- While traveling last weekend, Patrick went headfirst over the handlebars of a motorbike, and has been seriously regretting it ever since. Some cracked ribs, deep abrasions that became infected, and sore joints have made this week challenging. Caroline passed her 104 fever/stomach virus on to Charlie and then to Patrick, and I've had an infected spider bite. Combined with over 8 days (counting? who's counting? not me. . . ) of no city power, it's been a long week.
- Our team has access to a wonderful resource called The Treasure, which is audio Scripture on a pocket sized, solar charged device. I wish you all could have been on the porch with me, my guest, and my househelper/translator Eunice, as I shared a Treasure with this woman named Akiru. She came for food and financial help, but I know the extent of her need is not physical. I wish you could have seen her face light up as she heard the Scripture in her own language, she literally laughed out loud. She wouldn't turn it off long enough for Eunice to explain how to charge it. There are quite a few churches in our area, but large percentages of people are not reached yet, such as this woman who lives more than an hours walk away. Treasures are an excellent way for these oral culture, semi-nomadic people to hear the Gospel, especially for those not comfortable in "church", and the thousands too far away to walk to a church. Pray that many hear these stories and share them with others, and that there is a Turkana Christian around to talk about it with them.
- Our Turkana Bead girls' group is now back in session in their schools, and we are meeting once a week together, and are getting started on some orders, which we are excited about. These orders will pay for their boarding fees, uniforms, and other things. Please pray that the time I spend with them is about so much more than school. Pray that I point them towards a sincere, personal, growing relationship with God, not to a "better" future. These girls may represent the future of their community, but that future is not just about education and job opportunities, although that is essential to climb out of the pit of poverty. But the deep need of every one of us is more of Jesus, and that is what I want to share with them. That, more than anything, will change our futures.
- Praying for safe travels and an encouraging time at homeschool week, with others who fit into our strange little demographic of Third Culture Kids. I remember my post from last year, when I said it was an opportunity for my kids to feel normal. I still feel that way! TCK's are really a unique group, and I am so proud to be raising 3 of them. But they have some unique challenges as well, and any support they can get is priceless. And support for Patrick and me, as we educate and parent them, having never gone through it ourselves. Also prayers for Patrick as we will be apart for a week.
Once again, thank you for keeping up with the Crisp family. We are staying busy here in Lokichoggio and South Sudan. I do wish you could all come and visit, but I know that isn't likely. So, lots of pictures for you! Please don't forget the prayer requests at the end.
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.