Mt. Longonot

Allison is away, so we went on a hike. These hikes can take my kids through many emotions ranging from joy on seeing a giraffe looking at us over the trees while zebras and gazelles graze in the open, to extreme anger on why Dad took us on this stupid hike. We did Mt. Longonot, and it was a joy. Five hours up and down with great views, wildlife, a huge crater, and the development of character. Here are some pictures on which you can click for some narration.

First Day

Thank you to God that school is starting and that our kids can continue in their education at Rift Valley Academy. They have moved around a lot, and they have been blessed to go to some great schools such as Scofield Christian School and Dallas Lutheran School in Dallas, Texas as well as Colegio Diospi Suyana in Curahuasi, Peru. We are hoping and praying for more great opportunities for learning here in Kijabe, Kenya. Also Allison starts here first day teaching 9th grade English!

Pre-school Orientation

img_0691Please pray for the students and families of Rift Valley Academy this weekend. Today was the new student and parent orientation and tomorrow is called “Arrival Day,” which means that the dorms will be filling up with our boarding students for the next school year. It also means lots of goodbyes, as parents drop off their kids and go back to the countries where they serve.

We are part of the new family group, so we’ve been at orientation also, getting tours of the school and learning about all the activities and programs the kids can be involved in. However, we got to walk down the gravel trail to our home with all four kids. Blessedly, at this time, all four kids have said that they are happy that they still live with us—ha!

I stood in my classroom for an hour this afternoon while new parents and students walked through their high school schedule. Ninth grade is a time when many families decide to make a change from homeschooling or local schooling to American schooling. RVA is their best option, even if means boarding their kids. I met so many wonderful parents who fell into three categories—totally chilled because this child is the second, third, or fourth in their family to start at RVA or happy for their kid and relieved not to be homeschooling anymore or nervous but making a peaceful truce with the situation. It was inspirational to hear about where they work and what they do. These people are spreading God’s love in some tough places. Please pray that I can be an excellent teacher to honor the trust they are placing in us. I can tell I’m really going to enjoy spending time with these kids.

Beauty and the Beast

I had some high school flashbacks as I watched my son David perform a bit in his school’s production of the musical. My best memories of high school are being with my friends during our productions. I never had a big part, but I got to participate and feel a member of a group that was having fun and creating something of quality. That has value for a teenager’s education, and I am thankful for those experiences. I am grateful for this semester that our kid’s are getting in American schools so they can experience some of the same.

Beauty and the Beast

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David as Chip the teacup.

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And Again I Say Rejoice

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How much happier we’ll be if we rejoice for what God is doing here and now, every day and every hour of our lives.

Alcorn, Randy (2015-09-17). Happiness (p. 50). Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.. Kindle Edition.

Merry Christmas!

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Feliz Nochebuena from our family to yours!

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Doubt and Perseverence

From my son David as we were talking about someone who has probably lost faith in God.

“I pray and read my Bible a lot, and I still have doubts sometimes. If I did not do that I would probably have a whole lot of doubts.”

That statement could have a sermon built around it.

Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross,scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart. – Hebrews 12:1-3

It has always been a temptation to forsake faith in God. It is a conscience decision to persevere in faith. I want to run the race to gain the prize that is to come, and I want to train myself through the disciplines of Bible study and prayer as David said, and I want to learn to ignore the things that distract me.