21 November 2016

On the Way Home

Our stop here in the Toronto airport is giving me a chance to enter a quick update en route to Kenya.

After presenting the work at First Baptist Church, Lake Orion. I proceeded to the ETS conference in San Antonio. In past years while on deputation, I have treasured this opportunity to reconnect with friends and professors from seminary. It is also a great chance to hear some good papers in the areas I’m planning to teach in the near future. I certainly have lots to mull over after last week.
We were grateful to enjoy time with our family over the weekend. My mom accompanied Jen and the boys as they came up from El Paso. Jen’s parents came over from Syracuse to meet us in Detroit. We enjoyed a turkey dinner, sort of a pre-Thanksgiving Thanksgiving. It’s never fun to say goodbye, but we’re grateful for how supportive our family has been and for the privilege of following Jesus on these paths.
We got off this morning without any major issues. Tim Aynes was a huge help to us as we scrambled with last-minute stuffing. Our documents all appear to be in order for now, so thank you for praying about that. Please keep our travels and reintegration into life and ministry in your prayers. Thank you!

11 November 2016

Back East

This last Wednesday we were hopping on the Interstate after a night in a hotel near Phoenix, AZ. I checked our direction before getting on the highway: "I-10 West, good, off we go." Wait, no, after working our way west as far as Malibu, CA, our journey now points east on our way back to our home in Nairobi. We're so eager to return!
We spent the last two weeks with Crossway Baptist as I mentioned before, but the Lord also provided opportunities to meet with others as well. We took a day trip to visit friends in the Bay area, erstwhile members of Emmanuel Baptist in Nairobi. While there, I also had the opportunity to meet with three pastors and discuss our mission to Kenya.
Last Sunday evening, I had the privilege of presenting our ministry to Life Point Baptist Church in Apple Valley, CA. If memory serves me correctly, we visited this church originally in 2009. The pastor, Kit Johnson, is a friend from my college days, so it was great to have a chance to catch up with him and his family as well as to reintroduce myself to the church.
This Sunday I'll be presenting the our ministry to First Baptist Church of Lake Orion. This church has been a dear friend of the work in Kenya, and they partner closely with the Huffstutlers and the Moores, so we're very glad to be able to connect with the believers there and update them on ministry progress.
The whole family will be traveling by air within the States this coming week, so please keep us in your prayers. Also we've made a good deal of progress on getting all of our necessary documents together, but there's still work to do there as well. Thank you for your faithfulness in prayer.