Monday, January 9, 2012
Hello from Kenya
I am in Kenya with the family. Justin is the Executive Director of HaMoreh Ministries, which exists to mentor and equip Kenyan pastors. Through this ministry, several professors and pastors, as well as students and other ministry teams, travel to Africa to teach in Kenya Baptist Theological College and other universities and seminaries. We also provide funding, computers, books, and other resources to these schools and pastors.
We are here for three weeks. Justin is teaching an Old Testament course, and I am teaching a few half-day public health seminars for his students. We are having a great experience. This was our first time to come as a family; Justin has been here twice before. Our hope is to make this a part of our regular life rhythm, with trips here once or twice a year. We are learning things on this trip that will make each successive trip easier. Such as... two year olds have tantrums. Did you know? And sunscreen is shockingly difficult to purchase in Africa.
The kids are doing amazingly well, actually. Considering the circumstances (they slept maybe 3 hours on the first overnight flight and then walked miles and miles in Paris, and that was just day one.), I would expect lots of whining and poor behavior, but they constantly surprise me. Such great kids. What a blessing.
This is the playground where we are staying. In case you thought we are roughing it or anything.
It is truly beautiful. Not quite tropical, hilly, and so green. We are staying at Brackenhurst, a Baptist conference center which shares a campus with the seminary.
The kids with their friends, Felix and Joshua. Their dad Linus is the Principal of the seminary.
Jonas fist bumping with some of the kids at church.
Our very first day in Kenya, we drove through some tea fields. When we stopped and got out, children (their parents work in the fields and they live in housing there) came swarming out to see us. I think maybe they had seen some white people before...maybe once or twice...but not much. They couldn't stop patting Betty's hair :) Jonas and Betty took it in stride, jumping right in to make friends. Betty learned some songs and games from the girls, and Jonas was climbing trees and chasing cats with the boys in no time. Some things are universal I suppose; no Swahili translation needed.
This is the first cottage we stayed in; we've since moved to a larger one with a kitchen but I don't have a picture to show you.
This is out of order, but you don't mind, do you? We took an extended layover in Paris on the way here, to break up the flight. It was COLD. Paris is beautiful, but we Texans will enjoy it much more in spring or summer.
Please keep us in your prayers!
Tuesday, February 22, 2011
I HAVE TO GET OUT OF HERE RIGHT NOW...
Does anyone remember this from the women's retreat?: Anxiety is a gift: it is a signpost telling me that something is amiss in my heart. It reveals my false treasure. It warns me that my treasure is vulnerable. (Thanks, Elyse Fitzpatrick.)
Consider that Christ was free to serve because of his security with the Father:
I find rest and joy in the Lord, and share the sweetness with my family:
Nehemiah 8:10Then he said to them, "Go your way. Eat the fat and drink sweet wine and send portions to anyone who has nothing ready, for this day is holy to our Lord. And do not be grieved, for the joy of the LORD is your strength."
I need way more restful quiet than I could get if I depended on sitters. So for me the trick is learning to rest with the kids. If I make hot tea for myself and warm milk for them and cuddle on the couch, or park myself in a rocking chair on the porch while they run around the yard, I can find that peaceful rhythm that I crave. Even if the laundry is waiting. And no facebook. I'm slowly beginning to realize that I can even read my Bible with children in the same room and dishes in the sink; I don't have to wait for sleeping kids and a clean house to claim some rest. Otherwise it may never happen.
What are your thoughts? Do you struggle with "needing" the time away more than is healthy? Does this reveal anything uncomfortable about your heart?
Praise God for His grace to show us our need for Him.
He is that good.
Monday, February 21, 2011
Sunday, February 20, 2011
Sunday, January 23, 2011
Other Firsts in History
Happy Birthday, Henry!
I can't believe you are one.
You are an absolute doll, and I have thoroughly enjoyed the past year with you.
You had your favorite: spaghetti and meatballs. Followed by chocolate cake.
Your cake. It's a bit homely, but I don't think you minded.
The closest thing I have to a group shot. No, Mimi is not dancing a flamenco. It just looks that way.
Your favorite facial expression. Ooh!
Wednesday, August 11, 2010
Christ Church Academy
You can just take random individual classes, like I am. Or there are non-degree "certificate programs," for those who wish to further their education without going to a formal seminary.
Intro to Greek will also be offered this fall. Ever wanted to read the New Testament in its original language? Need a foreign language option for your homeschooled high schoolers?
We look forward to expanding the options. I would love to see more and more classes being offered, including some for younger children. Stay tuned for that...
Go check it out and sign up with me! Christ Church Academy.
(Who's a bigger nerd: Me for being excited about taking Old Testament Survey, or my husband for teaching it??? Don't answer that.)