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A taste of Freedom

Words are not enough to describe the feeling i had that first day i stepped on that piece of land. It was not so big, just about an eighth of an acre. It took my husband and I 3 years to finish paying for it, and o, how i longed to see it. I had only known its location and size from the papers we signed with the Law firm agreeing to buy the land and i trusted my husband fully that indeed the land existed, with every payment we made, knowing well that i had no proof because i hadn't seen it, but i believed!

Finally the day came and it was quite a rough journey to the place, thank God for the four-wheel vehicle we had, it would have otherwise been impossible to get there. What a joy and peace that filled my heart the moment I stepped on to it, I couldn’t help but praise God aloud, and thank Him for His goodness to us. I felt a sense of freedom, of belonging; finally I had a share, a place to call my own in my country! It was liberating! The land was much bigger than I had anticipated; I could now see my dream coming to pass! A dream of owning a home one day, the freedom from paying rent and constantly knowing that you’re indebted to somebody at the end of every month! I am still dreaming, looking forward to a home on my land!

Comments

olakitike's picture

I am happy for you and your

I am happy for you and your family. I liked your first paragraph. The first few lines really drew me into the story.

Terry's picture

Thank you

Thanks Olakitike for rejoicing with me. It is still kinda unbelievable that i actually own a piece of land. I really thank God for doing it for us.

Thanks.

Terry Shiundu

Mwierenga's picture

Your land.

Terry,
Thank you for writing this story about your land! It is so inspiring to read about the dream you had and the determination to make it become real. I have never owned land and I cannot imagine what it must feel like for you to walk on this piece of earth - knowing that it is yours. I hope your dreams continue to take you forward in life.
Marlies

Terry's picture

Dreams come true,

I believe what we hope for and long for eventually comes to pass because we not only dream it but we work towards it. It had been a long time in waiting and praying and believing that it will come to pass. When we began paying the first installment, i never imagined that it would take us three years to pay. A friend just encouraged us and persistently followed up until we decided to begin and now, it's ours. I pray that it will come to pass for you too. Nothing is impossible, only believe!

Thank you.

Terry Shiundu

Mwierenga's picture

Dreaming on!

Terry,
Your comment reminds me of how important encouragement is. You had a good friend who gave you support, which is so helpful. Sometimes our daily lives are a lot of work and when a friend whispers in your ear "remember your dreams" - it can be such a gift! As you have done for me. Nothing is impossible! Thank you!
Marlies

Rebecca Snavely's picture

has to be believed to be seen

I love your line "knowing well that i had no proof because i hadn't seen it, but i believed!" It reminds me of the U2 lyrics in the song "Walk On"

You're packing a suitcase for a place none of us has been
A place that has to be believed to be seen
You could have flown away
A singing bird in an open cage
Who will only fly, only fly for freedom

Thank you for sharing this wonderful experience of faith and adventure!

All my best,

Rebecca

Terry's picture

I'm glad i shared.

Thank you. I think sometimes we just need to believe and just listen to the inner voice. We may not know how things will turn out, but a good surprise awaits us almost always because you're walking into the unknown.

Thanks Rebecca.

Terry Shiundu

JaniceW's picture

Congratulations

How exciting it must have been to take that first step. To feel the result of much hard work and savings under your feet. To know that one day, the laughter of children may ring across this piece of land. To have something of your own upon which to build your dreams. I am so happy for you and hope that your land brings you much joy for many years to come.

Terry's picture

Thank you Janice,

It was indeed a great leap and i'm sure glad i took it. Thats my dream, to one day see my children walk in that piece of land, not just in an empty space but a home full of love and joy. A place they will love to call home.

Thank you so much for the encouraging words.

Terry Shiundu

Sharese's picture

Yours.

Thank you for sharing this wonderful story. It is amazing that land can be yours and make you feel such a since of pride and happiness to know that you have a piece of this world that is for you. A piece that you can call home. I am very happy for you and your husband.

May you fill your land and home with Peace Joy and Love my friend!

Sharese

Terry's picture

Thank you

Thank you Sharese and I'm sorry to respond this late, I've been out of touch for a while. Thank you for the best wishes and indeed i look forward to beholding my home standing on that piece of land! May the Lord bless you too.

Shalom!
Terry

Terry Shiundu

LauraB's picture

Your own land

What a blessing that you have your own piece of land. I can't wait to hear about the house that you will build. When that happens, you must write about that here on WorldPulse.

Terry's picture

Hey Laura,

It is truly a blessing and i give God the glory for making it possible for my husband and I to own a piece of land that we can call our own. Buying land in Kenya is not an easy thing and you have to go through a long process and years of waiting, especially if you don't have the cash for it. It took us 3 years to pay for it but i truly thank God that we did. We have no regrets at all! I look forward to the day i shall see my house standing on that land, i will surely give a testimony on WorldPulse.

Thank you for the encouragement!
Shalom!

Terry

Terry Shiundu

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