"And if you SPEND YOURSELVES on behalf of the hungry and satisfy the needs of the oppressed, then your light will rise in the darkness and your night will become like the noonday."
"The Lord will continually guide you. He will satisfy your needs in a sun-scorched land and will strengthen your frame. You will be like a well-watered garden, like a spring whose waters never fail."- Isaiah 58:10-11
Wednesday, May 16, 2012
When we returned to Kenya, it was with very mixed emotions. Although we were excited by the work, we missed friends and family. We debated sending Katie back to boarding school, our other children were struggling emotionally and relationally, and the location of the guest house was not ideal for the fulfillment of Oasis’s vision. These were all challenges weighing heavily on our minds. Because of this, toward the end of December, we began praying specifically about exactly what God was asking us to do.
God was so good to us and began to reveal His plan for our future as soon as we landed in Kenya. While we waited for our luggage at the airport, a fellow “Muzungu” (white person) approached us to say hello. As we talked, we learned that he worked at Moffat Bible College in Kijabe, which is within walking distance of Rift Valley Academy (RVA), the school Katie attends. Over the next few weeks, a miraculous conversation continued that ultimately led to an offer of a very part-time teaching opportunity at Moffat along with the opportunity to live on campus and for all of our children to attend RVA. After discussing this with the Oasis board, they agreed that God was in this, and that relocating would be a strategic move for Oasis’s expansion.
Here are some of the benefits of this significant change:
o Moving will enable our family to extend our commitment to Kenya beyond 2 years because our family can live together and our children will attend RVA, where they will have opportunities similar to those they would have in America.
o Moving will put us in a more central location, where we can fulfill the vision of Oasis by creating partnerships with other Kenyan organizations beyond TMD.
o Teaching at Moffat allows me to train pastors and network with leaders of communities all around Africa.
o Creating some space between ourselves and the leadership at TMD will help eliminate some of the unhealthy dependence that has been created.
o Moving will enable Ann to work full time for Oasis, as she will no longer need to home-school our children, allowing her to use her gifts of leadership and communication to inspire others with the work God is doing in Kenya.
The final confirmation we need is to know is that people are still willing to support us. We are in need of several more monthly supporters and have some one-time needs in order to move to Kijabe. We feel very humbled in making this ask but believe the work God is asking us to do makes it necessary. Thank you for prayerfully considering our support.