Dan, Heather, Jeremiah, Tory, Emma, Tye, Claire, Levi, Josie, Jane and Ethan

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Preparations 2.0

Jeremiah, 13

Emma, 11

Claire, 10

Levi, 7

It feels somewhat like déjà vu with endless lists, errands, purchases, planning, etc. for our impending return to Kenya. Making the task more daunting has been the fact that summer is officially full-throttle in Phoenix, with temps easily into the one hundred teens. Thankfully our family is currently in a much cooler Marion, IN at the WGM headquarters completing a week of Orientation Camp (OC) to prepare us again for the challenges of cross-cultural ministry. The kids are participating in their own program, although Jeremiah is finding time to sharpen his archery skills and catch a few bass. After OC, we head to Mansfield for a week to visit Dan’s family, then to Midwest Camp. We arrive back in Phoenix on August 2nd, to complete the packing process prior to our departure to Kenya August 15th.

Overall, we are so thankful for this year of preparation before our upcoming two year stint in Kenya (through summer 2013). Our goal and prayer at the beginning of this year was that God would maximally prepare our family holistically (mentally, emotionally, physically and spiritually), so that we can, as a family, maximally glorify Christ in the next two years. Sometimes we don’t understand what we are praying, and have preconceived notions on how we think God should answer our prayers, usually in less painful and more convenient ways. But God is not interested in just superficial change, but that which runs deep, into our core.

Thank you for all your prayers and support of our family on this return journey to Kenya!