|Oasis Get Together|
|Rick's side of the family|
|Ann's side of the family|
Second is food! It took us a week or so to re-acclimate to the rich American diet but we pushed through the discomfort and forced down deep dish pizza, fast-food anything, ice cream, grapes, blueberries, and of course slushies! In addition, we found clean water from the tap remarkable and ingenious.
|One of our awesome host friends/families!|
|Visiting colleges with good friends!|
|Water-skiing with the cousins|
|Fun in Lake Geneva with great friends!|
The last difference is the contrast between being supported and being a supporter. When we visit the US, we are often among the financially neediest people in the room. Recognizing this, so many of you generously provided us with food, gave us bags full of clothes for our children, planned entertainment opportunities and provided lodging for us. Words cannot express our gratitude to you for your generosity. We felt beyond blessed every day and appreciate your support in physical, spiritual, and emotional ways. As soon as we stepped foot in Kenya this shifted 180 degrees for us and we felt the burden of being the supporters again. After leaving the airport, we didn’t even reach home from the airport without receiving phone calls from seven different people needing help. This is not easy for us. It goes against our cultural bent and leaves a constant pressure to discern God’s voice in saying yes or no. Though it can be wearying, this is part of why we are here, to meet the needs that God brings into our paths every day.
Cost of a dozen roses in the US: $25.00 Cost of 20 roses in Kenya: $2.40