Thank you for joining with us in the call to impact the orphans of Kenya

Monday, March 19, 2012

   We praise God for continuing to guide and direct us through the many transitions that we are in the middle of right now. We are preparing to move out of our home on April the 28th to vacate it for its new tenants. We are not sure today who that will be, we currently have two families that are very interested and are working on their financing. Our friend Jeff, who God brought to us continues to work on the details, please pray for him and the families as they strive to complete the deal. This has been an amazing story that only God could have orchestrated!

   For those who do not know our older children who are out of the house we wanted to take the opportunity to introduce them. The first one is Nathan. Nathan will be 24 years old in June and has just recently moved back to the Mishawaka area. He works for Gaylor Electric. He has been able to do several mission trips himself and has accompanied me on two trips down to Juarez Mexico. He has a very tender heart and it will be difficult to say goodbye for such a long time.

   Secondly, I would like to introduce Andrea, who will be 23 years old in May and is now Andrea Mathis. Andrea has been married to her husband Mike for 3 1/2 years. They live in Mishawaka and are active in their churches youth group. We love them very much and will miss them also when we leave. We are very hopeful that they will all get to come over and visit us while we are on field.

   We have received some pictures of our new home being built on the Baby Centre compound. It is exciting to see the pictures and know that it has actually started. Please pray for Mwangi our construction foreman and the workers that they would be safe through the building process.

     We would also like to take this opportunity to thank our partners at Albright United Methodist Church.  They collected items for the Baby Centre through the month of February.  Each Sunday was designated to bring a different item in need at the Centre.  They did an absolutely amazing job!  Below is a picture of the items they collected!!  Among them are 185 pairs of socks, 43 bottles of Baby Wash, 67 pacifiers, 41 diapers, 43 washcloths, 31 baby spoons, along with many outfits for babies and toddlers, and many other items as well.  A big THANK YOU Albright for your sacrificial giving!!

Praise God for so many of you being willing to get involved and becoming partners with us in impacting the orphans of Kenya reaching out with the gospel and the compassion of Jesus.

D & D

Monday, March 12, 2012

Things are moving!

     It has been a great week with many things going on. We have had quite a bit of activity on the house and had a showing last night. It went very well and we are currently working on a deal. Praise God for bringing us together with these people. This has been a wonderful experience to share with many what God is doing in our lives and to hear other people's stories. Please pray for God's guidance in working out all of the details and that the deal would be a blessing to all parties! We continue to pack and move items into storage in anticipation of the sale!
    Our schooling is progressing very well and we enjoy it very much. We are now past the half-way point with our Perspectives class and are ready to complete our first IWU class this week.
    We have been asked to speak at several venues over the next two months. On April 15th we will be in Iowa at the Taintor Community Church in the morning and then at the Omega Church in Oskaloosa that evening. We will then speak at the Men With Vision Iowa State dinner on the 16th. In May we will be in Middlebury speaking at the Indiana/Michigan dinner for MWV. We are looking forward to all of the opportunities to share our passion for the work in Kenya.
     We were able to check out the new water truck that is going over to Kenya in the next several weeks to be added to the water business there in Salgaa. Here is a photo of the truck, it is beautiful! Just think of the life giving water it will provide and the life giving love of Jesus that comes with every drop. Thank you to the many individuals who have made the water business possible.

   Another ministry opportunity that I have doing extensive research on is Tilapia farming. Tilapia are fish that are indigenous to Kenya and are delicious and a very good source of protein. They are manageable even on a small scale and are hardy and resistant to disease. I look forward to moving ahead with this project as not only a source of food for the babies at the centre but also as a small business funding stream for the operational costs of the centre as well.
    We are very excited to see God moving in such a mighty way in so many peoples lives. We are so thankful for our ministry partners and look forward to welcoming new ones in the coming weeks. Please pray for strength and wisdom for Dana and I as we continue to prepare for leaving. Dana is actually sick this evening so a special prayer for her tonight to get well soon.
    We praise God for His leading and the doors He has opened for us. To Him be all the honor and the glory!

D & D

Saturday, March 3, 2012

Staying busy!

      Well it has been two weeks since our last post and we have many things going on. We have been so blessed these last two weeks with new connections and many things moving forward.
      We continue to move forward with selling the house. We have met with our partner in selling our home again this past week, and we continue to make progress. We are currently working on a deal, please pray for God's guidance and blessing upon the sale. We are very excited and feel God's leading. The entire story is a great one, we are looking forward to sharing it soon.
      We continue to work on our Perspectives class and we are now half-way completed. It continues to excite and intrigue us about our mission. We are also currently taking our New Testament Survey, and Old Testament Survey Bible classes with IWU. It is a lot to do but has been very rewarding. Continue to please pray for each of us to have teachable hearts.
     The Kenyan construction team continues to work on our home. We should have some pictures to post in the next day or so. We look forward to moving in, in August!
     We also continue to build our financial team, and we are very happy to be at 54% right now! We have a goal to be at 65% by the end of March. God continues to open doors of opportunity for us to share and we are grateful for it. Please continue to pray for more opportunities to speak and share. We do have a wonderful opportunity coming up in April to have three speaking engagements in Iowa. We will share more on these as we get closer.
     The common thread through our journey this far, is seeing the power of prayer. God has answered so many prayers and has been so faithful to us. We continue to ask for you to pray for us for wisdom, strength, endurance, sensitive hearts, guidance, and courage. We are very excited to see what God has in store for us as we move closer to leaving, there are many plans in the works for our ministry and we will start unfolding some of those plans over the next several weeks.
    Thank you for being a member of our team!!

D & D