The first few pictures are just everyday life in Nairobi, I just threw them in there. (Remember to click on the pictures for captions if they don't automatically appear.)
- Maintenance orientation is complete! Now for the next step: studying for that big test. (Are you guys tired of hearing us talk about this kind of thing?? Not long now!) Patrick has a month to prepare. Please pray he can focus well, and absorb everything he needs to remember. (It is only on paper, nothing hands on.)
- We are making progress with residence permits. My paperwork has gone through, but Patrick's hasn't. They don't want to release my card to me yet, but to wait until Patrick is cleared as well. But now that our crate is about to reach port in Mombasa (whoot whoot!) we really need a residence card to get it through customs. Please keep this in your prayers as well.
- Sunday, the kids and I leave for homeschool week. This is a chance for teachers to evaluate the progress of our kids, suggest help if needed. They also administer standardized testing. Parents can attend sessions, just like any other homeschool conference. There is no program for the little guys, so Charlie and Caroline will be with me, and I'll participate in what I can. Hannah will be able to join the other kids in her class in a wide variety of activities. The week ends with a fun field day, and an assembly, when all the kids share a short presentation. Hannah is very nervous, but it is strongly encouraged to participate, as most of these kids have little to no opportunity to do this kind of thing in their day to day (abnormal) lives. We've put together a book report on her favourite American Girl, so wish her luck!
- As always, thank you for your prayers and support. I'm sure you've heard about Garissa. We are not so concerned for our own safety, as Westerners aren't targeted any more than anyone else. Actually, the vast majority, other than the mall a few years ago, has been directed to Kenyans. But Christian Kenyans. So they are our brothers and sisters, and yours too. It is important to remember that we were once all enemies of God. No matter when you came to Christ, you were once a enemy of God, just a much as anyone else. We all desperately need Jesus, and He wants all to be come to the knowledge of repentance. Even those who seem very much our enemies. His love is bigger, His sacrifice was enough. It doesn't make sense to us, but that's why He is God and we are puny little humans.