30 July 2009
We are honored to hold Grandma's dying hands, to smile with her, to say goodbye. She has watched four children, and eleven grandchildren grow up to love the Lord. A phenomenal legacy few can claim. Fourteen great-grandchildren have a pretty good start too. Seems like enough, right?
It's still hard.
The details unfold differently for everyone. But there IS one good time to die: with the knowledge that Christ is our savior. Forgiven. Washed clean. Free. Grandma knows she is going home. To her Heavenly Father. To run down the streets of gold and into the arms of Jesus. Free.
And that makes it a little easier.
28 July 2009
22 July 2009
While we get our pictures, thoughts and stories sorted out from a few weeks of traveling, here are two new videos from AIM. The first one is the newest video about the Rift Valley Academy. We also like the one on YouTube, but it's fun to have a fresh take on the ministry of the school.
The second video is a glimpse of what we will encounter when we move to Kenya. Our schedule is to leave late June 2010 (11 months!), and after two months of orientation and adjustment, The first term at RVA will begin in late August. We will go through the three-week Africa Based Orientation (ABO) program the film discusses in July. Many of you have asked about this time, and we hope this helps you picture our transition a little better. It has helped us!
12 July 2009
10 July 2009
We started our first class, Old Testament survey, part one, in February. We finished that set of fifteen classes in June. Yikes! Not the fastest start. However, I'm happy to report, sitting here in a hotel on our way to Oregon with Jim's family, we just finished our third course. A much better rate of success. I think we'll make it!
It has been great to "go back to school" together. Obviously, it was challenging to get into a routine at first, but we are excited to be so much better equipped when we arrive at RVA in a year. And by the way, anyone can take these classes, so if you've never had a bible education and would like one, sign up and go to school with us!
09 July 2009
Matthew 16:24 says,"Then Jesus said to His disciples, 'If anyone wishes to come after Me, he must deny himself, and take up his cross and follow Me.'"
We're all called to be servants, denying ourselves, living as Christ. That is our ministry, be it witnessing to unreached people groups in hostile spiritual environments or serving other believers in our 'safe' church body. Regardless of where we follow Christ, our lives as Christians should be marked by our unselfish, generous lives which serve as a witness for those who do not know. I had an old friend tell me, "As mama Teresa says, 'It's not so much where you are that matters, but what you're doing there.'" So, I guess the challenge to us - as missionaries now - is the same as every other Christian: Are we living in submission to Christ's broader call... denying ourselves and following Him?
06 July 2009
03 July 2009
01 July 2009
We had unexpected car trouble the last week of school in May, and after borrowing rides until we had time to fix it, Jim proceeded to take it all apart. I think it is just amazing that he can take apart a hundred pieces like this and put it back on the car...and it works!!
Then he finished up the laundry room...it's hard to take pictures of it, but he finished the drywall, painted it, and put up trim. Now the laundry is that much more fun!