Today was one those moments we missionaries have as we transition back. I went to the grocery store to pick up a list of items. I got most of the items off of the list and then headed to the deli to get some Turkey and Ham deli meat. I went up to the counter and asked for 1/3 of a pound of Turkey. The deli lady looks at me and says how do you want it. I just looked at her and stared. I did not know what to do for a minute. The lady looked at me and said would you like it cut thin. I said yes I would. I than had another moment at the check out line. I pick up a dozen roses to given Angela and Julie thanking them for their Labor of service for our families. The lady rang them up and then the bagger asked me, do you want a bag for the flowers. I just stood there and then said yes.
What a day. 🙂
Well, we have been back in the US almost 3 weeks. Our bodies have pretty much gotten used to this time change, but not all of our emotions have gotten used to being in the US. We have found several times where we don’t understand what is happening. For instance, we have had the privilege of watching cable TV where we have stayed. Of course there are many channels to watch, but several that I have been interested in deal with home renovations and car renovations. On one car renovation show people spent $45,000 to have their family car updated. I thoroughly enjoyed the show, but also thought what in the world are they doing. The car did need some work, but not $45,000. That money could have been used to help any numerous organizations in foreign countries or even here. There is such a great need. This is just one observation of the transition we are going thru. My prayer is that I never lose that thought process. It is hard to see a lot of money being wasted on things that are not everlasting.
Several things we have enjoyed while being in the US. Roads, ice cream, stores that are close by, fuel stations that cost less, fast internet, dining places, and family.
We have spent the last week down in Ohio with Angela’s sister. It has been a great time for all of our kids to play and spend time together. We have been able to help get several odd jobs done around the house for her sister and husband. It has been a relaxing and refreshing time for us with a little work.
This time of year it is to be cloudy and rainy, but so far it has not really been so. We have had several nights of rain, but not what is normal. Although what is normal? I have been thinking about this for a while. Normal is very relative. Normal for us these past 9 years has been serving God here in Kijabe, Kenya. First as guesthouse managers and then at RVA in various capacities. This will coming to an end in July and is hard to think about. I struggle with leaving here. I feel that this is my home and where my abilities fit in the best, but the Lord has a plan for us. We think we know what His plan is for us when we get back to the US, but will see once we get there.
These past weeks and months have gone by in blur. There has been so much to do on the maintenance side of things and IT side of things also. Before we leave in July I want to make sure that there are some major IT things done to benefit RVA and all of Kijabe. We are replacing/moving all of our phones lines from overhead to underground and making sure that everything is properly connected/terminated. If you have an improper connection it can really degrade the system and then the phone connection you have. We have done 2 major sections in pulling cable, but now have to connect the houses to the major trunk line.
I am also almost done with a renovation project in one of the high school dorms called Westervelt. We have repainted everything and put in new fixtures for sinks, showers and toilets. It has been a major undertaking especially with the students living there at the same time. I will get some pictures this week to post.
There is a Kenyan saying that I love. God is good all the and all the time God is good and that is His nature. It is so true, but at times I have a hard time believing it.
Grace to you!
Today for church we went to the local AIC church. The first Sunday of the month we walk on over and worship with them. Every service they introduce the visitors and today we had visitors from the US, Ghana, Madasgar, Comorros and another country that I can not remember. I was reminded of how Heaven will have someone from every tribe and nation worshipping the Lord. I can only imagine what it will be like. What a glorious time!
One thing that RVA is really emphasizing this year is the unreached people groups of the world. Those people who have never heard the Gospel or who have a small minority of Christians. So far this year we have had 3 groups of people, the Algawa, the Antakarana and most recently the Mbororo people. It has been great getting to know these groups of people and praying for them. Our kids have really understood what we are doing and are praying for them also. It has been neat to hear some of there prayers for these unreached people. Our prayer is that the Holy Spirit will work in miraculous ways in these peoples hears and also in our hearts. Maybe one of our kids will one day take the Gospel to one of these people groups.
It is hard to believe that in less a week we will have 4 less boys. This term has just flown by and we have been so busy. I am sorry I have not written more here lately. Please forgive me. This term has been busy with many things going on with the school.
This break will be a little different but we still have alot of projects to get done while the students are away. There is a relocation of major phone equipment, replacing library network lines and possibly some fiber optic work that we will work on. There is no shortage of things we need to do.
