Midwest Tour


This week part of our Choose to Invest staff has been traveling throughout the Midwest to visit churches, Journey Alumni, and supporters.

We left Atlanta on Sunday night and drove to just south of Nashville. We then departed Monday morning and drove 6 hours to Rochester, IL. We visited with Rochester Christian Church, who is a church partner. We got to cast vision and give project updates to members of their missions board and Journey Alumni.

On Tuesday morning we drove 5 hours to Cedar Falls, Iowa. In Iowa we have been spending time with Journey 2010 intern and board member, Diana Mesher. Diana hosted an event for us and we got to meet some Journey 2013 interns and cast vision to individuals who were interested in Choose to Invest. We got to spend time with an incredible family as well. This family is near and dear to my heart, and huge supporters of Kimbilio. They hosted us at their house for the night and we got to see their farm!

Now we are headed to Chicago for the Empowered to Connect Conference. This is a two-day conference designed to help adoptive and foster parents, ministry leaders and professionals better understand how to connect with “children from hard places” in order to help them heal and become all that God desires for them to be. This conference will play a large role in training our Kimbilio staff and caring for the children of Kimbilio.

After the conference we are headed to Warsaw, IN to spend time with other staff members and alumni as well as have a few meetings with a church and other organizations.

Total we will travel about 2,000 miles and over 30 hours,

Be on the lookout this week because I will be launching a new website with a new blog!



Meet Moses

Meet Moses.

Moses 3

Moses’ mother came into the hospital bleeding but denying she was pregnant. She had taken pills with chemicals in them in an attempt to abort her pregnancy. The pills did not kill Moses, but they caused her to start bleeding and go into labor early. You can see the chemical burn marks on the right side of his body. Moses’ mother gave false information to the hospital about who she was and abandoned him after he was born. He remains in the hospital with no one to care for him, because all the children’s homes in the area are full.

He needs a refuge. The Kimbilio Baby Home will be providing a refuge for children like Moses! Many children, specifically babies like Moses, are abandoned in hospitals by their mothers, left on the side of the street, in pit latrines (restrooms), or in garbage dumps. The Kimbilio Baby Home will allow us to start caring for these children who in the eyes of many have no hope and love. We will also be able to learn about our model, care, staffing, medical needs, budgets, volunteers, and much more.

I am headed to Kenya in June to be the visionary leader, lead our Kenyan and American staff at the Kimbilio Baby Home, build relationships with other children’s homes, work with the government, etc.

Will you help me get to Kenya to provide a refuge for children like Moses? To donate and join my monthly support team CLICK HERE and choose “Edward Phillips” in the drop down box for the fund to give to.

I Need Your Help

Kimbilio Project Logo

The past eight months have been nothing short of amazing. I have been living in Atlanta and working full-time for Choose to Invest, as Director of Kimbilio Project. Kimbilio is swahili, Kenya’s native language, for refuge. Therefore, Kimbilio Project is a refuge for orphaned and abandoned children in Kenya, Africa. I have seen God move this project forward in ways that I could not have imagined. The exciting thing about this, is that it is only the beginning and God is going to continue to do immeasurably more than we could ever ask or imagine (Ephesians 3:20).

We are getting close to our goal to purchase the land in Kenya where we will build the permanent facility for Kimbilio! We are currently going through some legal processes to become registered in Kenya and hope to purchase the land soon after we reach our goal. We are also starting the Kimbilio Baby Home. We will rent a home in Nairobi that will become the Kimbilio Baby Home, where we can implement our child development model and begin bringing hope and love to children from the start. The home will be led by our newest staff, Will & Kelly Rodes. We will also hire the following positions in-country; Direct Care Givers (to be moms), Social Worker, Security Guards, Nurse, Cook, and Maintenance. I have also been able to hire four interns that will move to Kenya from nine months to one year to help start the Kimbilio Baby Home.

Most of you probably saw the big news, that I will be spending six to eight months of every year in Kenya to lead the Kimbilio Baby Home, build relationships with other children’s homes, work with the government, and lead our Kenyan and American staff.

I need your help! In order for this project to continue to move forward I need to fundraise my salary as a missionary. This will be accomplished through people like you deciding to join this movement. I have never been this excited and passionate about Kimbilio Project. God is moving and I hope that you can recognize this and join the movement. I am blown away that I get the opportunity to wake up every day and fight for the most vulnerable and least of these. I am asking you to be involved as a monthly supporter so I can continue to be Jesus’ hands and feet, leading a movement to change orphan care around the world!

