Building What Matters: Jambo From Kenya

Contributed by: Julie Steck

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Jambo from Kenya!

Karibu Ameristall Blog site.

Asante Sana for listening to me practice what little Swahili I picked up while in Mombasa for the month of May.

So what did I say?

Hello from Kenya!

Welcome to the Ameristall Blog site. Thank you for listening...

I don’t know if you noticed, but if you called the office to talk to my husband, Adam Steck, during the month of May, you would have been told that he was out of the office, literally out of the country.

Nope, he wasn’t saddling up his horses for a relaxing ride on the beach. Well, maybe on the beach, but not as you may think. He and I saddled up our three children, packed our bags, and boarded a plane headed for Mombasa Kenya. Yep, 30 hours of travel for an 11, 9, and 5 year old. Let’s just say we’re still recovering!

But I’m glad you stopped by the blog site, because I’d love to tell you about it. I’d love to tell you how Big God showed up on this Mission trip across the globe. I’d love to tell you how incredible and fun and amazing it was.

I’d love to tell you…

But I can’t. You see, I thought that’s what this trip would be. I thought, after how MIRACULOUSLY God provided the funds and the ability to go, that it was just going to be amazing. And it was, don’t get me wrong, it was just amazing in a way I didn’t expect.

That’s how God likes to reveal Himself to me…in the ways I don’t expect. You are welcome to read my personal blog (http://juliesteck.com/category/missions/) for more personal details – I’d love it if you stop by.

You may wonder, What does all this Kenya stuff have to do with horse barns? Well, yes, Adam did go over there to use his incredible gift of carpentry. The Lord always uses him there – he finds ways to build well, even when it seems impossible. He teaches; he leads.

But besides that, I love sharing who the owner, my husband, really is behind the scenes. Behind the desk, behind the metal, behind the hat, is a man who really loves Jesus, and who really loves his family.

It takes a lot of faith for a man to leave his business in the hands of his Team – perfectly capable as they are – and leave the country for a month. It takes a lot of faith for a man to load up his most precious belongings, and I don’t mean his tools, and venture across the continent to listen to the voice of the Lord and ask how he might be used outside his comfort zone.

Honestly, I want to let you in on a little secret. Adam and I wondered if God might be calling us to live in Kenya full time. Yes, to walk away from our lives here. So, when I said I wanted to tell you how amazing God showed up, and how AWESOME He is, a part of me thought we’d have a story about how God confirmed that “calling” to us. A story about how we would begin handing off the reins of this company to someone else.

Let me say, God is still AWESOME and amazing regardless of what happens.

For when we were in the midst of expelling a stomach virus from our system and rescheduling every plan we had made, the Lord spoke to Adam. He spoke softly yet clearly and said, “I’m not finished with you where I have you.”

Do you know how AWESOME it is to hear the voice of the Lord? Sometimes it sounds like a newborn baby crying. Sometimes it sounds like the waves crashing on the shore. Sometimes it sounds like the wind blowing and sometimes it feels like the wind He’s blowing is throwing sand in your eyes!

This time, the voice of the Lord sounded like gratitude. Adam’s heart swelled with gratitude for this company and for you, his customers. He was so thankful and almost overwhelmed with gratitude for the journey the last 12 years. God has shown up on this journey and provided for us countless times so that we are still open today.

This journey has led to sharing stories with people we’ve intersected paths with and has opened up opportunities otherwise impossible. Through this journey, He’s created dreams we’ve helped build. We’re so grateful, for where we’ve been, for where we are, and for what lies ahead.

Here’s what I learned: Sometimes God asks us to follow Him to places we can’t see. He asks us to do things we don’t understand. Then He gives us an answer we really don’t understand. I haven’t unraveled all that yet, maybe I never will. But one thing I know is you don’t have to travel to Kenya to be a “missionary”. Maybe following Him leads you there one day, but the bulk of our “ministry” is in the footprints we walk in everyday. It’s in the people we meet, the conversations we have, and the things we pursue. Our daily walk and lives can even speak louder than traveling overseas.

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The Lord hasn’t called the Steck family to live in Kenya. He’s called the Steck family to live in Mineola, Texas and lead a fabulous horse barn/metal building company called Southwest Metal Systems and Ameristall Horse Barns. Adam and I are privileged to be a part of it. We look forward to serving you for years to come.

Thank you for reading. Thank you for letting us partner with you. I hope you see a glimpse behind the curtain…or stall…into what drives this company. Please let us know how we can serve you.

One last thing. I want to leave you with a verse that means so much to me.

 

 2 Corinthians 5:17, 20-21:

"Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come....Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, God making His appeal through us. We implore you on behalf of Christ, BE RECONCILED TO GOD. For our sake He made Him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in Him we might become the righteousness of God." [emphasis mine]