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Were still alive

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.

Jeremy

Baby Gifts

Our world has forever been changed with the arrival of Anastasia Louise at 2:28am of September 23, 2017.

She is a precious gift from God. We have much to learn about being parents. Thankfully, we are surrounded with so many people with their love, support and encouragement. We feel this through all the messages and prayers.

Several people have asked about how to give a baby gift. You are able to give in two different ways.

1) If you want to send a card with a love gift of money so that we can purchase items here in Kenya, then mail a card to Jeremy’s parents.
Roger Hazel
109 Pineview Rd
Statesboro, GA 30461

2) If you want to send a small and light weight gift to us here in Kenya, then mail the gift to Claudia’s sister.
Kathy Hodgson
2819 Evansdale Circle
Atlanta, GA 30340
Claudia’s mom and sister will bring all the gifts with them in January when they come visit us here in Kenya. This is why the gift needs to be small and light weight to fit into their luggage. Gifts need to be to them by December 15. We do have a baby registry on Amazon.

Here is the link to go directly to Our Baby Registry:

Thank you for wanting to express your love by giving to our family of 3 now as we celebrate this precious gift from God.

With much love,

Jeremy, Claudia, and Anastasia
Ha3els in Africa

 

And her name will be….

Anastasia Louise Hazel

We are happy to share with everyone what our daughter’s name will be. Like most of the names in the Bible, her name has an origin and means something.

Anastasia means resurrection.   And    Louise means renowned warrior.

So together her name means Renowned Resurrection Warrior.

How did we come to this name?

Louise is from our American family.

  • Claudia’s grandmother was Claudia Louise.
  • Jeremy’s grandmother was Barbara Louise.
  • Jeremy’s mother is Deborah Louise.

Anastasia comes indirectly from our San family in Namibia.

When we were visiting Namibia in April, we told our San family we were expecting. Tsaba, my mama and namesake, gave us a boy and girl Ju/’hoan name. This is their tradition for the grandparents of a child to give the name and not the parents. Tsaba gave us /asa for a girl. It has a click. It is the easiest of the 4 clicks but the U.S. government would not understand it for a birth certificate or future legal things. We didn’t want to complicate our daughter’s life, so we westernized it to Tasa. We pondered it for a long time and just didn’t feel it was enough. We searched and searched through other names but kept coming back to Tasa. I found that Tasa meant resurrection. Then I looked for other names that meant resurrection. This is when we found Anastasia and Tasa can be a nickname of Anastasia. It took several weeks for us to settle on Anastasia.

I did more research. I read an article about how one man presented the gospel by introducing his family and the meaning behind their names. Anastasia was his mother’s, wife’s and daughter’s name. “Anastas” is a Greek action and promise word found in 138 verses in 6 different forms in the Bible. When used as a verb, it is means to make or cause someone stand up, to raise up or to raise again; resurrection. This started with Abram when God told him to arise and walk about the land of Canaan and when God promised that everyone would be blessed through him. This is the inheritance of heaven for all who confess and believe in the resurrection of Jesus Christ.

Jesus said, “I am the resurrection and the life; he who believes in Me will live even if he dies.” John 11:25

If you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. Romans 10:9

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His great mercy has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to obtain an inheritance which is imperishable and undefiled and will not fade away, reserved in heaven for you. 1 Peter 1:3–4

But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect 1 Peter 3:15

Jeremy and I have used often 1 Peter 3:15 to describe the work God has for us here in Africa. Hope with gentleness and respect. This hope we pray will come to the San, the Digo and all the unreached people groups of the world. We have just a small part to play. Thank you to all who play their part by praying for us and faithfully giving. Please continue to pray for this pregnancy: that I will remain healthy even though I am unable to get to doctor appointments as normal and that Anastasia will be born healthy. Our little warrior is growing and active these days!

 

 

 

Masai Market

We are still at language school this week. It has been a good, challenging, difficult and at times frustrating experience. The time though has laid a good foundation for us to continue to learn Kiswahili when we return to Kenya next week. We are far from becoming fluent but I learned an African Proverb this week that says “You don’t become an expert in five days.” When explained to me, the proverb means that there are 3 ingredients needed to become an expert at anything which are practice, patience, and persistence. This includes becoming an expert or fluent in another language which definitely takes longer than 5 days or the 8 weeks we have been here at language school.

One of the great things about being here in Africa over the past 2 years is that we have been in 6 different African nations and have been able to meet people from many different people groups. Each group is different in their language, culture, customs, dress, housing, way of living, etc. We have been with groups of people that are agriculturist, hunter and gatherers, and now pastoralist.

This past Saturday there was a Language School field trip to the Masai Market. The Masai keep herds of cows, goats, and sheep. So we went to the meat market. There were 100’s of Masai men buying and selling their animals.

Our guide for the day told us a little about their culture like there are 3 classes of men: elders, warriors, and children and that their favorite color is red. While at the market, animals are bought and sold along with some of them being slandered and cooked. There were 100’s of people sitting around enjoying a good meal and fellowshipping. The Masai Market happens every Saturday. This was a great cultural experience for us.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It amazes me how diverse the people are on the African continent. We are all created by God in His image. We serve an Awesome God.

The Latest

We have just finished putting together a newsletter where we reflect on life and the lessons learned while living amongst the Bushman.  We also introduce the DIGO and the challenges and game plan as we move forward.  Enjoy and feel free to share it.  March 2017 Newsletter

Below is a photo from DIGOland a few days ago of our teammates putting up a screen on a soccer goal to show the Jesus film in a village.

Asked how it went our team leader responded.  “The night went well. We had about three dozen people join us. The local pastor gave his testimony at the end and right as we finished cleaning up it started to rain.”    Praise God for the added rain as Eastern Kenya is in a drought may it bring forth growth from the seeds planted both physical and spiritual.