We're having a great time in America, but, sadly, the crazy pace of standard American life has caused me to neglect the blog. Here's a brief update:
Fred's work - Mostly on hold until we get back. The end of the year is usually the end of the budget cycle for his projects, and December is often a month when everyone takes leave. Sadly, we've heard that some of the people Fred has been working with are being laid off because their projects aren't re-funding. Please pray especially for Stephen, who I mentioned in our last email, because he doesn't have the formal education to get a similar job at another organization, so he'll being going back to volunteering and farming.
Leisha's work - Mama Maisha has had a little pause while both our coordinator and I have been traveling and while our quarterly funds have been pretty tight because of the expensive training in October. Grace, our coordinator, is back in Shirati and getting things back on track. We just got word that we didn't get a grant we were hoping for that would have provided safe delivery kits for moms and traditional birth attendants, but we're talking to a lot of people about Mama Maisha and hope to get some sustainable, grassroots funding in place.
The kiddos - The kids are loving America, especially the family and many, many friends we've met. The last ten days we've been driving through California and southern Oregon, meeting up with so many friends, nearly all of whom have kids the same age range as our kids. Inno's writing journal is full of city names followed by the names of the new friends he's met and cool things he's done. It basically looks like this, but in barely legible grade schooler handwriting.
Brookings, OR - Blake, lighthouses
Santa Rosa, CA - Nick and Jaclyn, redwoods, drove through tree
San Francisco, CA - Scott, playground
Pasadena, CA - Baby Gideon and Sofia
San Diego, CA - Jasmine and Hannah, beach, church play
Modesto, CA - Bear
Medford, OR - Grant, ice skating, church
Albany, OR - Reagan
We're home again now, transitioning into Christmas celebrations and a series of dinners with friends. Hopefully our kids will keep up their excellent behavior and pretty good health and patient acceptance of so many new things. Thanks to all of you for reading, for praying, and for inviting us into your homes and churches. We're really enjoying this time of fellowship and fun as a family and the opportunity to share our work with all of you!