We are counting down the days until we head out for Louisiana. Putting together all the final details of getting the dogs, chickens and tortoises cared for, setting up the house for folks to be able to use it for their Nairobi needs when visiting from the bush, final exams and projects due for the kids. Basically all the business of preparing to travel half way around the world.
But first! We have lots of great things happening. We started receiving 21 staff from around the globe last week for a two week New Staff Training. This is something we have been anticipating all year as a critical component of our Field Teams being "spiritually healthy, vision driven, fully-funded" Great Commission workers! During this time our new staff will be trained on WHO we are in Christ and WHAT we do for God and HOW we do it to be effective in growing His Kingdom.
By the way, if you are still kind of confused about what it is we do, don't worry I'm happy to keep talking it up. The most important thing for you to know is the WHY and that is super simple. We want to make the most impact on growing the Kingdom that our, and His, talents will allow. And we believe that is by being where the CHURCH is big but where MISSION is small and that is through Frontier Mobilization.
What did the Weave BIG Story training mean to you?
"Teach my children at home about God's purpose for all peoples, teach both adults and children at my church and pray for unreached people groups." Frances Okpokowuruk, Uyo, Nigeria
Our IT Department is getting all brainy on us. They have been monitoring all the cities around the world where our free online materials are being downloaded. These open source Bible studies can be used in secret, where necessary, by whomever wishes to explore more in depth about God and his calling on our lives. "For the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the Lord as the waters cover the sea" - Habakkuk 2:14
Just a couple more shots
The rain has been out of hand here. Usually we are praying for the rainy season to kick off but we are tapping out. Roads get impassible and buildings inundated do to poor city planning.
Ashley has been spending time with some of the nearby community kids. Doing art projects, taking them for "fast food" treats and is excited about an upcoming medical outreach to their school. In order to burn some of that off she and a group of fellow moms from school climbed to the top of Mount Longonot.
Ella Jade recently celebrated her 15th Birthday with an exciting meal out a our favorite East Asian restaurant. Her gymnastics team one second place at a tournament last weekend. Ella Jade and Duncan were both invited to be 2 of 3 eighth graders to participate in the final Chapel Service of the year. And, Duncan's Middle Men group celebrated our final weekly discipleship breakfast for middle school....now on to less middle and more manly high school.
My lovely Lillian is getting like 100 feet tall and is working very hard to finish off her sophomore year strong. And lastly, their old man played in an old man rugby match as our Nairobi Crash took on the RVA Ole Buffalos - we got destroyed but learned a great deal about playing together better as a team.
Prayer & Praise
So much praise for this incredible year of ministry and all that it took to make it happen through all of your prayer and partnership. For all of the staff at Rosslyn Academy and how they have cared for our children. For the opportunity to launch new team members to the fields of harvest.
Praying for a strong close to the school year. For God to work greatly in the ongoing training. For wisdom and clarity of message as we enter this season to touch base with current partners and recruit new partners to our support team. For balance during our home leave between recharging our batteries and work needs. That we love on our friends and family well.