Happy Thoughts

Things I’m thankful for this morning:

Trash bags– I found some biodegradable rubbish bin liners (as they call them here) and I’m happy to put them to use!

King Arthur Flour website recipes– try the cinnamon scones

David comes back to Kenya tomorrow!

Lovely memories of the birds, the acacia trees, the sunset on the lake, from a family weekend on Lake Naivasha

The many types of birds who live here that lift our spirits with their carefree flying and jubilant songs

The kindly painter who told me that I made good chai (I nearly doubled the sugar yesterday!)

The friendly joking and laughing of the construction guys working at our house

Bright fires on chilly nights

Will is content with his job and has been commended lately for his teaching

The Lord’s reminder of all the wonderful people (specifically from ACU) who encouraged us to do missions

Sibling pairs who are friends with our girls

New kids coming to school next year and all the possibilities therein

Peter’s enthusiasm for the guitar

Coco soundtrack, especially the Spanish version

Two families who visited this summer– we appreciate you!

Cry, the Beloved Country

The repetition of the phrase “I, the LORD, have spoken!”

Carol truly grandmothering our kids

Each time one of the kids says “Thank you”

Talking to Katherine on the phone

Annie’s braces

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Black and White Casqued Hornbill

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The Shirk girls are over

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Will at work delivering babies

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Annie’s braces

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David on his way to the States nearly a month ago

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Katherine the Great

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The Reids visit us and Hell’s Gate

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New construction at Flamingo House

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Sunset on Lake Naivasha

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Glamping with the girls

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Acacia trees on Lake Naivasha

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The Shewmakers visit and we ascend Mt. Longonot

 

 

 

 

Caires in Africa

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.

After much prayer and consideration, we believe that God is redirecting us from Peru to serve in Kenya at Kijabe Mission Hospital and Rift Valley Academy.

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