Greetings from Nairobi, Kenya! We are finally here in Africa, staying at the Mayfield Guest House. We arrived on Saturday night and have been taking this week to rest and get over our jet-lag. Honestly, we haven’t left the Guest House too much, because our children have been taking turns getting sick. This is normal and somewhat a positive thing, though, because it is forcing us to take our first week here nice and easy. Adjusting our bodies to the time and culture change is proving to be challenging for us adults, and add on top of that helping the kids to adjust makes it quite an adventure! Today, though, we feel better than yesterday, so things are looking up. The 14 hour flight over was fairly uneventful, though quite exhausting. The kids were all very well behaved. (!)
We will write a more thorough e-mail in the next week or so, after we have settled in at ABO (Africa-Based Orientation) in Machakos, Kenya, where we will be for three weeks. We just wanted to tell you that we are here – safe and adjusting! Here are a few prayer requests:
* Please pray that we will all be healthy and sleeping through the night for ABO, (we go there this Friday), so that the whole family can benefit from the learning time.
* Please pray for us as we are experiencing the very earliest (and mildest) stages of culture shock – that we would develop a heart of love for this culture and people, which will withstand the major life adjustments we will be making over the next months.
* Please pray for the leaders of our ABO, that God will give them wisdom as they teach and prepare our group to make our homes and develop our ministries in Africa.
We love you all and we thank God everyday for your encouragement, love, and strength.
Andy, Lesa, Robbie, Avery, and Sydney