Why Africa? Why RVA?

Colossians 3:17 “And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.”

Greetings from Kenya!

It’s hard to believe we have only been in Africa three weeks. We began our time here by recovering from travel in Nairobi. Four days there allowed us the opportunity to attend our first African church service and begin to experience the sights, smells, and people in our new home.  

We are currently in Nakuru, Kenya participating in the second step of our initial training.  A refreshing mix of individuals – all called by God to serve as missionaries – are here together to learn from Africans, Africa Inland Mission leaders, and each other.  God’s faithfulness is seen in each story of how He brought us to Africa. As the training continues, it is more and more obvious how essential anchoring to His faithfulness in the past will be as we head to our various mission locations.   

Hearing details and prayer requests from AIM’s regional offices has brought God’s calling for our family to life.  Each report shares a common theme: the harvest is plenty, the workers are few. Current missionaries see success but there are also challenges.  Families trust the Rift Valley Academy teachers and staff to empower their children to grow spiritually by rooting them in the Word of God while they brave challenges to reach people who have not heard of Jesus.  God has a plan for Africa and we are humbled to play a small part in something much bigger than ourselves.

One of the highlights has been attending an African Inland Church the last two Sundays.  We were warmly welcomed and sang a song in Swahili with the help of our group leader. We loved the music and adjusted to the differences (church here is slightly longer than back home as it is a minimum three hours)!  The church we attended was so welcoming that Jared was asked to preach the message last Sunday! Praise God for giving Jared a message on courage that was well received.

So in the end, why Africa? When we first arrived, not much made sense to us.  To say things are different here is an understatement. We are learning that different is not right or wrong; it is just different.  We’re pretty new at this and it’s the first time the boys have been overseas. We miss loved ones, our home, and favorite foods. We faced some doubts and getting a 4 and 7 year old to swallow malaria pills can be a struggle (even if it’s only a for a few weeks). The thing that has given us hope is the clarity God has shown about how being dorm parents at RVA will help spread the gospel of Jesus in Africa. We personally know families who are sending their children to RVA so they can plant churches with ministry teams.  Join us in praying amazing things will happen for God’s glory as the body of Christ leaves everything they know to follow Jesus. Thank you for supporting our ministry.

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