Thank you again for checking on us. Just wanted to put a few items out there for prayer.
First of all, there is alot to be thankful for:
- We enjoyed a wonderful time with Mom and Bob, and they also were able to engage in the local community, building relationships and getting involved even during their time here.
- We had our first road trip, to the town of Lodwar, 4 hours away, and then another 2 hours from there to Lake Turkana. Other than stomach flu, everything went well. Thank you again to those who helped with the purchase of our vehicle. It is really important to be prepared when there's no AAA.
- We have 5 weeks of school before homeschool week, when we go down to Rift Valley Academy to do testing. This was our first time to do school in one place, although we did move houses half way through. I'm not sure how we're doing, but they're literate, can (usually) do basic math, and most importantly, seem to like school. Praying for patience for me, focus for the kids, and a strong finish.
- We recently said goodbye to dear team members the Hurds. We have been inadvertently following in their footsteps since LeTourneau University. (Longview, TX - Wichita, KS - Worthington, MN - Nairobi - Lokichoggio.) They are now working at the main hangar in Nairobi. But the praise is we are not alone, there are still two families working here in Loki.
Thank you for praying for the following things:
- We have begun to be more specific and strategic in how we help our community. We want to do it well, to do it properly, to do it in a way that infuses dignity, promotes community assets and resources, encourages independence, and has a definite goal in mind. This is more challenging than I ever imagined. We need so much wisdom. It is so challenging to know how to help, who to help, how much to help. And it is so hard to stop helping when it becomes clear that you are only enabling. God's heart is for the hurting, the hungry, the suffering, we know it is not His will that so many remain in that place. Please pray for wisdom!
- Today we had our first planning meeting for a workshop we are hosting in August, called Transformational Development, which I'll be talking about so much you'll get sick of it! This is almost the anti-development philosophy, and can, as such, be challenging to introduce to people. The populations living in such a destitute area are used to being given things, in one form or another. We won't be giving anything out, or paying anyone to come. Its a long, slow road, not a few weeks of exciting, dramatic starts that end up fizzling. Please pray that even now, 4 months from our workshop, that God will start to lead people to come.
- Kenya does fairly well with its educational system, I think, as compared to many neighboring countries. But that doesn't necessarily hold true up here in our county. Many, many children struggle getting enough money for school fees. Even though primary school is free, there is still money needed for uniforms, books, and tests. Secondary school is just outside the realm of possibility for many young people. We are trying to address that in just a very small way, for a small group of girls. They make beaded bracelets that we will be helping them to sell, and will put that money towards their school fees. We have done this informally the past few school terms, but will have our first official gathering on Saturday. The girls have 3 weeks of school break, and they can make many bracelets during that time. Please pray that they are motivated to continue in school, even when they have to work hard for it; pray I can find a market for their bracelets; pray that our relationships with these young women will grow deeper.