We made it back to the US a little more than a month ago and have thoroughly enjoyed getting to see family and many friends. After a few short weeks in Texas, we are currently staying in Nashville for about 3 months. Erik is working a couple of months at Vanderbilt while Amanda home-schools the kids. The kids are missing Kijabe but are happy to be able to spend time with grandparents and even eat at McDonald’s.
The support from so many that we’ve received over these last two and a half years, both in prayer and financially, has been humbling and much appreciated. It is being one small part of His multi-faceted Body that has allowed us to see God work in the lives of children and families through the mundane but also the miraculous. We have been used of God to reach out to hurting people of different cultures and different faiths and to show them the love of Christ.
We are transitioning from support through World Medical Mission to SIM as we are now “active” SIM appointees. This has various implications, but perhaps the most notable one is the need for our financial support base to have almost doubled by the time we hope to return to Kijabe in August. (WMM provided a stipend for Erik, as the physician, for the duration of the two-year program Post Residency Program, and God provided the additional requisite funds through so many gracious and faithful supporters). We continue to trust God for His provision and are “prayerfully confident” that He will provide all that we need to continue in His work in East Africa. What that looks like for us is monthly commitments from churches and supporters that will cover the on-going expenses of life in Kenya.
We’ll be in various parts of the country during our time back in the US and would be happy to catch up with folks either in person or by phone. If there is a church, small group, or even a business group that would like to hear more about what God is doing in East Africa, please email us as we’d welcome the opportunity to meet with them and share about the work. Additionally, if anyone wants to partner with us in this, especially on a monthly basis, but hasn’t yet signed up to do so, he/she can click here or on the “Thank you for your support!” link on the right-hand banner of this blog. If you would drop us a line of your intent using the "Email Me' link, that would be helpful as well.