I’m so excitied that I had to blog about this facebook post I shared the other day. The day after this post I sat down with H and we now have the first audio draft of the creation story. We are creating 16 stories to start off with and they will take us from creation to stories of Jesus in the New Testament. This is why we are here to bring the gospel to the Digo. So excited.
I know this isn’t a perfect framed photo. But today my Digo friend H and I started on the first Bible story. This is so huge to finally get started on putting the story of the Bible into an oral form so it can be spread. So excited I had to take a photo of this occasion. He was watching the story of creation on my tablet. As we were reading Genesis 1 he said to me. Oh so God created us and wants us to be friends with him. I said yes. You see for a Muslim to say that is totally opposite of their view of God who is very distance and you must do rules to try and gain favour. Pray for H as we journey through the bible and for my teammate Sam and her storyteller as we are working on this together.
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Our Journey back to the coast wasn’t without its share of struggles. It took us 16 hours over two days to travel 375 miles on the infamous Mombasa-Nairobi road. In America, that distance would just be a 5 to 6 hour journey on the interstate. It took 5 hours to travel through Mombasa and to cross the ferry. The sun had set when we finally arrived near our house. We turned off the paved road and onto our little stretch of dirt road. We had planned to arrive in daylight because we had been warned the road was impassable after the recent rains. The rain had washed gullies 2 feet deep on the sides which narrowed the road. The car slide off the road and we were stuck only 200 yards from home. Claudia and Anastasia walked to the house. The neighbors came to our aid and helped to work me free. I could only get the vehicle closer to the house. The next day the neighbors and I “fixed” the road and made it passable for now. We will see how long this will last.
Since being back we have been re-setting up the house. We are finally unpacking completely after being on the road for almost a year now. We have been so many places over the past year. It feels good to hang something on the wall and call it your own. The neighbors have come over to see Anastasia. It is nice to be back in the village. The day after we arrived, I went to the market to see my vegetable dealer and he warmly greeted me. He gave me extra veggies and gifted me 3 bananas for Anastasia. Africa is full of kindness and love! We have purchased a palm tree and decorated it as our Christmas tree. We have placed a small nativity beneath it. Just today Claudia was able to briefly explain what the nativity is about to two ladies who were visiting. We look forward to starting language learning again and building relationships. Babu’s death while we were gone has changed our neighborhood. Some of his family have moved up from the coast and are now staying in his house. This has brought some new women and children to our backyard which is a blessing. Pray with us as we engaged those around us and continue to build relationships. We are excited to start a Bible Storying project in the coming months which we will share more about later.
Wow! What a journey the past two years have been for us.
Thanksgiving Day 2015 we flew into Namibia to start living among the San Bushmen. Our time with the little people of the Kalahari was cut short because the Namibian government did not renew our work visas. So Thanksgiving 2016 we found ourselves with family in the States.
As 2017 started, we didn’t know where we were going. We escaped to our cabin in the woods of East Tennessee because we had no answers to everyones questions. We spent a month there. We were snowed in for 5 days. We prayed a lot. By the end of our time at the cabin God had given us a peace to set a deadline to hear from the Namibian government. It broke our heart when there was nothing but silence.
But in the silence God started to grow a blessing for us. We found out about this blessing in March. There was a third Hazel growing inside. She was being knit together by the Lord. Anastasia arrived right on time according to God’s plan on September 23rd.
God also had another blessing for us, a new assignment in Kenya among another unreached people the Digo. This meant we were starting over. New country, new people group, new culture, new language, new team, NEW EVERYTHING. To tell the truth, the past 6 months have been overwhelming. Thankfully God has broken things up for us: 2 month of language learning in Tanzania, 2 months in the village to start learning culture, and 2 months to start to learn how to be parents. In a weeks time, everything will come together language, culture and parenthood. We are ready to settle for a long period of time after living out of a suitcase for more than a year now. With God’s help, we will start to reach the Digo people for His Kingdom.
This Thanksgiving we are celebrating with our New Team in Nairobi, Kenya. We have much thankfulness in our hearts.
We are thankful for our good Lord who has plans to give us HOPE for the future. We can trust Him totally! He provides always!
We are thankful for Anastasia!
We are thankful for everyone who has supported us the past few years. We truly could not be here in Africa without YOU. Thank you!!!! We pray you all experience God’s rich blessings this Thanksgiving surrounded by family and friends. We love each one of you and we send a BIG HUG to YOU.
Greetings from Nairobi. Yes we are still alive. Sorry we haven’t blogged an update in awhile but life has been a little unsettled. But as I sit here and pen this post I can say we are moving in a good direction. Since we last posted, Anastasia is now 6 weeks old and eating, growing and pooping and sleeping. Mommy and Daddy are trying to keep up with her with little success. We have also been able to acquire her birth certificate and she is now an official U.S. Citizen and her passport is coming in the next few weeks. Jeremy has been able to find a good vehicle and this week we should have the transfer complete and take possession. I’ve also been able to get my Kenya driver licence. (Both no small feat). In three weeks we are due to head to our annual AIM Kenya Conference about an hour north of Nairobi. It looks like we will have all our paperwork, doctors visits and a vehicle ready to be able to head back to the coast after our conference. This is a HUGE deal!!! We are excited and ready to return to the village knowing we don’t need to return to Nairobi anytime soon. We are slowly getting adjusted to this new life of parenthood and all the joys and struggles that come with it.