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Full of Month of Trainings

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FULL MONTH OF TRAINING The month of March was FULL of trainings.  We trained new missionaries coming to serve in Sub-Saharan Africa.  We trained current missionaries serving in Sub-Saharan Africa in their first term.  We trained believers in our local church to evangelize and disciple people as they live out their day-to-day lives.  We trained nurturers in the Growing Redemptive Participator Approach (GrPA).  We also started corresponding with missionaries who will be starting their stateside training to come and serve in Sub-Saharan Africa later this year.   Reflecting and writing up that list of trainings makes me tired, but it has been such a sweet time of pouring into others!     Along the way, we have also spent time in local ministry, sharing the gospel and studying together with our disciples.     The hardest part of this month was our vacation that was abruptly cut short.  After our week of training nurturers to teach language, we planned a day to spend at the beach, the pool a

Sprint to the Finish

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Our stateside assignment is on the horizon, and we are ready to be there with our family and friends! We’re looking forward to college graduation, a wedding, and speaking at several churches to share how the Lord is moving in Sub-Saharan Africa.     Here’s our speaking schedule as of now: April: 18- Emory BC, Emory, TX 25- Park Street BC, Greenville, TX 26 (Monday)- Bullard Chapel BC, Tishomingo, OK  (Marshall-Johnson Association -WMU) 27-(Tuesday)- helping FBC Bryan, TX WMU May: 2- OPEN 9- Ridgecrest BC, Commerce, TX  23- FBC Alto, TX 25-(Tuesday)- helping FBC Bryan, TX WMU 30- FBC Aurantia- Mims, Florida June: 13- Fredericksburg Methodist Church, Fredericksburg, TX 20- Aberdeen BC, Pueblo, CO 27- FBC-Universal City, TX July: 11- OPEN   We would love to see each one of you, if possible.  Please join us in one of the above locations or set a date to share a meal or visit over coffee.   For now, we’re in a sprint to the finish.     As we’ve taken on the role of First Term Training Catal

Running with Purpose

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So many times, we find ourselves so busy that we can't truly remember what we did yesterday and much less what is coming in the future.  Life just seems to be eating away at our passions and dreams.  We would even say we are just going through the motions.  Here on the mission field, we have learned that knowing a major event is coming up is always a motivating factor for keeping our focus in the busy seasons of life.  However, thanks to Covid many of us just find ourselves running forward but confused as to why or what the end-goal may be.  Even knowing how things will turn out.  Everything is uncertain. January has been one of those months.  There were many times we found ourselves wondering what we were doing.  We hit this new year and took off in a sprint.  With our new role as the Nairobi City team leaders as well as our affinity training role we pushed forward and sought to learn many new things.  God was really good and allowed us to learn much and see unity among so many of

Hearts Ablaze for God in 2021

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As we close out 2020 and jump straight ahead into 2021 it doesn’t seem like much has changed yet.    However, if we are able to learn from the past, we will recognize that this time last year we never could imagine all that was going to transpire.    The same principle is at work for 2021.    We don’t know all that the Lord has in store for us all.      Stepping out in faith we desire to see the Lord continue to fan the flames of His presence within us.    The Lord has orchestrated so many things and He has been a God of all the little details in the past.    I think of Isaiah 55 and knowing that “our ways are not His ways” and His thoughts and ways are way better than ours.    We recognize His sovereignty and trust that he that began this good work will finish it.      So, as we look ahead to 2021, we find ourselves in places and situations we never intended to be in.    One thing we can say, is that God is at work and He is fanning our hearts blaze for Him.    Our resolve to make muc

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