Now that we know God is asking us to move to Kenya, how do we make that happen?
Well, we’re learning as we go. Our wonderful mentors, Bob and Julie, the founders of Naomi’s Village, are walking us through this process, but there is nothing like figuring it out for yourself. We’ve never moved half-way across the world. What do we take? How do we raise support? What do you mean I can’t just go without a visa? International bank accounts? Sometimes my head hurts just thinking about all that we need to do. I mean, the farthest I’ve ever moved is 4 1/2 hours away to go to college. I haven’t even lived outside the mighty state of Texas, so this change will be drastic.
The list of to-dos is long, and a few of you have asked what happens next…
Are you selling your house?
Yes, and almost everything in it. We don’t know when we’ll move back, so it doesn’t make sense to keep it. We’ll take quite a bit over there, more than you would think. Things like bedding, towels, toys, pictures, some kitchen items, the boys’ bikes, all our clothes, and as many decorations as I can. We will buy everything else over there, like furniture, curtains, dishes, lamps, rugs, items like that.
What about your car?
That has to be sold as well. We’ll need to purchase a vehicle over there, one that can handle the enormous amount of wear and tear that will occur as a result of driving on Kenyan roads. Let me tell you, they are rough! Think 4-wheeler road in Colorado, and it’s worse than that.
And your dog?
Anyone want to love on our dog? We can’t take her because the journey would be way too traumatic. Let me know if you’re interested or know someone who is. Really. We want her to go to a loving home. However, we will get another dog over there for protection, so that will help with loosing Bella.
When are you moving?
Early January 2015 is the target date. There are many circumstances that have guided us to that time frame. We didn’t want to leave before the holidays, so we’ll stay through that season. Our calling is time sensitive because of the construction of the school, so we do need to move over there quickly.
Are you going with a specific missions organization?
No. We’re going through Naomi’s Village, and we are in the process of building a support team and a network of churches to get behind us and the work God has called us to.
So, does that mean you will be living off of support?
Yes. Yes, it does.
Will you receive any training before you go?
Yes, we will go to Mission Training International (MTI) in October-November. This is a 4 week training and equipping boot camp that focuses on the major issues missionaries deal with when they move to a new culture. We are super excited to get to MTI because we know we have a lot of blind spots to address. We expect it to be a great time of bonding and preparation for our family.
Where will you live in Kenya?
We will live in Kijabe, a mission station 20-30 minutes from Naomi’s Village. Maai Mahiu, the town Naomi’s Village is technically in, is on the floor of the Great Rift Valley. Kijabe is up the side of the mountain coming off the valley floor. It’s a mission station, which basically means it’s a place where a lot of missionaries live. There is an incredible school in Kijabe, Rift Valley Academy, where the boys will go when they are old enough. It’s a boarding school for missionary kids from all over Africa, but our boys will live at home. There are also 2 hospitals in Kijabe. Other than that, there’s not much.
How can we help?
We really appreciate whenever anyone asks this, and we want to humble ourselves and be honest. First, we desperately need prayer. God has taken us to a place where we genuinely mean it when we say we covet people’s prayers. It is so very vital to us and our daily lives. Next, we need you to share our story with others. It is not to further our name, but to bring attention to what God is doing in Kenya. His work is big and powerful and deserves to be shared. Finally, we need money. No one likes to bring this up, but it is a real need. We’ll no longer have a steady income from a paying career, so we’ll be relying on others to fund us. No guilt, just truth. Please let us know if this is on your heart so that we can set up a time to get together and chat.
Well, I tried to make that as concise as possible. There is so much swirling around in my head that it’s sometimes difficult to boil it all down. I know that we’re not in Kenya yet, so things may not seem that exciting, but God is working in this process. I hope this helps answer some of your questions. Feel free to comment on other questions you may have and I will do my best to address them!
The steadfast love of the LORD never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. Lamentations 3:22-23