Well, I’m a good six months behind on my blogging. Apologies to those of you who were hoping I’d actually keep in touch. I was a little discouraged by lack of progress (I know that doesn’t actually translate to ‘no news’), and then I started dating a handsome young lad named Abram (see: How To Plan A Wedding From the Other Side of the World), and then I did my usual routine, which is to feel behind and overwhelmed, and not know where to start, which makes me feel further behind and overwhelmed, ad nauseum.
So here’s a sorta brief update on the things I’ve been up to:
One. If you are friends with me in real life and or on Facebook, you probably know I am engaged to be married! Abram is from Ontario, Canada, grew up on a farm, loves the Lord, is fluent in Swahili, is getting his PhD in Mission here in Kenya, and wants to be a college professor. I have never met anyone so interesting and kind, generous and thoughtful. He treats me ridiculously well, and I am so spoiled and lucky to have him in my life. He reminds me of Jesus. We are getting married in Oregon in September.
Two. “My” kids. I still spend time with a few families in the slums. Abram and I were able to sponsor our friend John, who is 14, to go to high school this year. We are really excited for him, as this provides him with the best chance to meet his potential and hopefully get out of poverty. In January, Visible Grace helped to buy a wheelchair for a young boy named David, who has cerebral palsy. His mother is a good friend, and she and the other families I’ve met in the slums continue to inspire and amaze me with their dedication to their children.
And of course there is my niece, Eileen. She’s now 10 months old, and if you’d like to see millions of pictures of her, follow me on Instagram. 🙂 I am still living with her and her parents, Susan and Wilson, and I love them- they are my family here. But I won’t hopefully won’t live with them much longer, because…
(Three) WE ARE ACTUALLY GOING TO OPEN UP OUR CHILDREN’S HOME SOON. The lowdown: We are ONE STEP away from getting connected to electricity. One. Step. (For real this time. We have the parts we need, we have what we need from Kenya Power, and our electrician took Easter weekend off but assured us he will be going back to work on it tomorrow.) Susan and I have been running around trying to get everything ready: the kids, who are on a ‘waiting list’ and are living with their grandparents or guardians. The house, which has grown a bit dusty, and has furniture and beds and dishes and everything but needs to be set in order. Our budget, which is, well, you know. Money.
All this to say, it’s a very real possibility that we could be in the home and ready to go in the next week or two. We are so, so SO excited about this prospect, and we need your prayers, and your support. I will update my blog again soon with specifics about what the house will look like, and how it will operate, but in the meantime…
(Four) As soon as we get kids, I will be earnestly and actively seeking sponsors for each of them. Right now, the cost is a bit higher than we’d like, because for just the one children’s home, with up to 12 kids, we still need a guard, a gardener, a social worker, etc etc. Over time, these costs will be covered by alllll our kids and sponsors. At any rate- We have decided to create ‘levels’ of sponsorship, and are looking at having more than one sponsor per child. I will, again, write more about this soon. But I wanted to just let you guys know what’s going on, and ask to you think about sponsoring a child, or donating to Visible Grace for some of our other costs.
I have no idea who takes the time to actually read this, but again, I apologise for being so quiet recently. I pray you all are well.