December 2006

Kenya Update 7

Before we left Kapsowar, some of the staff of the hospital threw a farewell feast for us. Once again it is just humbling to see the generosity and gratitude in the hearts of the people at the hospital. Instead of blessing them, they continually blessed us. It was a hard saying our goodbyes to everyone. Even though we were in Kapsowar for only a week, the friendships that were built and the memories were very...

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Kenya Update 6

  It was a good feeling to be able to walk to church today. The AIC Kapsowar Church was right next to the hospital. The service lasted for 3 hours! But the time went so quickly. It was a special Sunday because they divided up the church according to various life stages – youth, single adults, young married couples, middle aged couples, widows, single mothers, etc. Pastor Ben preached to the young married couples, while...

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Kenya Update 5

It was a little bit weird celebrating Christmas in 70 degree weather without any snow on the ground (I guess this is what Californians go through every Christmas). We participated in a Christmas party for the staff at the hospital. It was a great time of fellowshipping and playing games with the people on the base. Then, we ended up presenting a Christmas song and shared briefly from God’s Word. Now, we are trying to...

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Kenya Update 4

We spent the last two days in the valley (more rural than Kapsowar). On Wednesday, we took off for the valley in the late morning and spent a day and half ministering to the Pokot people. Before we left, we were warned of some of the dangers in the area. Five years ago, the Pokot people were involved in raiding the cattle of the Marakwet people. Various villages were ransacked and people were massacred. Dr....

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Kenya Update 3

There is a saying that people use quite often – “It is like riding a bike.” It means that once you have learned how to ride a bike you will always know how to ride one, even though you have not been on one for a long time. This principle applies for a lot of things. I told the team before we left for Kenya that we have to remember the triple A’s when it...

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Kenya Update 2

It was a beautiful morning. I realized that in the States we miss out on the beauty of God’s creation because we are just too busy to stop and notice. After our morning devotions and breakfast, we got a tour of the hospital. It is just amazing to see how much they can do with so little. As we visited the various wards, we had opportunities to meet various staff workers, as well as some...

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Kenya Update 1

We arrived in Nairobi safely in the evening after a long day of travel. We had a hard time trying to get all of our luggage from the baggage claim. In fact, there was one bag that did not come on the plane. We ended filing a lost luggage claim. We stay the night at a guest house in Nairobi and then the next morning we made the long trek to Kapsowar. From my recollection,...

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Africa Team at the Airport

Wow! Transporting 9 people and checking in 18 bags (this is minus the carry-on’s) was quite the experience. We are now just waiting for our flight to Nairobi via Amsterdam. It was truly God’s grace that allowed us to get so much medicine at a low cost. I think 75% of the bags were filled with medicines that Dr. Steve will be able to use. As we are waiting for the plane there are a...

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Saying Bye to the Kids

This morning, Christina and I said bye to the kids as they headed out to school. After dropping the boys off, I think the reality of being separated from them really hit me hard. Can I trust God to take care of the kids while Christina and I are gone for 12 days? Do I believe that God is Sovereign in all that He does? Am I prepared for anything that might happen (good or...

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Boys in the Kitchen?

Now that my parents are here there are a lot of “stuff” that might be potential landmines. One thing that my mom had strong views about was the fact that my brother and I should not be in the kitchen. I know what some of you are thinking… “man, is that sexism and male chauvinism or WHAT?!” Trust me… I do not espouse that view (at least not anymore… ha!). Christina has broken me down...

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To Stay or To Go

I don’t know if you have heard of the recent news about James Kim, a senior editor of CNET. I really enjoyed some of his reviews on various gadgets, therefore it was a bit sad to hear that he passed away. It really made me think about the dilemma he was in. What would I do? His car was stranded with his wife and 2 daughters, one was 4 years old and the other was...

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Finished Packing

I just came back from our last Africa Missions team meeting. We spent some time in prayer and then finished off on our packing. Time has gone by so quickly in the last 2 months. It is hard to believe that we will be taking off for Kenya in about 2 days. Whenever I pack for a trip, it brings a unique feeling that is hard to describe… it brings a sense excitement for the...

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Picked Up the Grandparents

Today, I flew out to Chicago (one way) and then picked up my car (I left it here from the Friday fiasco) and I went to pick up my parents to go to Ann Arbor with me. They have graciously volunteered to help watch our kids while we will be going to Kenya, Africa. It was a great ride back to Ann Arbor – we talked the WHOLE time! Can you believe it? I was...

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A Book that Expresses the Heart

One of my favorite things to do is to read – believe it or not! My perfect vacation would be staying at a hotel on a beach somewhere and then I have the freedom to watch ESPN and to read a good book with the ocean air blowing on my face. I try to read at least a 2-3 books a month (if not more) just so that I can keep my mind sharp and...

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