To donate and join my monthly support team CLICK HERE and choose “Edward Phillips” in the drop down box for the fund to give to.

If you have any question feel free to call, text, or email me!

Thank you so much,

Edward Phillips

Jehovah Jireh

Choose to Invest is doing their first short-term mission trip this coming summer and I am helping plan this trip. We just recently sent invitations out for the trip. Yesterday I felt God tell me that I needed to email all the invitees and help them understand more about fundraising. Today I sent this email to those individuals and now want to share it with everyone. I hope this is an encouragement for your walk with Jesus and helps you see more of who He is…

Most of my job is fundraising for Kimbilio Project. Every day I wake up to very large numbers that I need to fundraise. I also get the opportunity to wake up every morning to a very large God that will meet those needs. The thing I love so much about this is I know there is nothing that I could do to make these things happen. It is clearly and obviously Jehovah Jireh, the Lord who provides.
The other exciting thing about fundraising is that there are many people who know right now they are not called to GO, but are called to give and help others GO. One preconceived notion that hinders us is we think it is bad to ask for money and people do not want to give. This may be the case for some individuals, but definitely not all. People want to be a part of your story and they will want to be a part of your trip. They are able to be a part of your trip with financial support. You are asking people to be a part of what God is doing in your life and the advancement of His kingdom. You should not feel guilty for that. This goes for people of all ages, young to old.
There are even stories in the Bible of people we would consider heroes of the faith that asked people to give to what God was doing. These were people like Moses, David, Nehemiah, and Paul.
God is a God of details! I see this everyday as I work. I always stand in awe of His sovereignty. He orchestrates the smallest of details that lead you to see His plan and sovereignty. I could tell many, many stories of how He has orchestrated details for Kimbilio. He will do the same for you if it is His will for you to be a part of this trip.
Trusting in Him,
P.S. It has been a while since I posted a blog. I am attempting to make a come back!


The Power of Words

This is one of my favorite videos about how powerful words are. How we communicate things can completely change what others think! I believe communication is a very important aspect of our lives and we should always be striving to communicate more effectively. This video will show how rewording a sentence can completely change someone’s reaction and response.

Summer 2010!

Many of you know that I went to Kenya with The 410 Bridge over Christmas break, December 26th through January 3rd. This trip was life changing and I learned so much. I had an AWESOME team and I hope the memories from this trip will always be vivid in mind.

When I applied to go this trip I knew God had placed Kenya and Africa on my heart for a reason. When I was there I really learned about this passion and how much I love it there. When I looked into The 410 Bridge I saw there was something called a Journey Internship that took place every summer. This trip really sparked my interest and I decided to look into it. It looked like something I could see myself doing… I did not know if God really wanted me to do it or not though. I began to seek Him about it and see if He wanted me to apply. I felt led to apply so I proceeded. Before I left for my trip to Kenya I finished the application process. I had to fill out an application, answer 3 essay type questions, and submit a video saying why I should be chosen for the internship and why I felt God was calling me to do this for the summer. Everything with my application went great. I then did a phone interview that also went very well. Then I had to wait to see if I would get the internship. After a few weeks I found out that I did get the internship.

(Just some info on the internship: This internship is an eight-week program and it consists of only college students. We will train for two weeks outside of Atlanta, spend a month in Kenya camping out and serving in 410 Bridge communities, and then debrief for two more weeks back in Atlanta. This trip is guaranteed to change my life and many people involved. There will be a lot of spiritual growth and seeing what I really have to live for.)

I began to question whether or not this is what I really needed to do for my summer. I did not know if going to Kenya for a month was something I could physically, financially, spiritually, and mentally do. I began to beg God to show me what I should do.

I have been reading through Joshua in my quiet time and during this one morning God really pointed some things out to me and helped me make my decision. I realized I was letting fear and uncertainty hold me back from doing this internship. While reading through Joshua, God really pointed out to me how Joshua never feared. He listened to what the Lord told him and walked in obedience. He led the Israelites through many battles and never worried about what might happen. He had faith and trusted in the Lord. This is when I realized that the only thing really holding my back from doing many things that God wanted me to do was fear and uncertainty. I felt God tell me to trust in Him, know He is there and do this internship and do not let fear get in my way, for He is my stronghold. (One of my favorite verses: “The Lord is my light and my salvation, whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life, of whom shall I be afraid.” Psalm 27:1)

This trip is something WAY out of my comfort zone… Camping out is not exactly what I love but I am doing it for the Lord and the people of Kenya, and that is all that matters. I know that God will be there for me and give me strength as I go on this Journey! I know that Jesus was not comfortable as He hanged on the cross for us and I am not called to be comfortable for my time on Earth. I must reach the lost and needy and that is not accomplished through being comfortable.

