Working on memorizing the first amendment of the Constitution. There are lots of unusual words for a 12 year old.
The following excerpts are taken from You Are What You Love – The Spiritual Power of Habit by James K. A. Smith.
Our actions and behavior – indeed, a whole way of life – are pulled out of us by this attraction to some vision of the good life.
If our loves can be disordered by secular liturgies, it’s also true that our loves need to be reordered (recalibrated) by counter liturgies – embodied, communal practices that are “loaded” with the gospel and indexed to God and his kingdom.
Here is a short video about where Will is going to serve.
Here is a video about where Allison will be teaching and where the kids will be attending classes.
Greetings in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ,
With great sincerity and thanks we hope that this email finds you doing well in every way, and if not, that you are finding peace in the love of God our great comforter. We are writing to provide an update on our ministry.
Why are we moving to Africa?
Medical education – Will is going to continue to be involved in patient care at Kijabe Mission Hospital, hoping and trying to serve the least of these in the name of Jesus Christ. However, he will have a new emphasis in medical education as he works to both train and disciple the next generation of Africa’s doctors. We believe this to be an effective way to have a sustainable impact on the work of God through medicine in Africa.
Missionary children education – Rift Valley Academy is a boarding school for missionary kids located in Kijabe. Allison plans to serve in this school, beginning this August, by teaching 9th grade English (yes, David will be one of her students). We are motivated to see that missionary kids receive as good an education as possible and that these kids feel cared for while they are so far from their parents.
Missionary care – We will be Regional Team Leaders for the Christian Health Service Corps in Africa. We know from experience the power of a personal visit to your mission home, and we envision that this role will involve some travel throughout the African continent to interact with the missionaries that CHSC has on the field. We want them to know that they are known and appreciated.
What are our next steps?
Lord willing, we will finish the school year in Dallas and move to Africa in July. We need to raise a little more support, both for one time moving expenses as well as for monthly living costs. If you know of people who might be interested in supporting us, could you share our story with them? We would be glad to visit. If you have stopped supporting us, would you consider supporting us again as we try to do the work of God in Africa? We plan to hold a couple of come and go afternoon coffees so that we can meet with many of you. Look for an announcement via email and Facebook. Thank you for making it possible for us to dream and plan to go again.
Please pray for overwhelming peace, for God’s help in packing and transitioning, for wisdom and family unity.
Kijabe Hospital and Rift Valley Academy were both established over 100 years ago by Africa Inland Mission. For more information you can go to Rift Valley Academy at www.rva.org and Kijabe Hospital at www.kijabehospital.org.
Your friends in Christ,
Will and Allison
We are not at the hospital any longer, but it is still fun to see what is going on. We have new plans to explain in the several days. A new continent and a new work is on the horizon.
From the book Happiness by Randy Alcorn in the chapter titled We Find Lasting Happiness in God: A Closer Look at the Hebrew Word Asher. It is not as dry as it sounds!
Those who worship the Lord and obey his commands are happy.
People who live by God’s wisdom are happy.
People who turn to God and partake of him are happy.
God’s redeemed are happy people.
Those pardoned by God are happy.
God promises happiness for righteous acts and attitudes.
Those who are kind to the needy find happiness.
Happy people follow the spiritual guidance of their godly parents.
Those who know the one true God are a happy people.