A change of plans

Snoozing on the overnight to London A few weeks ago we were sitting trying to analyze our feeling of unsettledness about going back to the US for furlough this summer. We had been planning on it, since it will have been 2 years since our last furlough. And Lesa has a required 3 weeks of graduate school in Colorado she has to attend. Yet, there were some problems with this plan. We had just been in the US last summer for a pair of weddings. We are losing our house in Nairobi and are required to move out this summer. The 3 weeks of graduate school was going to wreak havoc on our travel schedule. 6 months ago we were certain we’d need to be furloughing this coming summer just to be able to raise money to remain on the field. Since then we’ve seen God’s mighty hand of blessing provide enough for us to remain here without running out of money in the near future. So, we’ve decided to delay our furlough until summer of 2012, which solves many problems for us. It allows us to be able to move into our next house when it opens up, rather than having to move our entire household into temporary storage in May, and then into a house when we would have returned from furlough. It allows us to have a much less distracted and busy furlough in 2012, without having to squeeze 3 weeks of grad school into our 8 week furlough. And most importantly, it allows us to actually have some down time this summer, as we’ll have...

Half-time report: back to Africa in 43 days

Exactly half-way into our 3 month home assignment we thought would be a good time to send a quick update of what we’ve done and where we’re at. While the first half of our trip was filled with seeing all our dear friends and sending church in northern Virginia, the second half of our trip is full of family and doctor’s appointments and shopping for the next 2 years’ worth of socks and deodorant and taco seasoning and everything that America has to offer that is hard to find or expensive in Kenya. While the first half of our trip was filled with some reverse culture shock (everything from the color of our money to the variety of food in grocery stores), the second half of our trip is starting to fill with a building excitement for our return to what feels like our home, Kenya. We’re starting to really miss our dear friends there, just as we’ve missed so many of you here. We’re starting to think about our upcoming move across Nairobi, about the start of a new school year in a new school, and Lesa’s return to full time teaching. Quick Stats 43 days into our furlough 43 days remaining 3000 miles driven so far 2000 miles to go . Foods to partake: Fountain Coke (check) McDonalds (check) Chipotle (check) Moe’s (check) Pizza Hut (check) Beau Joe’s Papa Johns’ Sonic . 25 lbs gained [cumulative] 25 lbs to go? Financial update THANKS to some very generous gifts, some new supporters, and our faithful supporters from the past two years, we are right on track for returning...

2 big events this weekend

We’ve been crazy busy the past 2 weeks in Northern Virginia seeing friends and family and catching up on the past 2 years. More about that later, but right now we wanted to post a quick note about 2 opportunities this weekend for your prayers. We’re having 2 “Africa Night” dessert parties, where we have an opportunity to share in-depth about our past 2 years in Africa, and to raise up prayer and financial supporters. Please pray we have good attendance at these events, that we make good connections with people, and that God is glorified through the stories we share of how He is at work throughout Africa. Friday, 7:30pm, Broga’s house (43439 Mountcastle Drive, South Riding, VA) Saturday, 7:00pm, Lang’s house (1413 Horizon Court, Herndon,...
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