Learning this is something that will be with me forever. I see many opportunities differently now.  God places passion for things in our hearts for reasons and we must do something about it. Fear is something that we should not let come in our way. We must know God is there and walk in obedience.

I am just so happy God revealed this to me when we did. I just hope everyone knows that fear is something that cannot be a factor for us! I cannot wait for this summer and I am so excited about what is to come.

I just want to ask… Is there something you have a passion for and you will not pursue because you are afraid? Is there something you know God wants you to do but are uncertain what might happen, so you will not do it?

I will get more information about my internship soon and will keep everyone posted. I really some prayer as I prepare for this spiritually, financially, mentally, and physically, so please keep me in your prayers.

Here are some pictures of my trip to Kenya over Christmas break: (just a few of my favorites)

Check this video out too!!!

Mission Trip to Kenya

I hope that you are having a great summer! I wanted to let you know about an exciting opportunity the Lord has given me to go on a mission trip to Kenya!

I really felt God calling me to get involved in foreign missions and Kenya was the place He really wanted me to go. I heard about an organization known as the 410 Bridge and decided to research their trips. I prayed about applying to go and God continued to weigh it on my heart. At that point, I applied to go on this trip and had to wait and see if I got accepted. I found out recently I had been accepted. Words cannot express how excited I am, and I cannot wait to get to Kenya, where God can use me and shape me into a new person from the experience!

I will be going on this trip with an organization known as the 410 Bridge. Lanny Donoho, founder of Big Stuf student camps, started this organization. The 410 Bridge hopes to create a “mission environment” within a network of hundreds, if not thousands, of churches that is relevant, meaningful, and successful in bringing about change in individual lives as well as entire nations. This organization hopes to ignite people to become involved by providing a “bridge” not only to another nation but also to our Heavenly Father; one that God will use to lead a transformation of hearts in ways that we have not even imagined. The trips that the 410 Bridge takes are grounded in using the gifts God has given us to further His kingdom, hence the name 410 Bridge- “Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God’s grace in its various forms.” 1 Peter 4: 10

My mission trip team will be made up of approximately twenty people. We will work on projects alongside the individuals of the community to help with the needs of the area we will travel to. Kenyan leadership in the community has pointed out these needs. These projects can include; helping the Kenyans get clean water, better education, churches, student ministry, children’s ministry, drainage systems, medical clinics, and orphanage work. We will do all of this for the glory of our Almighty Father and to administer God’s grace in its various forms.

I will be flying out the day after Christmas, December 26, 2009, and I will return January 3, 2010.

I hope that everyone can support my prayerfully and/or financially. The total cost for my trip is $3,500, and I would greatly appreciate ANY contributions you feel led to give. There are also other expenses that I will also have to pay like shots and medication…

Please prayerfully consider if the Lord would have you partner with me in this mission. I would love to know if you decide to support me in ANY way. Feel free to email me at jep@clemson.edu or comment on this blog to let me know or ask any questions…

You may donate online if you go to the following web address: http://www.410bridge.com/shorttermdonate.php

At this site, it will ask you to enter your name, how much you are donating, and the trip participant’s name- Edward Phillips, then you must hit submit. The next page will have a blank where you state the amount you are donating again. Then, you will go through a “check out” like if you were buying something online. Finally, you submit your donation. (This is tax deductible!)

You may also make a check payable to The 410 Bridge and mail it to them:
35 Old Canton Street
Alpharetta, GA 30009
(Please include a piece of paper with your name and address, and that you are donation for Edward Phillips’ Holiday Service Trip!)

You may also make checks payable to me- Edward Phillips and mail them to
102 B University Village Drive
Central, SC 29630

I will be keeping everyone up to date on this trip. I should find out the exact community I will be working in the next few weeks and what projects I will be working on…

Thank you so much!

The boxed area is where Kenya is....

The boxed area is where Kenya is....