This summer we are due to take a short furlough after 3 years in Kenya. Normally this would be a longer 6+ month furlough, but we didn’t want to take Hannah out of school. The main purpose of furlough is rest and relationships.
We have a fairly busy June and July scheduled to meet with many of our supporting churches and catch up with our supporters. Sundays are booked for churches, but mid-weeks will be slower to allow for visiting with friends and family and a few support events. We are building in down time with our families and even a vacation. Let us know if you would like to connect with us! Here are some dates to know where we’ll be:
2nd – Private Event – Harford County, MD
9th – Greenville Church of the Brethren – Greenville, OH
10-13th – East 91st Christian Church – VBS Missionaries – Indianapolis, IN
16th – East 91st Christian Church – Indianapolis, IN
16-20th – Retreat – Indianapolis, IN
23rd – East Main Street Christian Church – Greenville, OH
25th – Private Event – Fort Recovery, OH
7th – Beechwold Christian Church – Columbus, OH
14th – Boulevard Christian Church – Baltimore, MD
16th – Private Event – Harford County, MD
21st – Mountain Christian Church – Harford County, MD
25th – Private Event – Harford County, MD
27th – Fly to Kenya!
Crazy weekend that will bless our lives in Kenya for years to come!
I can’t believe that we are beginning our last week of training! If someone had told me all that I (Katie) would learn, discover, feel, this past month I wouldn’t have believed them. This place has become home, our one room has become a sanctuary and the 7 outfits that we brought have been more than enough. It is amazing how much you don’t really need and I pray that I remember this as we head home this Saturday.
This week was a big shift. From exhausting language learning drills to a different kind of exhaustion. These last two weeks are more about learning about yourself and your tendencies to a very deep level so that when we’re going through the crucible of serving in a foreign country we’re prepared for how we handle stress and others who probably act, think, and express their feelings very differently.
Week 3 was a lot about conflict and how we handle stress. MTI even created a very stressful simulation for us to see ourselves through what we had just learned. That was capped off Friday with a surprise solo Sabbath time. I (Pat) had my bucket filled by climbing a mountain 10 minutes from MTI. The trail started with a lot of icy switchbacks that don’t get hit by the sun, but once you get the plateau on top your footing is sure and you can enjoy the breathtaking view God has made. I was asking for God to speak to me and I heard that “Kenya is worth it!” That was great to hear because this time of preparation can often feel like the slippery switchbacks on the dark side of the mountain!
Please continue praying about joining our team and supporting us monthly. I know a lot of you have mentioned wanting to support us, now is the time. We are completing our last few items off our CMF check-list and then once all the support is in we will be on our way to serve in Nairobi, Kenya. This has been the most humbling experience. The Lord has called, but we need the church body to get us there. When we get back on Saturday we would love to share our story with anyone who will listen. Let us know and we would love to meet with you.
Attending LAUNCH at CMF was an encouraging time for us! We got to talk with lots of old friends on the staff and even meet some recruits like us that will be joining us in Kenya.
We have lots of information to process as we start support raising. We’re starting right away and presenting our ministry to a church in Fort Recovery, Ohio this Sunday while with family on vacation!
Tomorrow is the first day of LAUNCH at CMF!!!
We’ve been working towards this day for months. Please keep us in your prayers Mon-Wed as we go to classes and meetings all day. This is where we find out our budget, learn the nuts and bolts of support raising, and are oriented to how CMF does things.
Hey Indianapolis friends! We’re excited to be coming to town next Sunday (June 7th) to worship with our friends at East 91st Street Christian Church before our missionary training at CMF International that week. Hope to catch up with you then!
CMF is VERY thorough during the application process, including a complete medical work up. Both Katie and I had one test each come back “elevated”. This could block us from the June training and set us back months or be nothing. A medical consultant from CMF will determine that soon.
Please pray that there is nothing wrong and we can move forward. If there is something wrong, part of our testimony will be that these tests caught it early. Either way it’s in God’s hands.
June 8-10th we’ll be traveling to Indy for CMF’s orientation & support raising training, called LAUNCH. We should learn lots of details then! Can you commit to praying for our preparation & @CMFmissions’s preparations of our budget?