Greetings from Kenya! We hope and pray that you are well. Thank you for continuing to bless our family with cards, letters, emails, gifts, and most importantly your prayers. You bring joy and encouragement to our life in Kijabe. It’s a humbling experience to be able to serve our Lord and Savior in this part of the world. :-)
We know Africa has been in the news recently regarding the Ebola outbreak. Thank you for those who have prayed for this crisis and please continue to do so. SIM ELWA hospital in Liberia is at the center of the news as well as two of our missionaries contracting the virus. Please continue to pray for the leadership involved in the decision making for the hospital, the patients in the hospital, the people in Liberia and other countries in West Africa. The families of the two missionaries need our prayers as well as they go through this difficult time. Pray specifically that healing will occur and that this catastrophe will end. We know we live in a fallen world and that sickness is a reality but as believers we know that God is able to intervene. Pray that He will be glorified as events continue to unfold.
As for our most recent news, we’re heading to Texas on August 14th for a three-week trip to attend the wedding of Maureen’s brother. We are so grateful to family members who have provided for our plane tickets and look forward to enjoying some time with family and friends. We know we will not be able to see and visit everyone during this short trip, so please understand if we don’t get to see you! Built into the trip will be appointments with doctors and dentists as well.
We are currently on school break until the end of August, meaning Luke and Tim are not in school. This break is shorter than in the US, starting about three weeks ago. Maureen still continues her work in Community Health 3 days a week. We have said many goodbyes to fellow missionaries in the past month as they left for home assignment or have moved permanently back to their home country. However, it has not been a quiet and relaxing break yet as we are getting ready to move again. We have been cleaning, organizing, having our new home painted, and trying to pack for our move. It is a move up the hill and will require more time and energy that the last move. Please pray that the painting will be done as quickly and properly as soon as possible. Pray for motivation as we pack again, unpack and organize, and quickly pack again for the US. We may only get everything moved and nothing else done before we leave for the US. :-)
This will be our third move since arriving last August and we are looking forward to getting settled (again). We hope to be in our house by this coming weekend . . . just in time to pack up and head to Texas. We will leave Arlington, TX on Sept. 4 and arrive late Sept. 5 in Nairobi and travel back to Kijabe. We will be jumping right into school as Tim starts teaching and Luke starts Kindergarten two days after we arrive. We will also be settling into our new home.
As you know, God had opened the door for us to stay another year in Kijabe. If God keeps the door open, we plan on staying as long as He allows. For us to stay another year or longer, we will need to bring our support to 100%. Currently we are at 80% support. Translated into plain words . . . we will need to raise another $1000 per month in support to bridge the gap. When we came to Kenya last year we knew we were lacking, but had sufficient funds to cover the monthly shortfall. With the additional year and plans to remain here long term, we are praying for additional supporters to pray for us and allow God to use them by investing in His kingdom. If God lays it on your heart, please consider joining us on this journey by investing in a monthly gift or a one-time gift. Click on the “send Support Gift” below or click here.
We have also come to realize the need for a vehicle to make us more efficient and productive. Maureen’s ministry with the Maternal & Newborn Community Health Project requires her to make trips into surrounding communities and Tim’s new role as Spiritual Life Director at Moffat will require some travel as well . . . not to mention having the freedom to drive into Nairobi to pick up supplies when needed. We currently have to pay at least $80 to make a day trip to Nairobi to get supplies, and we do so twice a month on average. With the rocky and potholey roads here in Kenya, we also realized that the two requirements of a vehicle we need are: 1) high ground clearance, and 2) four wheel drive. Now, to be quite frank, cars are expensive in Kenya – a ten year old Toyota Land Cruiser would cost between $35,000 and $40,000. Oddly, Toyota is the brand of choice and probably has around 90% of the market. This means that other brands often have better deals. We have prayed about what type and size of vehicle God would want us to own and have decided that a midsized 4×4 vehicle that fits our family is adequate. So we started looking for one, especially as missionaries were leaving at the end of their terms, and found one that fits our needs! It is a 2004 silver gray Nissan X-Trail for $11,000. This vehicle has been passed through 2 missionary families in Kijabe and we are excited that God had provided it at just the perfect time. If you feel led to help us purchase this vehicle, please specify “For Ministry Vehicle” in the comment/note field when you give your gift online or in the memo line on the check.
We are looking forward to moving to our own home soon with our own appliances, furniture, beds, oven/stove, etc., and to be with family during Maureen’s brother’s wedding. We hope to connect with as many of you as possible during our short time in the US. May God bless you for your faithfulness in lifting our family up in prayers and for showing God’s love by providing for our needs. Please continue to keep in touch with our family because we love to hear from you. It is always an encouragement to us. We may not always express it, but we treasure every time you connect with us whether it is through a phone call, email, text, or on Facebook. Please send us any prayer requests you have for your family.
Tim, Maureen, Luke & Kate
TextMe Tim – 469-205-4907
TextMe Maureen – 469-423-7287 (new)
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