We'd like to tell you a story - our story. The story of where we've come from and where we believe God is taking us. Although it is a lengthy tale, we'll break it up into nice manageable pieces. You're welcome :)
Part 1: Why are we going?
Our family is moving to Africa. Kenya, to be specific. There is a school there called Rift Valley Academy (RVA) run by a mission organization called Africa Inland Mission (AIM). It was set up over 100 years ago as a ministry to missionaries and their children.
Missionary kids (MK's) in Africa grow up in unique and varied circumstances, to say the least. Their parents may be called to spread the Gospel of Jesus Christ through Bible Translation, church planting, community outreach and/or evangelism. MK's are very much a part of that calling. Some of them grow up in cities, some of them in remote villages cut off from anything most of us would call civilization. All of them need a quality eduation. They may live in a village in the heart of Africa with missionary parents, but they need to be loved and nurtured and shown the Gospel of Jesus Christ just like our kids do.
Many mission organizations, including AIM, are looking for people who feel called to minister to these families. They are on the "front lines" of spreading the gospel across the continent of Africa, in many cases to people groups that have never heard the name of Jesus. They need all the support they can get and we feel called to give it to them. So, Lord willing, we will be serving at Rift Valley Academy within the next year or so, doing exactly that!
Read on for more "why" topics...