29 August 2014

Guests

Zebras Let Us Get Pretty Close This Time
It's peak tourist season here in Kenya, and we've had several visitors this month. A couple of weeks ago, Beth, who works with our mission's children's home in Tanzania, stayed with us for a bit on her way back to the States. Last week, my mom arrived to stay with us for a couple of weeks. Tonight, we're picking up two other ladies who work with the children's home in Tanzania on their way back from the West. One of the reasons we picked our current location was that it is situated near the airport where we can serve people who are on their way through. We've averaged around one visitor a month since we moved here.
Having my mom around has been a joy, and we're glad for the time she gets to spend with the grandchildren. She's attended two of our community group Bible studies, and we took her Wednesday to Nairobi Game Park. Today, Jenny and a friend of ours went to a local "soko," an open market, for produce; my mom loved the experience.

We're grateful to God for a good start to classes. The semester will be crammed with work for students and instructors alike, but we're all enjoying the personal growth and development. Thank you for your prayers!
Please continue to pray for my classes this term. Also, pray for several students who have had to take a break this term due to illness in the family and/or business travel.
Your partnership with us in the gospel is invaluable to us.


01 August 2014

Ecclesiologically Driven

As we ramp up for classes beginning in about two weeks, Jonathan and I have been talking about the school with the pastoral staff at Emmanuel Baptist, the school's home church, as well as meeting via Skype with Dan, the school's director. A recurring emphasis in our conversations has been that EABST is a church-driven ministry. To me, that entails four commitments: (1) The school is accountable to a local church. (2) Our faculty and students are individually serving in and accountable to local churches. (3) The school seeks to cultivate the priority of local church ministry among the student body. (4) And the church, not the school itself, is what we aim to perpetuate. When we say we're church-driven, that means the church is in the driver's seat.
A twin emphasis for our school is academic excellence. One of our Kenyan pastors has repeatedly warned us against lowering our academic standards based on misconceived notions about our cultural context. That's lazy thinking, and it will hurt the planting of churches in the long run. Thorough Bible knowledge, analytical reading, critical thinking, sound reasoning, and clear communication are all skills that are necessary for pastors. Those requirements compel us to take our work seriously. Please pray for us as we strive to give these present and future leaders our all for the sake of the Name.
On the family front, Josiah has been enjoying a week of football (i.e., soccer) camp on the other side of town. We're glad he has this opportunity to exercise, to work on athletic skills, and to build friendships. He's having a blast!
Thank you for partnering with us in prayer and support.