We have changed venues for a few months. On August 15, 2012 we left Rwanda for Kenya, by car. We were 7 people-Caleb and me, our 4 children: Sara, Hannah, Caleb and Lydia, and also Moses, our Rwandan foster child, whom we have just recently started the adoption process. ( We have passed through many of the “hoops” on the Rwandan side; what is left to do on the US side is a bit unclear, but we are actively pursuing it).
After 2 days of driving 13 hours a day, we arrived, exhausted to Kenya, at Kijabe where Rift Valley Academy is located. We are here to work at the school, RVA, for 3 months, as stand in dorm parents for another missionary couple who is stateside for a year. Why the change? Well, we have sent our kids off to RVA at the relatively young age of 11. Sara, who will graduate in 2014, has spent her last 5 birthdays at school :(. Before she graduates, we had always wanted to spend a longer time together as a family. When this occasion presented itself, we couldn’t refuse. Our plan is to stay here until late November and then go to the US and then return to Rwanda in January. What about our work in Rwanda? I am grateful that I have been able to arrange for a leave of absence from my mentoring Rwandan family medicine residents and Caleb’s hydro project is nearly finished.
What is like to be at RVA? It’s great. The house was already set up for us, fully stocked :). We were invited out to meals for our first 5 nights 🙂 :). The staff at RVA is so dedicated, and talented. We are really impressed by the administration and the teachers. We open up our curtains every morning to looking over the Rift Valley.
Our students arrived Saturday-4 new 9th grade boys, and 15 returning ones. They come from at least 10 different countries and are the sons of missionary evangelists, pilots, doctors, Bible translators, and seminary professors. Six of the boys are from South Korea, and are sons of Koreans serving as missionaries in Africa.
They are an active bunch. In the midst of arranging schedules, supervising room cleaning, we are looking forward to encouraging them in their Christian walk. We know what it’s like to be on the other end-to give our kids to someone else to take care of. We feel it’s a great privilege to be here, taking care of these boys.
What is it like for us to be with our kids here at RVA? Bliss! We get to meet their friends and their teachers. We can see their games and give a comforting hug when things don’t go well. We can help with their homework, pray with them and worship with them.
Here are the 2 Bible verses we have chosen as “theme verses” for our dorm this year:
I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. Philippians 4: 13
Whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable-if anything is excellent or praiseworthy-think about such things. Philippians 4: 8
We are grateful for the these verses that are as applicable to our dorm boys, and us, as they were when they were written over 2000 years ago.