Building in Africa

January 8, 2011

The Testimony of the Kilpatricks

In November of 2004, at the ages of 20 and 19 we were married; we then proceeded to have three
daughters in almost record time! Andi – March 2006, Lainey – July 2007, Lucy – July 2008. Our girls are
a wonderful blessing and such a delight. We love our family! It has been a joy watching them grow.
During this time we also both graduated from college and built our own home. About two years ago we
got serious about God’s plan and purpose for our lives and relationships. We became more intentional
and aware of those that God placed in our paths. God really used our relationship with Hari, a Nepalese
classmate, to open our hearts and eyes to international students in Ruston. After we graduated from
college, our hearts for international people did not fade. We met a Muslim couple from Saudi Arabia
at a local park through our children playing together. Our relationship grew and led to many other
relationships with Saudi couples. While we faced many cultural and lingual barriers, we felt that simply
having these wonderful people in our home laid the foundation for much to happen. We still pursue
these relationships and never say no to the opportunity to share our dinner table, home and love with
any internationals that God puts in our path.

Along with a global focus, God also gave us a heart for those here in our own community. In October
2009 we took Kaylee into our home as a foster child through the state of Louisiana. She was 10 weeks
and barely weighed 7lbs. Our home then consisted of our children Andi (3 years), Lainey (2 years),
Lucy (14 months) and Kaylee (2 months). We were beyond busy, most thought crazy. We nursed and
nurtured Kaylee through surgery, therapy and developmental delays. She was returned to her mother
one year later in October 2010. Kaylee is beautiful, full of life and healthy! God used this experience to
teach us a wonderful lesson in Christ-like, sacrificial love.

Most recently, through a situation at my work, Leigh Ann and I talked openly and prayed for God
to lead us. After surrendering our house and life here in Ruston to God, He began to speak and we
began to hear. After praying and praising God in this time of uncertainty Leigh Ann casually and almost
rhetorically asked God, “Where are you taking us?” while looking out the back window of our home and
clearly heard God say, “Africa.” After courageously telling this experience to me over dinner, the Holy
Spirit revealed this calling to me also. I welcomed the idea of foreign Missions but was not specifically
hearing Africa. Not knowing what step to take next, we wrote a physical contract with God giving
everything that makes up our lives both tangible and intangible to Him for His purposes.

The following day the Spirit led me to call and meet with Sammy Murimi, director of Share International
(SI), an evangelical mission agency established for the purpose of sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
We know the Murimi’s through our church. Over time, through several meetings and prayers with the
Sammy and his wife Mary, they informed us of the plans to construct the SEND (Share Eternity though
Nationals Daily) Conference Center in Lodwar, Kenya. This center will serve as the SI headquarters
in Africa, a Bible/Missions training and education center, and also a place of rest, refreshment and
encouragement to those indigenous missionaries in the field. Through discussion, prayer and the
unanimous approval of the SI board in November 2010, it has now been decided that I will be the on-
site Project Manager and overseer of the construction of the center, working under the SI leadership in
Lodwar and Triad Architects advisors in Nairobi.

We are excited and amazed that God would give us this opportunity. We wish we were already there,
but are enjoying this sweet time of preparation and growth. We will be participating in the STORM
(short term outreach and relief mission) trip to Turkanaland in July 2011. July 1st 2011 we will be full-
time with SI and will be moving to Lodwar, Kenya in the following weeks. We request your prayers and
support and can be reached at taykil@gmail.com.

From left to right: Andi, Leigh Ann, Lainey, Lucy, and Joshua Taylor Kilpatrick

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