Happy New Year! (14/1/11)
We have just returned from a holiday in the freezing USA, where we had a fantastic time with friends and family in Atlanta, Jacksonville, Beaufort SC, New York City, Grand Rapids MI, and Traverse City MI. It was wonderful to reconnect with so many of you, who remain such an important part of our lives even despite the distance. It was a whirlwind trip but Riley and Liam did very well and managed to pick up some adorable American accents along the way.
We are on track to leave for Kenya around April this year, and have started preparations in earnest. Our work permit applications have been submitted, and Mardi’s medical license is processing – once those have been approved, we can start the visa application process. The number of passport photos we have made would wallpaper a small room! Our house remains on the market, with a blitzkrieg of open inspections planned for the month of January.
This month is also the official launch of our support raising endeavours. We are conscious there are many like-minded people in our community of friends who are passionate about helping the helpless, and working to better the lives of those around them who need help. We would be delighted if you would like to partner with us and be a part of something deeply satisfying in Kenya.
How can you get involved?
1. YOU CAN PARTNER WITH US IN PRAYER OR BY KEEPING IN TOUCH
We need a strong foundation of spiritual and emotional support as we step out into this new chapter. If praying isn’t your thing, simply thinking about us and dropping us a line every now and then to let us know you have us on your mind would be wonderful.
2. YOU CAN PARTNER WITH US FINANCIALLY
We are leaving our jobs, selling our house, and going to Kenya on a volunteer basis.
We need to raise money for both upfront expenses, and for monthly ongoing support. More detail on our precise budget breakdown is available upon request.
We need to raise these funds by the end of February. As such we are seeking folks who might like to partner with us in order to help fund this work. If you would like to join us by being financially involved, there are a few options as to how to do this, either as a one-time or monthly contribution.
WOULD YOU LIKE TO JOIN OUR SUPPORT TEAM?
We have been very blessed by those of you who have let us know that you plan to support us financially in addition to keeping us in your thoughts and prayers. If this is your intent, now is the time! Would you consider taking a few moments today or tomorrow to formalise this via one of following ways?
– The links or directions on our “Get involved” page here. For those of you unfamiliar with SIM, be assured that 100% of the funds you donate go directly to what we are doing.
– Download our bruchure here and fill out the back of the form, mailing it to the address indicated.
We hope and pray that the upcoming year unfolds with joy, peace, and creative opportunities.
Andy, Mardi, Riley and Liam (note Bella the dog has been deported to the parents-in-law already!)