A Banner Year

In many ways, 2013 was the highlight of not only our 6+ years of ministry in Africa, but of our lives. Every year is better than the last, and we can’t imagine what could be in store for 2014 in God’s kingdom work and our small part to play in it. Come, take a short walk with us through the past year of ministry, movies, maasai, and mobilizing the African church. January began with a party to celebrate the completion of production (filming) of Andy’s directorial debut movie, The Distant Boat.  47 days of filming across a good swath of Kenya produced 80 hours of footage that would now need to be edited into a 2 hour movie. Lesa also led a group of 20 high school students on the annual CFS (Cultural Field Studies) trip to Olepishet, our Maasai village where we partner with the local church to do community development. We can’t remember what happened in February. Our family photo album contains photos of legos and deformed faces so apparently the kids weren’t getting enough homework. Andy helped lead worship at a conference for workers in creative access nations. During our first 6 months in Kenya (2007) we lived through the harrowing experience of a deadly and violent election, which saw a thousand people killed and a quarter of a million people displaced. Our home at the time was on the border of Kibera slum, and riots, gunshots, tear gas were sometimes literally a block away. This March was the first presidential elections since 2007, and in preparation for an uncertain time we stockpiled food, fuel, water,...

16 days, $500/month to go

The stats: 16 days until we leave for Africa 15 days to raise $500/month in support 21 days before school starts in Kenya 50 days until shooting starts on Andy’s feature-length directorial debut We’ve had an amazing time in America, seeing family and friends and supporters, but our time is finally winding down. Honestly, we’re more than ready to go back. We’re torn between the people we love here and the work God has lined up for us to do. We are anxious to begin our next term and see what God has planned. IMMEDIATE NEED Our organization, AIM, requires us to be 100% supported before allowing us to return to Africa. We started our furlough in June with $1100/month shortfall. We’re extremely grateful to have been blessed with $600/month of new support since then. This leaves us still $500/month short of being able to return to Kenya, with our round-trip tickets already set and school and a movie production we’re involved in all waiting on our return! We are praying for 5 or 10 families that can partner with us financially. The average amount our supporters pledge is $100 a month,  Please pray about being one of those families, and joining us in God’s amazing work on the African continent! Email us right away if you are one of those families, we need to show evidence of our 100% support by the end of the month! THE MOVIE Andy’s team is making a $100,000 feature-length movie this year, with filming scheduled to start middle of September and Andy as the director. Please pray for the funding to come in by...

Half-time

30 number of days spent in the US so far 29 days remaining 35 lbs gained collectively 3853 miles driven Half-way through our furlough we are still fund-raising. We’ve picked up some new supporters, and possibly even an additional church partnership, but still find ourselves lacking about $700/month that we need to be able to return to the field at the beginning of August. AIM requires us to be 100% funded before allowing us to return. $6634 amount per month needed to minister and live as missionaries in Kenya 3 number of churches that support us 50 number of individuals that personally support us $100 amount of average monthly individual support $700 amount per month that we are under supported 29 number of days to find $700/month so we can receive financial clearance to return to the field number of months, in the past 5 years in Africa, that we have run out of support: 0 consistency of God’s faithfulness: 100% Please join us in praying for 7 new families that could partner with us financially with $100/month. Please join us in praising our eternally faithful God, who is able to provide, every time, perfectly...

Virginia tonight!

After a day in Amsterdam and a few days’ rest in Illinois, we are beginning our epic summer tour roadshow! During the next week+ in Virginia, we’d love to see as many people as we can. If you live in the DC area, please come to one of the following events and hear about Andy’s epic trips to Egypt, Iraq and Madagascar, and the feature-length film he’ll be directing in September. Lesa’s got a lot of great stuff to share as well… Sunday, June 10 at 10:30am leading worship at Dulles Community Church Tuesday, June 12 at 7pm dessert night at Brad and Amy Russell’s house Thursday, June 14 at 7pm dessert night at Bruce and Cindy Lang’s house Sunday, June 17 at 10:30am speaking at Dulles Community Church If you’re not able to make it to one of these events, we’d still love to see you. Please call us on our cell in the next few days so we can find a time to meet. 309-752-8355 We don’t take it lightly that there are nearly 100 people in the US and Canada who sacrifice financially, regularly, for us to serve the church in Africa, and even the church in the middle east occasionally. We are humbled and blown away every month to see who God will use to provide the funds it takes every month for us to live modestly and serve effectively here. Before we start our 3rd term as missionaries in August, we need to raise about $27,000 total (in one-time gifts or monthly pledges) before we’ll be allowed to return to the field. Would you please be praying about joining our support...

May update, and urgent pray requests…

…it’s been a month like no other, and it’s only just begun. Please take a moment to read what God has been doing in and through us, our summer furlough schedule, and how you can partner with us to continue doing this ministry as our 3rd term in Africa starts this summer. The Sound of Music, Lesa’s 9th show at our school, and the first one featuring Sydney in a major role, finished 2 weeks ago. See photos from the show and read more about the 11 weeks of rehearsal, 85 cast, crew, and orchestra, 5 sellout performances, and 1 drama teacher to rule them all. Tonight, Andy heads to Egypt and on Monday, Iraq. He will be serving as a videographer with International Christian Concern, an organization whose mandate is getting the world to notice Christian persecution and to fight on behalf of those who are enduring this persecution. Read more about this trip, and how you can be praying for Andy, and especially for the christians from these countries. 2 days after he returns, Andy starts casting for “A Distant Boat”(working title), the first feature-length film his team has ever taken on, and with Andy as director. Andy’s team will weed through up to 400 actors in 2 days to get down to a cast of about a dozen. Watch a short video about this film project and how you can get involved. A little under two weeks later, and the whole family will be in Amsterdam, riding the canals and checking out the Anne Franke house, on a short 1-day layover on the way to the US...
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