- We are close to being a full base again! Our new teammates the Youngs came last month, and jumped right in to making Loki a more beautiful, fun, creative place because of their presence. We are glad God called them here, and grateful for what they bring to the team. Our other team members, who were on an unexpected extended stay in America due to immigration problems, are now back in country and will be back up to Loki next week. We look forward serving together and growing spiritually in community, which is something we have missed during this last season.
- A huge praise God for working out permissions to fly more efficiently in S Sudan! And thank you to all of you who joined with us in prayer for this. There were few passengers who could afford the stringent requirements the government was putting on all flights, but things are better now. Not that these kinds of things are easy there. Please pray for supernatural wisdom, patience, and humility as the pilots have to navigate alot of potential sticky situations and difficult security personnel there.
- As you may have seen on FB, the drought is still very bad. Not just our area, which is always dry, but even the whole country. Just like any disaster, the wider the affected area, the less available resources there are to go around. If the government is under pressure to help in so many counties, chances are small that help would make it up this far. Many animals are dying, some people, and more not far behind. Violence has increased due to competition for water. One local church here has asked for financial help so they can provide relief food. We shared his request on FB, and a few people responded. Thank you! If you are interested as well, please contact us. This can actually be a distraction to the real need, the spiritual need; so please pray that even in the midst of acute human suffering, the spiritual emptiness remains the highest priority. Pray for this church and Pastor Isaac to have wisdom in sharing these resources, and that the church would use this opportunity of loving on their community to build more relationships, as a springboard to meeting the real Bread of Life. They had one distribution that I did not attend, as we think its best to keep the white people in the background in regards to these things. But I hope to stop by just as a visitor tomorrow, when they will do another one.
- Last week some representatives from an organization called Scripture in Use came, hosted by Pastor Isaac, to do a training with local people from a few different churches. Their heartbeat is to equip indigenous believers to evangelize and disciple in a culturally appropriate way. No missionaries of our generation are new to the idea of using Bible stories, but I have really been learning exactly how much of my approach is different because of my literate background. The way I measure spiritual growth, the way I do Bible study, so many things. I was unable to attend the seminar, but I am going through the training online. It is so exciting to see some churches here equipping themselves to really take the Gospel out, in a way that can connect with people. Instead of waiting for them to come and hear it in a culturally irrelevant way, and then reject it. Not that they are rejecting the message itself, it just isn't resonating with them because of the cultural packaging. The same things can be shared with more stories, music styles from their own culture, and dramas. Please join us in praying that the intensity and passion these local believers feel now, right after the training, will not burn out but will grow into a strong, long term movement of God among the traditional Turkana living in the villages or way out in the bush, who have not responded to the Gospel. And they can even spread to unreached peoples in places like S Sudan.
- We are making plans for home assignment! We will be in North America for 5 months, approximately August-December. We will be based some out of Charlotte NC, and some from Pratt/Haviland KS. We will be making trips in various directions out from those locations. There are alot of details to be worked out, alot of traveling logistics, alot of emotions (where is home?), and preparing to be gone from here for so long. We are really excited to see whoever we can during that time. Even if we did not meet with you or speak at your church prior to our first term, we would love to share with you this time. Just ask!
Hello from a still hot, dry northern Kenya. We did have two days of light rain, but are really praying a real rainy season comes ahead of schedule (April.) We are well. I can just share with you a few highlights of news these days, with a few related pictures down below.
Thank you for sharing in the journeys of the Crisp family. We are ordinary people who know and love an extraordinary God, only because He first knew and loved us. Out of gratitude to Him, and a desire to see His name known, we follow where He leads.