- Patrick started flying, and has already been able to take many people and supplies where they need to go. In so doing, we've been able to connect with our people in South Sudan, learn about the work they are doing there and how we can pray for them, and meet alot of national partners as well. I will get him to share more on his experiences another time.
- The kids are doing well. We started school this week, and our first week has been a relative success. Charlie is in first grade, and Hannah third. We spend alot of time outside, so Caroline can busy herself climbing trees and collecting bugs. Its a win-win. They feel very comfortable on the compound, but not so much in other environments. It is indeed a bit challenging, enough for adults, more so for children. We are praying for relationships with locals with whom they can feel comfortable. There have been many white people here, as it has been the center of all relief and development work in this region, but hardly any children. So the locals are not so used to our children, and they feel quite put on the spot.
- There are many things we really like about living here. It is definitely peaceful, a completely different lifestyle than Nairobi. I like being able to see the mountains, the time we get to spend together as a family, and the safety I feel with letting the kids run around. There is a small pool on the property, that the kids enjoy nearly every day. We are closer and more connected to the work that the church planters and disciples are doing. There are, however, alot of challenges as well. The heat is quite insufferable, and that really drains your energy. It is remote. And life requires quite a bit more work. However, we have running water and electricity and a very comfortable house. And now, half way decent (although expensive) internet!
Calling all explorers! We dare you to challenge yourself against some of the most exciting wilderness in Africa. Step forward only if you're able to withstand appalling roads, searing heat, clouds of dust torn up by relentless winds, primitive food and accommodation, vast distances, and more than a hint of danger. . . In our 21st-century world of wireless internet and dumbed-down TV, northern Kenya is an opportunity to leave behind all that is familiar and to fall completely off the radar." -- excerpt from Lonely Planet Kenya, introduction to the northern Kenya chapter. And I just have to say. I agree with their assessment.
(FYI, I stole my catchy title from my teammate Breanna.) We have been in Loki exactly 5 weeks, and it has been interesting. I am so grateful 1. we were able to come visit 2. we have teammate/neighbours who have been here many years and are an incredibly valuable resource for so many things 3. we had a fully equipped furnished house to live in while we, and our organization, figure out and get something ready for us to live in permanently. We are working out some politics, and then we can start some building projects. A huge thank you to those who have contributed to our building fund! It would be impossible to try to capture the emotions and challenges of the last few weeks. But take a minute to scroll through the slideshow and read our prayer requests, and you'll be (somewhat) caught up!
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.