We are (unbelievably!) 7 weeks into our 10 week visit back to the States; so far it’s been a deeply restorative “home assignment” packed full of rest, reconnection with partners and family, and speaking engagements.
We have 3 partner churches in the US – New Hope Worship Center (Albion MI); Sea Island Presbyterian Church (Beaufort SC), and Beaches Vineyard (Jacksonville FL). We’ve so far visited and spoken at the first two, and will be with the third over the next few weeks. At each, we have been greatly moved by warm, generous people sharing their time, houses, finances, food, toys and company.
We are joyfully and deeply reliant on individuals and families who support us with one-off or monthly financial partnership, love, encouragement, prayer, and care packages: we receive no financial compensation from Kijabe Hospital for our work there, and 100% of our living and ministry expenses come from our financial partners. Being with these precious people in the US (in person, over Skype and on the phone) this last month has been greatly encouraging to both of us. We have loved our time with you, and are looking forward to being with our Florida community next week!
We haven’t seen our family in the US since 2012 – so this has been our opportunity to connect with parents, siblings, cousins and grandparents. A precious time especially for the kids, who mainly know their family from the internet and Skype 🙂
Resting and recovering
Without the daily mental weight of too few resources, too much to do and complex issues, it has been a wonderful chance for us both to enjoy being with each other and our children. I don’t think we realized until we arrived in the States how exhausted we both were after a full-on last few years in Kijabe… this period of rest has been life-giving. We’re savoring drinking water straight from the tap, swimming in lakes without hippos, eating way too many good Michigan blueberries, driving safely on roads after dark, and having some space to ponder, sleep and rejuvenate before returning to Kijabe on August 29th.
We return to Kijabe in just over 3 weeks, and currently have a shortfall between our budget and our monthly financial support. This is due mostly to a very large fluctuation in the last year between the Kenya shilling and the currencies of our financial partners (AUD and USD). Will you pray with us that this shortfall would be provided for?
We need your help to raise raise our remaining needs ($550 per month in ongoing support and several thousand dollars for unexpected major maintenance on our truck and ministry expenses) to enable us to continue serving the vulnerable and marginalized with compassionate medical care and training at Kijabe Hospital, and to continue building projects and people.
If you are not a part of our financial partnership team already but have been enjoying our updates and stories over the past few years, would you consider making your interest more concrete and joining us as a monthly or one-off supporter? Click here to do so!
Thank you for coming with us on this journey – in Kenya, on our too-short visits home, and wherever we find ourselves on this ongoing adventure in faith!