When I accepted my call for orphans and abandoned children, I knew very well the vision God placed in my heart was not going to be easy. It was not something I had ever done before neither did I have the ability to do it which is why it took me along time to surrender due to fears of Who, how, what etc. At the point of my surrender, I still not have anything figured out. The only difference is I had changed many things about my life and one of the changes was increasing determination to do God’s will even when it makes no sense to me. It was after I said yes to God and specifically started to pray for direction and surrendered for God to use me that He started to give me direction on who to speak to. He brought the people, resources and above all gave me peace and joy about it. He revealed to me when we had to make sacrifices and He remained faithful through it all. In the long run, it was not me doing it. It was me watching God do His work while I watched in bewilderment at how He works. Yes I had to work hard, sacrifice, learn to trust God again and again but there was no way I could have done it myself. Humanly, my part was so small compared to how I saw God work.
When you get determined undertake anything in life, it is amazing to see how much can be accomplished. Yes, it will take hard work, training, sacrifice etc. But it will all be worth it in the end. When runner compete, they compete to win with their who determination. They don’t get intimidated by other runners or the distance, or the people watching and what they think, or what will happen if they don’t win. Their focus is winning to the finish line. This is the kind of determination we are called to have in everything we undertake for God’s glory. “24 Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize. 25 Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. They do it to get a crown that will not last, but we do it to get a crown that will last forever.” (1 Corinthians 9:24-25).
Ann Makena is a wife and a mother. Outside of home, she is an independent instruct through community education and mainly instructs of intercultural communications and relations, parenting among other personal growth subjects for adults. She is a co-host of a local TV show within twin cities metro area. Ann is an ordained pastor and teaches on spiritual growth and application of scriptures. She is an inspirational speaker. She is the founder of sister charitable organization in U.S. and in Kenya providing home for orphaned and abandoned children. She also advocates for those oppressed among other ministries. She is the author of “Become Whole, Unbreakable and Unstoppable” and “Knowing and Yielding to The Voice That Counts” She is a co-author of “Miracles Still Happen, IF YOU DON’T BELIEVE-EXPLAIN ME” with her son Nate Munene (who was not expected to survive at birth has endured major medical complications and is thriving). Ann has found success in parenting in spite of dealing with severe medical conditions and believes trusting God and being intentional brings about success. Ann has M.A in Ministry leadership, M.A in Theological studies, B.A in Psychology-Counseling and B.A. in Divinity. She has C.P.E. (Clinical Pastoral Education). She previously served as a full-time hospice chaplain for 10 years. She provided spiritual and emotional support for patients facing end of life diagnosis, along with their families as well as officiating funerals for some. "I have a heart for oppressed women and single mothers of the world. I enjoying spending time with family, reading, writing, quiet time, and gospel/inspirational music among other interests. I stand on, Proverbs 3:5-6 “Trust in the LORD with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths,” NKJV."