Annie’s birthday was yesterday! What a great girl. Outgoing, friendly, willing to try new things, a great big sister. We are thankful for all 12 years she has been with us! Happy Birthday Annie! Adventure is out there!

Mashujaa Day

Yesterday was Mashujaa Day (Heroes’ Day in Swahili) in Kenya. It is the day when the country celebrates all the men and women who have contributed to the independence of Kenya. It is a big national holiday, and Rift Valley Academy celebrates the day by celebrating Kenya and also by acknowledging all the cultures that are represented in the school. There are 37 countries represented at RVA. I thought initially that could not be possible unless they were counting kids whose parents were serving as missionaries in different countries. But in fact, to be included as a representative of a country, you had to have a passport from that country. That means there are 37 passport represented countries at RVA. That is pretty cool for our humble Kenyan school! The day was spent with the kids playing games, dressing in the traditional clothing or the patriotic clothing of their countries, eating big meals at the cafeteria, while ending the evening with caramel apples and hot chocolate . . . in the rain. Rainy season is in full swing! It was a great Friday, and it was a fun time to celebrate all the cultures coming together in peace united in Christ. (Click on the pictures below to view the slide show with some short descriptions.)

Romans 12:6-8

“In his grace, God has given us different gifts for doing certain things well. So if God has given you the ability to prophesy, speak out with as much faith as God has given you. If your gift is serving others, serve them well. If you are a teacher, teach well. If your gift is to encourage others, be encouraging. If it is giving, give generously. If God has given you leadership ability, take the responsibility seriously. And if you have a gift for showing kindness to others, do it gladly.”

Teddy Roosevelt was Here


One of my favorite presidents helped lay the cornerstone of RVA! (This is not my picture; I pulled it off the internet.)

Proverbs 10:18

Hiding hatred makes you a liar;
    slandering others makes you a fool. – Proverbs 10:18

I was wondering about this verse. Does this mean that you should tell someone when you hate them? Is it worse to be a liar than to hate someone in secret? And then I understood . . . the point is that you should not hate at all so that there is nothing to hide.