Learning from Eugene Peterson: resisting the temptation of ‘great things’ (30/10/18)
Oct30

Learning from Eugene Peterson: resisting the temptation of ‘great things’ (30/10/18)

Eugene Peterson died a few days ago. He’s well known for writing¬†several books that are required reading for Christian ministry, and of course for writing the popular paraphrase of scripture, The Message. We pray a Psalm each morning with the kids before school, and when I start to read from my own favorite translation, the NRSV, they clamor for The Message instead ūüôā This morning we read Paint grace-graffiti on the fences; take...

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Settling in (16/10/18)
Oct16

Settling in (16/10/18)

It’s hard to believe that it’s coming up to two months since we returned to Kenya…it was wonderful and affirming to be welcomed back so enthusiastically by our community here, and as I (Andy) settle into new community (Vineyard School of Ministry-Africa and new theology colleagues) it’s been a joy to be received with such open arms. Culture shock is real, (re-)adjustment is real, getting used to driving again...

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Why thinking clearly about God matters in cross-cultural/global mission
Sep06

Why thinking clearly about God matters in cross-cultural/global mission

Note: Andy’s paper, “Righteousness, suffering and participation in Philippians 3:7-11: Integral mission and Paul‚Äôs gospel”, will be published at the 2018 Micah Global Triennial Consultation (Philippines, 10-14 Sept 2018), and can be viewed here. A short summary follows.¬† Snapshot Cross-cultural missionaries leave family, security, predictability, community – motivated by the gospel.¬† But what is their...

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Where Dreams Come True  (14/3/18)
Mar13

Where Dreams Come True (14/3/18)

“HOUSTON, TX., and BURBANK, Calif., March 7, 2018 ‚ÄstRobert A. Iger, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, The Walt Disney Company, today announced an innovative plan to dedicate more than $100 million in company resources, including cash, products and services, to reinvent the patient and family experience in children‚Äôs hospitals across the globe. This initiative will roll out over five years, expanding the Company‚Äôs rich legacy...

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Heading back to Kenya (5/3/18)
Mar05

Heading back to Kenya (5/3/18)

In¬†April 2011 we arrived in Kijabe for the first time – the last seven years has been a blur of joys, sorrows, faith-building and hope.¬† We’ve been a part of a team¬†of Kenyans and expats caring¬†for thousands of sick babies and kids, educating hundreds of doctors, mentoring project teams through¬†millions of shillings of infrastructure projects and¬†training many rural pastors.¬† None of this has been¬†done in isolation¬†–...

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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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Our projects and work
Jul06

Our projects and work

We are passionate about loving, serving and equipping people in the resource-poor world.  Mardi, a pediatric emergency physician, serves primarily in three areas of focus:  clinical work amongst the poor and marginalised, training East African health care workers, and health leadership.  Andy, a civil engineer, project manager and theological educator, is passionate about seeing projects, teams and pastors in low resource settings...

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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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