A New Year, A New Term

Greetings praying friends,

Well a new year has begun, and a new school term has begun here at RVA.  And so far the school term is going great.  3 week grade reports will be e-mailed to parents on Monday, and most of the kids in my class are doing well.  Of course, it helps if you study.  I wish someone had told me that when I was in school.  Oh yeah, I think both my parents told me that numerous times when I was growing up.

I had a great December break.  Stayed around home and didn’t do much.  But, because we are a tight community here at RVA, there was still plenty to do.  I got together with Brian and Missy Wagner and their kids to do our annual holiday tradition of making hand cookies.  Yep, a sugar cookie that you trace your hand onto, bake, then decorate with icing, candy, etc.  I went with the sugar rush theme this year.

Yep, that's a strawberry on my hand cookie.  That makes it healthy.

Yep, that’s a strawberry on my hand cookie. That makes it healthy.

The first weekend of term was our Outreach Day where we have kids sign up to get outside of the gates and interact with the community around us.  I went with a group of students down to the bottom of the escarpment that RVA sits on, to a town called Mai Maihu.  Mai Maihu is a small town, but it’s situated right at the junction of two major trans-Africa highways.  Because it has become a truck stop, it also has a huge prostitution problem.  And with the prostitution problem is a huge AIDS problem.  And with the AIDS problem is a huge orphan problem.  I went down to one of the orphanages in Mai Maihu with about twenty of our RVA students and hung out, played with the kids, listened to a Bible story, and saw a magic show performed by another one of our staff members.  The orphanage has about 120 kids from pre-school through high school.  The high school orphans were off for the day, so we hung out with the elementary aged kids.

Listening to the Bible story!

Listening to the Bible story!

Pray for the leaders of this orphanage.  It’s sponsored by one of our local churches, and is doing all it can to provide these children with a good education as well as teaching them that although the world doesn’t care about orphans, God has a special place in his heart for them. (Look up James 1:27 if you don’t believe me. Or Psalm 68:5, or Deuteronomy 27:19, or Job 29:2, or  . . .)

Posing with a jump rope.

Posing with a jump rope.

It’s amazing that although this term in school has just started, it won’t be very long until I’m on an airplane heading back to Pennsylvania for my furlough.  I fly out March 29, arrive back in the US on the 30th.  Then, 5 months of furlough, flying back here to Kenya in the middle of August, just in time for the mew term.  If you want me to come and speak at your church, my schedule is starting to get full.  Contact Pat Strain in GMC to book a time for me to come.  I can do church services, Sunday school, church picnic’s (or fellowship time, I love pie), speak to youth groups, etc.  Just let me know.

Well that’s about it for now.  Thanks so much for your continued prayers and financial support for me over the years.  I know, without a doubt, that God has called me here to RVA to teach, and I love the fact that he has called you to join me in my ministry by praying for me.

God Bless,