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An Attitude of Gratitude

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November was not an easy month for most of us.  We learned much about ourselves, we mourned with friends as a dear went on to be with Jesus, we hurt with friends that are ill, we lived through some hard personal moments as well.  One thing that became very evident to us throughout November is that we have a God that cares.  He gives comfort and peace in the midst of trials. For that very reason we find our solves so thankful to the Lord for everything that is happening around us.  It is hard to always see the good in the situation, but we have seen the Lord’s hand at work.   The Lord has heard our prayers and answered them through you guys.  All the prayers, support and kind words have been so helpful.  We remember daily that we have the greatest support system in the world.  Thank you for allowing the Lord to use you all to impact our lives.  Our hearts are grateful, and we know that our words can never adequately express how thankful we truly are.  We could fill pages upon pages for

“If Ever I Loved Thee, My Jesus ‘tis Now”

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So yesterday in church we sang the hymn “My Jesus I Love Thee” by William R. Featherton and it was such a sweet reminder of our dependence on our Lord Jesus Christ.  We were struck by the last phrase that stated, “if ever I loved thee, my Jesus ‘tis now”.  We were reminded that God loves us so completely and he loves without favoritism.  He never changes.  In the midst of thinking of His great love for us, our hearts just cried out to him in love and adoration.  It took our concerns and issues we have and made them insignificant.  We were able to just remember how much we love Jesus.   Life here in Nairobi is happening at a fast pace and it seems that days are flying by.  We are making inlets into the language and culture but have so much more to learn.  We have enjoyed seeing people hear the story of Jesus Christ with new eyes and we are really excited about seeing fellow Kenyan brothers and sisters in Christ get excited about God’s Word and living for him.  We have seen so many step-

Walking in God’s Providence

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As many of you know we have transitioned to Kenya and we are doing well.  We have now lived here for over a month and we are feeling more and more at home.  We still don’t have all of our belongings, but they should arrive in November.  We are buying items we need for our new home that we didn’t bring with us and are thankful for the temporary furniture items we are able to use during this transition.  Slowly we are getting accustomed to the new normal of living in Nairobi.     Transitions are difficult.  No matter who you are and what the transition is, it will cause some friction in your life.  Even knowing that we are walking in God’s providence for this season of life, we find ourselves struggling.  The truth is, that God is helping us re-define who we are.  For so many years we knew what our role was and what we needed to do that having to start over is uncomfortable.  Granted, we have learned from the past and we don’t want to make the same mistakes, but it is so hard to push the

Pandemic Moving

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August came and went, and much has changed in our lives.  For anyone that hasn't heard, we are officially living in Nairobi, Kenya.  We were so surprised by how quickly everything came together.  We thought we were ready but when it came time to finalize the house in Fort Dauphin to move, we found ourselves struggling with finding enough time to get it all done.  These past few months have caused much stress in our lives but as we are on the other side, we just see God's gracious hand at work. First of all, it is so hard to think that we are not living in Madagascar.  We truly love the red island and a part of our hearts will always be there.  Leaving Madagascar was hard physically, emotionally, and spiritually.  We can't tell you how difficult it is to move regardless of what is happening but doing this during a pandemic made it much harder.  We don't feel as if we adequately said goodbye to our Malagasy family and that bothers us.  Having lived in Africa for many year

Have You Moved Yet?

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Even in the midst of restrictions, we are so thankful to have been able to say some of the necessary farewells to prepare for our move to Kenya.   We’ve really struggled with this job transfer and move for a number of reasons.   And although the uncertainty of our circumstances has had us on edge, we’re holding on.   We’ve been doing our new job and trying our best to finish well here in Madagascar despite the ever-changing restrictions. In the past month we’ve shared meals with Malagasy families and celebrated our final worship service at our local Malagasy church.  Each of these events was full of joy and sadness as we both mourn the change coming and rejoice in all that God has done.  After so many years of building relationships, learning more of the Malagasy language and culture, making disciples, planting churches and really settling in, it’s hard to leave, but we walk by faith.  As we’ve said these farewells, we continue to get calls and messages asking, “Have you moved yet?” Th

Be Encouraged

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The month of June has been long and hard.   We’ve felt the loss of volunteers that were supposed to join us in reaching out and training up our Malagasy brothers and sister.   We mourned the postponement of a week-long intensive Seminary training that was supposed to be taking place.   We’re uncertain of when we will move and it’s makes it difficult to know how much to pack up and what arrangements to make in the time being.   There have been so many losses and unending uncertainties, BUT GOD. One of our student missionaries that had to return to the States early this Spring due to COVID left behind a t-shirt that has become one of my favorites.  It says, “But God…”. It’s been a wonderful reminder this season to trust him.  He is not surprised by this pandemic and he is not moved from his purpose for mankind; that all should reach repentance.  Though this update sounds all gloomy and there have been some low days, the one thing that sticks out about the month of June is the remi

Precision

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This past month has been an adaptation into the new normal.  I think we aren't the only ones that found ourselves filling up our days and calendars with new normal.  Our routine sped up, slowed down, and went into hyper-speed.  In all of that we just found ways to get back to the basics and enjoy the normal pulse of life.  We have needed to learn new things yet still act with precision in our daily life.  In order to do that we schedule out time for the Lord, school/job, exercise, and family. Eating takes place all day long.  haha. Our day to day lives are very different than they used to be and now with Covid-19 actually being present in the city where we live in, things have forced us to live out each day with a precision that wasn't quite needed before.  There are many restrictions in place that force us to learn new behavioral norms.  We are very fortunate and thankful that despite these restrictions we feel safe. One of the things that has been on our minds here lately