So, you may have noticed that it’s been a while since we’ve sent out an update.
While I wish we could say it’s because we’ve been lazy and relaxed, the truth is that our life these last 5 weeks has been a little bit insane (oh, and also the hard drive on our laptop crashed)… but for the most part it has been the good kind of crazy! I’ll do my best to catch you all up to speed on our lives, while keeping it as short as possible.
To avoid the classic “wall-o-text”, we’ll try to add some pictures and videos to spice it up. Deal?
Okay, first of all: We went ahead and added all 225 of you who were on our email newsletter list. If you are getting this for the first time and don’t want to, no worries! Just let us know to remove you and we’ll take care of it ASAP.
Also, you may notice that there are some differences to this website! While on break I engaged in warfare with technology and transferred our website to a different host (among a slew of other changes/additions). What this means is that we will be able to communicate better with you all! If you are having problems with the new website, please be patient as I work through any problems that are coming up.
We also went ahead and purchased a phone with a much better camera! Our goal is to be able to keep our updates populated with as many videos and pictures as we can. Click on the pictures below to see the slideshow with captions.
So, the reason that we came to Kenya in the first place was to attend a training with our organization. We spent about 8 hours a day for 3 weeks listening to speakers from all over Africa! While we didn’t know what to expect (and even dreaded it to some extent), we were pleasantly surprised and very challenged by what was presented.
God is moving in Africa, and it is exciting to see and hear about it! I think that living on an island these last 8-9 months sometimes causes me to lose sight of what God is doing across the world. We have come away from the training with quite a lot to think about, and will be processing through it for some time.
One of the really neat things we got to do was learn a bit about transformational development (a fancy word which essentially is about helping people in meaningful ways).
Part of the training was to view projects in action in the local area, so we went to meet a small group of widows (who have very few ways to support themselves here). These beautiful souls, who have been neglected by society, banded together and created their own microfinance project, which they used to help establish a primary school for their children (who can’t afford to attend school locally, because there is no father to provide income), and then they obtained land and began to farm it so that they can eat healthily, and then they started a day program for other local children to come eat and be educated, and then… well you get the idea… and they praised God every step of the way. I was -blown away- and moved almost to tears at several points at the amazing joy and perseverance which these old ladies exuded. Talk about overcoming the odds!
Click to play video. (children from the day program singing for us)
The training was both wonderful and exhausting, but thankfully, we had the opportunity to take a short break afterwards. The break has given me a chance to catch up on my book list and for us to do some major work on our website and newsletter system. Also, it has been very nice to have a chance to take Seraphina to see monkeys, and elephants, and just do some relaxing in general. But I am not great at resting, and am positively itching to get back home… to the islands!
- Please keep Melissa in your prayers as she is pregnant with our second, who is due to arrive on January 19th!
- I will start teaching English classes very quickly after returning. The added time spent teaching means less time spent learning the local language, building relationships, and supporting Melissa. Please pray for me!
- Please pray that the relationships that we left 5 weeks ago will resume quickly.