On Thursday, our Discipling Marketplace Leaders brother, Steve Kennedy from the UK, fell and hit his head. There was significant brain damage and yesterday Steve passed from this life into the next.
Our hearts are broken by this. Steve was an intercessor and was coordinating our prayer effort for the DML movement across Africa. He just recently was with me teaching in Tanzania. Last November he was with us in Ghana where he met the entire DML team and had been leading this team in monthly prayer calls. He joined us for our weekly prayer calls in the US and he has been such a blessing to our team. We were planning a prayer retreat for the team for early next year.
He breathed a breath of fresh air into us with his perspective of God and his faith.
And now he is gone. Just like that. He leaves a wife and two daughters, as well as the DML team (and many others!) and we are mourning.
Yesterday, as the DML team in Ghana was holding a Work as Worship retreat, we spent time in Psalm 90. Verse twelve tells us this: Teach us to realize the brevity of life, so that we may grow in wisdom. I can hear Steve’s voice saying, “Amen, amen” to this. He would want us to use his death for the good of the Lord in some way. When we see how Steve lived, and we see the brevity of life, we need to be shaken from any complacency and seek to work and live with an eternal purpose. We grow in wisdom when we are able to focus and recognize what is important in this world and what is not.
On my phone, I have a note from my recent trip with Steve where we shared more with each other about our stories and testimonies. Steve told me that I need to write a book about my life and then gave me the title: And God Meant It for Good. He said that was a theme in my story. Maybe someday that will come to pass.
I am thankful for this friendship with Steve that was too short. But I look forward to seeing how God may use this for good. Please pray for Steve’s family and our team at this time.
|Steve teaching in Tanzania|
|He loved taking selfies! (with James Kamau)|