The kids decided summer break was boring after about 2 days. So we are pretty excited that our families graciously offered to bring us back for a quick visit in July! Patrick is staying in Kenya, and will be spending half the time in Uganda filling in at a base there. We will definitely have to bring him back something special!!! A few things to update on here.
- I hope you took the opportunity to read our recent newsletter, and hear from Patrick! He shared more about his experiences with some of the remote teams in South Sudan, and a video from one of those trips. If you don't receive the newsletter, which we send quarterly, you can subscribe on the home page. We have no security concerns, so feel free to share it as well.
- I have often talked about the process of becoming part of the community here, and how the kids fit into that as well. We are encouraged by progress in this, for adults and children! I definitely have some relationships that are more enjoyable than draining. Cross cultural relationships can just be challenging, so when that line is crossed, from being something you have to push yourself to do to something that is enjoyable, it is very rewarding. It isn't something that the kids can be pushed into, though, so we celebrate small victories. We have really seen Hannah grow in some of her own relationships, and her level of comfort in some challenging cross-cultural situations. Thank you for your prayers.
- We are moving ahead with plans for the Transformational Development workshop in August. TD is a different perspective on development. Usually outsiders come in, assess the needs of a community, decided how it can be 'fixed', put something into place, pump money in, encourage people to get on board, then leave. This may work in some contexts, but doesn't usually bring the desired results in Africa. TD is a holistic approach to development: emphasizing understanding the whole picture (poverty is not just a lack of resources, so the answer is not just financial resources), realizing the importance of relationships in fixing the problem of poverty, emphasizing the responsibility of the community, not the outsider, encouraging the individuals involved to be the ones to assess their needs, come up with ideas, use their own resources, and partner together. Then to see how others can help in a supportive way, undergirding what is already being implanted by the local community. This can be a challenging concept when the status quo is the opposite. Please pray for God to really bring people, for them to be able to save money for the registration fee, and for their hearts and minds to be open and ready to receive.
- Our househelper's young daughter, Parfelina, was badly burned when she spilled a pot of boiling water on herself. She is in alot of pain, and the risk of infection is high, especially with a small child in this environment. We appreciate your prayers that she heal quickly.