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When I’m a SAHM (Stay-at-home-mom)…

1. Menu Plan for weekday suppers.

2. Learn to sew and knit and do both regularly.

3. Have a cleaning schedule, and not deviate too often.

4. Have potted herbs in my kitchen, and use them in my cooking.

5. Organize and purge more stuff from our lives. I’m all about getting rid of stuff lately. Don’t worry though, I put Chris in the “keep” pile.

6. Be a joy to my baby/kid(s).

7. Have every room in the house organized. No deadline for this… it’s just an eventual goal.

8. Go for lots walks with baby/kid(s). Enjoy them.

9. Use cloth diapers and make my own baby food.

9b. (Not 10 ‘cuz lists of 10 are so overdone) Read books regularly that challenge and stimulate my thinking (Have a reading list for the year).

(as written in an email by my husband, Chris)

As some of you may have heard Kenya is making major headlines right now in international news.  On December 27 a presidential election was held, the results of which have yielded Kenya’s closest presidential race in history.  Although President Kibaki has declared himself re-elected, his rival Raila Odinga has declared that the election was rigged and much violence has been the result.  To date over 300 people have been killed, and more violence is feared in the days ahead.  To make matters worse, I believe there is significant spiritual warfare taking place as one of Odinga’s suspected goals in seeking the presidency is to turn Kenya into a Muslim state, and institute Sharia law.  This would mean significant persecution of Christians, and the removal of all missionaries.

My wife Beth recently had the opportunity to travel to Kenya with Africa Inland Mission as part of her role as Short Term Assistant.  We both have many missionary friends living in and around Nairobi, and until now Kenya has been a very peaceful place for missionaries to be.  Just outside of Nairobi is a large missionary boarding school, Rift Valley Academy.  Missionaries and their families are keeping a low profile right now as their is some fear of targeted attacks against westerners.

Please join with us in prayer for the restoration of peace in Kenya.  We know that God is able to do mighty works even in the midst of crisis.  Please also pray for the many missionary families who are uncertain of what may come next, and especially for the many children who are away from their parents in boarding school.

If you would like more information, a good source is BBC Africa http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/africa/default.stm

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Mt. Longonot, Rift Valley, Kenya

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My experience thus far in Kenya (Nairobi, Kijabe, and Mukaa) has been sort of overwhelming. 

This is my fourth time to Africa, but I’m finding that it is the toughest to process so far in terms of “culture shock”.  Not because it’s so different, but rather because of the ways in which it is so similar to Western culture.  Of course there are contrasts- the poor and rural life & the slums… which contrast starkly with the 24-hour shopping malls and coffeehouses which would cause one to think that they had been transported back to North America while they were sleeping.  I am staying at an AIM guesthouse, which is all quite Western (yesterday it was pizza for supper and ice cream for dessert – made all from scratch by Kenyans to suit the multitude of Wazungu).  Today when we were in Mukaa, it was the first time on this trip that I got to have a “real” East African meal! It was really good- I found that I missed it! I came to Africa but had not yet really felt like I was in Africa! Nyama, wali, viazi, ndizi, na chapati… mmm!

A slight change in subject… I’ve been thinking alot lately about the (sometimes) seemingly elusive “will of God for my life”.  How does one KNOW God’s will for them? How do you know you are correct in what you THINK is God’s will for you? What if you are deceived? What if you don’t choose the right path, what if.. what if.. etc.  Well much to my angst these questions have been rolling about in my mind for quite a few years now, and it was only just last night that I was really able to fully realize them and vocalize them.  I was talking with Sam and Bonnie, and they offered alot of wisdom (I absolutely love them.. they are amazing).  Anyway- the good news is that I’ve come to a place of contentment in these things, after many years of vague confusion.  The 2 verses that really stand out in my mind that Bonnie reminded me of are these…

“Delight yourself in the Lord and He will give you the desires of your heart”.  That is not to say that you will get whatever desire (fleshly/worldly or otherwise) you want, but rather it seems to be more of a reciprocity in which your desires are already aligned with God’s will for you because when you are delighting yourself in Him, you are becoming more like Christ, and less like the world.  He gives you the desires of your heart not BECAUSE you are delighting yourself in Him, but THROUGH your very act of delighting yourself in Him.  Delighting one’s self in the Lord is the desire of a righteous (through Christ) heart.  That is all to say that if I am *honestly* delighting myself in Him, and I seek to use wisdom in my decisions, then I can ask myself what the desires of my heart really are, which will guide me to discover God’s will for me.  What am I passionate about? What am I uniquely gifted for?

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding, in all your ways ackowledge Him, and He will direct your paths”.  Another good one.. I learned this one by heart in Pioneer Clubs as a kid.  Always a good verse to remember, always easy to forget.  Read it again, and again, and again, until it sinks in!

Anway- it’s late here (we’re 8 hours ahead of Toronto time) and it’s time for bed. Good night!

So, here I am at Mayfield Guest House (the AIM guesthouse in Nairobi, Kenya).  It’s been only 2 (full) days.  I’ve experienced so much, met so many people, and loved it all.  I have so many stories to tell.  I saw Mt. Longonot and the Rift Valley, which was BEAUTIFUL! (Google it).  I’ve toured Kijabe Hospital, Moffat Bible College, and RVA… tomorrow we’re going to the Eastern Region Office and International Services, and AIM AIR (to take pictures for Chris!).

Having Sam and Bonnie show me around has been so much fun- they are so great (Bonnie gives me “Chris substitute” hugs”, and we been falling off of our chairs (literally) in laughter, on a regular basis!

Bonnie got stung in the night by the Nairobi fly, which leaves acidic burns on your skin.  Hopefully it will clear up soon without too much discomfort.

Today as I sat gazing out at Mt. Longonot, I praised God for his amazing creation, talking to Him, and thanking Him for everything.  I am so blessed… even in the hardships, He is faithful.  When I am weak, He is strong… and He is exalted!

Today was the third day of my new job at AIM, and the first day of driving myself to and from the new job.

Considering the stress and road rage that I’ve experienced from other drivers in TO, I think it’s pretty good that I only got honked at once when not going instantaneously when the light turned green. He must have had a bad day at work…

So, I have joined the ranks of grown-ups everywhere, doing the daily grind of commuting to a job in Toronto from the suburbs. It’s not a bad life. In fact, I rather enjoy it. I willingly left my higher-paying job 2 kms from home for this one. I still can’t believe how lucky I am (or “blessed” to use the Christian lingo) to be working at AIM. I absolutely love it. I know that it will have its tedious moments, but overall I am simply thrilled that I get to think, work, and talk about missions in Africa all day long.

After leaving work, I stopped at Tyndale to pick up my husband. We headed home, sat down to reheated leftovers for supper, and watched the local news.

The epitomy of grown-up-ness.

Despite reaching this time of grown-up-ness in my life, I am determined to never quit having fun, being spontaneous, or enjoying this life that God gave me. I love my life.

I'm Red, he's Honey. I'm the writer of this blog and the source of your entertainment and/or boredom. We're parents of an exceptionally adorable child, and we have no idea what we're doing! This blog is the outlet for my thoughts along the way - welcome! Pull up a couch, grab a cup of tea, and stay a while! Or back away slowly. Whatever works.




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