We wanted to take a moment to fill you in on what our last week has looked like. Where we have been and what is happening here at the Baby Centre.
First off while we were away we had another addition to our Baby Centre family. Little Moses is about 1 year old. He arrived on Tuesday and is adjusting well to his new surroundings.
We began Monday by traveling to a place called Turi. It is a boarding school (which is out of session right now) where WGM has it's December Field Meeting for all the missionaries stationed in Kenya. It's a lovely place. It was nice to connect with some of the other missionaries that are here that we don't see very often because of distance.
Our actual meeting was on Tuesday, lasting the entire day. Then Wednesday we had a Christmas program with the missionary kids and parents, and Santa and Mrs. Clause even made an appearance. It was very nice and need I say we have some very talented missionaries and MK's on our field!!
We left from Turi on Wednesday and headed to Tenwek Hospital in Bomet where the 2012 Annual AGC Pastor's Conference was being held. Dan was speaking on Wednesday evening about the Baby Centre. We arrived just in time to finalize our presentation and have a quick supper.
There are over 1,700 AGC churches in Kenya, and there was probably about 1,000 representatives at the Conference. It was a spectacular turnout.
Dan had a slideshow and presented what the Baby Centre is all about, and where it is going. Cate Habib, as Outreach Ministries Coordinator, also spoke on a portion of the slideshow sharing all the different ways that the AGC churches can get involved and take ownership the Baby Centre. Both Dan and Cate did a wonderful job conveying all the information to the many attendees. (And they did it all with no practice or run-through of the presentation because of lack of time.) I've included a few pictures from the Conference.
We headed back to the Baby Centre on Thursday morning. Our travels took us right the the Mau Forest. What a beautiful place! The road we travelled on through the Forest had us wondering at times if we were really supposed to be on the road, and if, in fact, it was really a road at all. It was very deserted with us only seeing enough vehicles/people that we could count on one hand. But such beautiful country! We didn't see any wildlife except for a monkey we saw scurrying across the road in front of us. We have been told that their are in fact elephants that still live in that Forest.
We also wanted to say that Thursday was a very difficult day because it was Talia's birthday and it was the first birthday we were unable to spend with her. Just a reminder to you to please continue to pray for us. Being away from your children is very difficult.
Dana has been working on many promotional projects at the Baby Centre. One of which is the 2013 calendar. It has been almost 3 months worth of taking all the photos and discussing the details with the printer. The calendar is finished and printed and we will be selling them as a fundraiser for the Baby Centre. Some of the calendars will be coming back to the states in January so be sure to look for them. Some of the other items are Helping Hands Booklets and Response Forms that we can hand out at Conferences and churches to get the AGC congregations more engaged with the Baby Centre and give them a better understanding of what the Baby Centre needs are.
As always, thank you for your continuing support of this ministry and for all your prayers!