I do pray that this break we get spend some time together as a family. We will be taking our next furlough/home assignment in 16 months so we want to make these family times special and memorable. Please pray that we will have great times as a family during this vacation and that we do not get bogged down in the work aspect of things. It is easy for me to do and lose sight of what I really should be doing. Well just as I was writing this Ethan came up to me and wanted to play soccer and rugby so we went out for a little bit and played together. Those are the times for fun that I will cherish. Sometimes it is so hard to remember that the reason I am here is to love on my kids and the other kids around me. That is the purpose God has given each parent. We need to love them, cherish them and adore them and along the way we will be able to make some special memories. Thank you Lord for each of my kids and the kids you have put under my care. Help me to learn from them as much I teach them.
Continue to pray for Angela as she has not been feeling well this last week. She is having more issues with her stomach and intestines. Pray for healing and mercy upon her.
It is hard to believe that this month is already 2/3 gone. Where has the time gone? Let me tell you where it has gone. First Angela’s sister and husband, Julie and Dominic, came for a 2 week visit. They left last Sunday morning. It was such a great time with them and we had so much fun! We went alot of places and saw alot of different animals and things. We went to Maasi Mara with them for 3 days and then did a bunch of day trips into Nairobi to see the giraffe park, elephant orphanage and also Maasi Market. It was quite tiring, but we all made so many memories!
This is just one of the many pictures that we took on our trip to the Mara. Julie and Dominic thank you so much for taking the time to come and visit us! We will cherish these memories for a life time!
During this time I was also working on a server rewiring project in one of our buildings. We are working on having a centralized place for all of our servers and head end equipment. We have reconfigured one of our rooms and had to do a lot of rewiring to bring it up to network standards, but it is almost done. I hope to finish it Monday and then have the rest of break off. Well maybe not as we still have to reimage about 200 student laptops, help put in 3 or 4 projectors in classrooms and put in some audio equipment in our theater called Downing. Some of those items will have to wait till school starts, but we will work on most of those items during the rest of break along with spending time with our kids.
In my devotions I have been reading thru the book of Leviticus. It is a hard book to read as it deals with the laws that God set forth right after the people left Egypt. God gave Moses the 10 commandments and then proceeded to share with Moses and Aaron what he expected from the people and how they were to live. What has amazed me as I have been reading was the different laws for different events. If one had a boil or something similar you had to go the priest and they would look at it to make sure it was not lepropsy. If they were not sure they would quarantine you for a week and then check again. They did this for many things like mold in clothes and in houses also. When things were found they had specific guidelines for how to deal with it and make it clean again. It has reminded me how glad I am to live in a grace period. The law continually shows us how dirty and unclean we are, but with grace I am no longer unclean. Christ took care of that for me on the cross. I am now washed in His blood and able to live a life of grace. It reminds me of Ephesians 2:8-9 where we are reminded that is it by the grace of God and not of works. I can do nothing to make God happy or please Him, but thanks to His Son I have grace as long as I accept it. As you look at the picture above of the 2 elephants we see the momma elephant leading the baby elephant. As long as the baby elephant stays with its mother it will be fine and no harm will come to it, but if it strays of it will be in the danger of the wild. The same is true of our Christian walk. If we stay with Jesus and allow the Holy Spirit to continually work in our lives we will survive the attacks of the evil one. If we stray away from Jesus and the Holy Spirit look out because the lions will come and attack. Jesus is the only one who can protect us and shield us.
Thank you Lord for your Son, Jesus Christ, and for the grace that He showered on me at the cross. What a blessed gift He gave me and you also.
It is hard to believe that Thanksgiving was almost a week ago minus a couple of days. 🙂 We had a great time sharing Thanksgiving with friends. We ate a huge turkey and shared a lot of laughs for quite some time. It was a great time remembering all that God has done for us and given to us.
For my devotions I have been reading thru Leviticus. I have just finished reading the point where Moses gave instruction on how for Aaron and the temple to consecrated. What has amazed me is the amount of rules that Aaron and his sons had to follow. At one point Aaron’s two sons did something different from what the Lord said and the Lord struck them dead immediately. I am so grateful that we now are under grace and I do not have live by the laws that governed the Jews. I no longer have to work to be good enough, but thru faith in Him I am able to live in grace.
Adding stuff to the website. Well see how things look.