Christmas greetings from the Steeres (22/12/17)
Dec12

Christmas greetings from the Steeres (22/12/17)

  Merry Christmas from the Steeres in the USA ūüôā¬† We’re visiting family and some ministry partners and enjoying cold evenings by warm fires and Michigan winter joy ūüôā Most of you receive our monthly updates, so we won’t say much about ‘what we’ve been up to’ in this Christmas letter. (If you’ve not already signed up and would like to, click¬†here). Instead, we offer a reflection and prayer for you...

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Home is where the heart is (8/11/17)
Nov08

Home is where the heart is (8/11/17)

Somehow we’ve been back in Australia for 4 months, and it has been a wonderful, restful, disruptive, precious time.¬† Here’s a quick update in pictures of the last 4 months…. Kids – Riley and Liam have navigated the transition to a new school, with different curricula, language (“Mummy, what does dobbing mean?”¬† “Liam, that means tattling…”), sports and a whole new culture.¬† This...

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Leaving Kijabe – for a year (28/5/17)
May28

Leaving Kijabe – for a year (28/5/17)

Executive summary: ¬†We’re returning to Australia for a planned year home this June! Life¬†in the nonprofit, military or¬†volunteer world¬†has¬†a rhythm: ¬†workers in refugee camps work on location for a few months, then return home for some respite. ¬†When Andy was in the Navy, a three year “sea duty” period of submarine deployments was¬†followed by two years “shore duty”. ¬†And in our world of Christian...

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Building people, not projects (12/5/17)
May12

Building people, not projects (12/5/17)

I noticed a¬†little while ago¬†that I’ve been struggling to answer¬†the get-to-know-you question ‘so, what do you do?’. I used to respond with a paragraph-long description: ¬†“well, I come alongside leaders working in resource-limited contexts, building capacity and capability through coaching, mentoring, and training. ¬†If they have a vision or idea, I help build the capability within them and their organization to...

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Six Years in Kenya (17/4/17)
Apr17

Six Years in Kenya (17/4/17)

This weekend, we have been celebrating and reflecting. Six years ago, on Easter weekend 2011, we arrived in Kenya after quitting our jobs and selling our house in Australia with a 4 & 2 year old in tow. Having read a few books, studied rudimentary Swahili and some of the cultural differences we could expect, we landed excited and filled with anticipation. ¬†Our first lesson: don’t let your 4 year old sit on top of the...

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