your interest and prayerful consideration towards this ministry.  I am excited to watch the Lord work mightily and transform lives at Amani Ya Juu!

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“I am a part of the fellowship of the unashamed. The die has been cast. I have stepped over the line. The decision has been made. I am a disciple of Jesus Christ. I won’t look back, let up, slow down, back away, or be still. My past is redeemed, my present makes sense, and my future is secure. I am finished and done with low living, sight walking, small planning, smooth knees, colorless dreams, chintzy giving and dwarfed goals. I no longer need pre-eminence, prosperity, position, promotions, plaudits, or popularity. I now live by presence, lean by faith, love by patience, lift by prayer, and labor by power. My pace is set, my gait is fast, my goal is Heaven, my road is narrow, my way is rough, my companions few, my Guide reliable, my mission clear. I cannot be bought, compromised, deterred, lured away, turned back, diluted or delayed. I will not flinch in the face of sacrifice, hesitate in the presence of adversity, negotiate at the table of the enemy, ponder at the pool of popularity, or meander in the maze of mediocrity. I am a disciple of Jesus Christ. I must go until heaven returns, give until i drop, preach until all know, and work until He comes. And when He comes to get His own, He will have no problem recognizing me. My colors will be clear. I am not ashamed of the gospel.” Romans 1:16 by Dr. Bob Moorehead

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In 2008, I visited the continent Africa for the first time.  Little did I know what God had in store.  Having a background in design, I grappled with it’s relativity to His Kingdom in a foreign land.  And then He lead me to Amani ya Juu in Nairboi, Kenya.  {video below}  I fell in love.  I saw for the first time how God could use my creative talents in a land He has given me a heart for.

In 2009, December, I left my design career to follow this dream.  As 2010 begins, I am ecstatic to see where God will lead in this new journey!  I board a plane for Nairobi January 5.  My future is His.  My hope is rising.

3 Responses to My role

  1. Lori White says:

    Can’t wait to read more details!

  2. Anne says:

    LOVE you! So exciting to see what He’s doing through you. Wha hoo!

  3. Kristin Yorman says:

    Love you and Miss you! I can hardly believe that you are already there!
    Kristin :0

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