There is something great to be said about the people we come across in our lives who have found what they are good at. They know where they fit, and are living out their God-given callings. However, there is something else entirely, something special, to say about those individuals who have not only found their callings, but are flourishing in them. Meet Geoff and Linda Simpson.
Geoff, Linda and their two children, Christian and Faith, have been living in Kenya for about three and a half years and have overseen the Potter’s Field program and interns for the majority of that time. They originally met Pastor Craig Linquist of Calvary Chapel Entebbe and long time friend and staff member with PFM, Pastor Jim Randall at a missions conference. From there they were connected with PFM headquarters and off to Kenya it was!
With a focus on the Gospel first and education second, the Simpson family has made an incredible impact on the local community of Ongata Rongai. Arriving three and a half years ago and quickly assuming the roles of ministry overseers as well as becoming the host family to our IGNITE Interns, their hearts for Jesus and for the academic lives of the local children became quickly evident. Through a series of random, divine meetings, Geoff and Linda have been able to establish relationships with public and private schools, as well as children homes and orphanages around the local Rift Valley region. However, one of the greatest steps of faith that they have had to take was when the Lord began to impress upon them the desire to start a Primary (Elementary) school of their own.
In the midst of seemingly endless ministry opportunities, Geoff and Linda began to diligently pray about adding even more to their already busy lives with the possible addition of a Potter’s Field school starting with Kindergarten through second grade. Through prayer and conversations with the leadership of Potter’s Field, Potter’s Field Christian Academy was officially opened for classes in January of 2015. Last year, about 60 children were given the opportunity to learn in a Gospel-centered and highly advanced setting. This year, we added a Third Grade class and have about 80 students total. These 80 children are given daily opportunities to grow spiritually and academically at an extremely high level, a chance that had previously been available only to those with enough money to afford a private school education. Lives are absolutely being changed forever.
Geoff, Linda, Christian and Faith are a family of mission. They do not waiver and they do not compromise in their pursuit of the Lord’s glory here in Kenya. Through constant prayers and diligence in their relationships, numerous children, their families, and the community have experienced the Gospel of Jesus Christ. They have not only heard the Gospel, but have seen it lived out in sacrificial living.
Throughout all of Potter’s Field Ministries Acts 20:24 is highly quoted and often used to encourage those serving and living Gospel-centered lives. It reads, “But none of these things move me, nor do I count my life dear to myself, so that I may finish my race with joy, and the ministry which I received from the Lord Jesus, to testify to the Gospel to the grace of God.”
It is a joy to watch this family actively live out the message of this verse.