Sherry’s Radical Experiment

So I’ve been reading this book called Radical by David Platt. Its seriously been a life changer for me. I have several things in the works, changes to be made in my life, and you can follow along with my blog and see what those are as we go.

Part of the book challenges you to live out a Radical Experiment for a year in your life. I’ll detail this out later, but one of the parts of the experiment is to read the bible through in one year. I’ve done this once before and it was profound. And being challenged by Radical, now I wanna do it again. I want my mind saturated with God’s word. David Platt says, “God has chosen by his matchless grace to give us revelation of himself in his word. It is the only Book that he has promised to bless by his Spirit to transform you and me into the image of Jesus Christ. It is the only book that he has promised to use to bring our hearts, our minds, and our lives in alignment with him….when you and I open the bible, we are beholding the very words of God – words that have supernatural power to redeem, renew, refresh, and restore our lives to what he created them to be.”

A lot of us have been searching for God’s will for our lives, what he has for us to do, say, act, feel, etc. Well, how can we know what God wants if we don’t open up the book where he tells us, or where he wants to connect with us. It’s like asking your mom what she wants for her birthday and she sends you a written list and you have it in your possession but you don’t open it to read it and you still wander around perplexed and worried and confused as to what she wants. And you know what I think? I think that’s just silly. But I’ve done it over and over and over again.

I feel God calling me to make big changes in my lifestyle. To live smaller so I can give more and do more for him. There is a world of people out there who don’t know who he is, and Jesus is worth more to me than the American dream. I need direction in this, so I gotta surround myself in His word and see what God says about it.

So I challenge you to do the same. I really think it will change your life. Well, I don’t THINK, I KNOW it will. I’m using an iphone app called youversion that has several bible reading plans to get you through a year. I’m doing the chronological plan (just because those who know me, know I like things to be in order) so to read the bible in chronological time order will be neat. I think youversion also has a blackberry app too if you don’t have an iphone. Or just do it the old fashioned way and open your bible and read it from cover to cover. It doesn’t matter how you do it, just do it!

So you, my 12 blog readers, I challenge you to join me!

God Remembers

As I close this journal door on my time in Burundi {I know, I know – I’m behind}, I’ll leave you with just a few things…If you remember in my first post here I shared about the Batwa village leader that Mark met who was named “no name” because his parents knew there was no future for him and no reason to put any thought into his name. He told Mark that he felt God had forgotten the Batwa. Mark told him that God has not forgotten them and neither would we (COF).

Well, here is Iribuka…


She is the first child born in the village of Matara (read the Burundi Posts below this one first to catch this entire story).

Guess what her name means?

It means, “God Remembers.”

Wow!

There are many children in Matara, it’s a place bouncing with energy and smiles and love. One of my favorite moments of the trip is playing with the children. I have such a hard time wishing I could communicate with them. But God created a universal language for us – it’s called LOVE, SMILES & LAUGHTER!

This is my favorite photo of the entire trip!


I had so much fun on this trip – and this moment was just for me – and it makes me laugh out loud every single time I see this photo. It will be framed for sure! I can’t wait to watch Iribuka and these children grow up!

Thank you so much my friends for your prayer support and financial support to go to Africa. I really am so grateful for each of you! I hope you’ve enjoyed this journey with me. I know I can’t do it any justice – you need to see it for yourself!

I’ll leave you with my pics in a slideshow set to a song. I hope you enjoy them! Thank you again!

Sherrys Photo Slideshow – Burundi 2010 from Sherry Naron on Vimeo.

Batwa Students

If you haven’t already, to connect to this story – catch up by reading these posts below!

“We are Family” – Burundi Day One

“No One Has Died This Year” – Burundi Day Two
“Our Names Are Written Down” – Burundi Day Three
“The Ones We Love Have Come” – Burundi Video

As referenced in these posts, I mentioned how COF sponsors over 30 bright Batwa students, to come alongside them as they receive an education. Kelley is really a huge credit to their success as she follows and monitors their work very closely. The children are excelling for the most part and we are so proud of them. The students are so sweet and very thankful for this opportunity. We were able to spend some time with them while in Burundi. We visited them at the student house and they danced and sang for us and big hugs were handed out all around.

On our last visit we played volleyball with them on the beach and had a great afternoon. This was a special treat for them and we loved spending this time with them.

Racing to the water!

There are sooo many more pics – you can see all the pics from our trip by clicking HERE and watching a special video slideshow I made with them.

After we left the beach the students came with us to our guest house where we were staying and had a pizza party with us! There were lots of hugs again and singing. They have such beautiful voices. They thanked us and prayed for us and we prayed for them. I’ll leave you with a little video of them singing – so precious!