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March 23, 2012 8:10 am
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click on photo to see more photos from "Musical Sons"

March 23, 2012

We have really enjoyed Braden and Preston as they enjoy music. Braden has been working on his guitar and leading worship with classmates for chapel. Preston’s percussion abilities have made some senior high students take note of this eighth grader. He plays various percussion instruments in the school orchestra, and has really excelled on the drum kit for worship teams. God has blessed both of them with a love and ability to make great music!

March 15, 2012 8:22 am
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click on photo to see more photos from "End of Term 2"

March 15, 2012

On December 28 we picked Meredith up at the Nairobi airport and helped introduce her to Africa before she headed to Tanzania for the next month. She is a student at John Brown University that we have known from our home church in Blue Springs. After being a part of AIM’s program called “TIMO Quest”, she came back to Kenya and started helping us at RVA. I am very sad as I write this thinking about the fact that she will head back to the states on April 10. She has become a great companion for Jennifer as they take early walks (at 6:30am every day!), helping in Jennifer’s classroom, and helping our family and dorm with meals. She has truly become a part of our family!

One day Jennifer decided to take Meredith to visit the hospital just down the road from RVA. As they were visiting the pediatric ward they were able to talk with a young mom who brought her newborn infant to the hospital. Jennifer and Meredith were able to see this young lady accept Christ as the hospital chaplain led her to the Lord!  Mercy, one of the chaplains in the hospital is helping to find someone in Kibera (largest slum in Africa, located in Nairobi) who can disciple this young mom when she returns to her home. Jennifer and Meredith helped in seeing the new birth of this new mom!

A day or two later, Meredith was giving our family a night off as she did study time and devotion time with the dorm. After the devotion, one boy who we were unsure of his relationship with the Lord began asking her questions. Meredith was able to lead him to Jesus that night! The room mate of this boy stuck around during this time and listened in as well. She was able to help assure him of his relationship with Jesus as well. What a week for all of us! God was able to use our visitor to help in the spiritual births of two new Christians!

March 10, 2012 7:35 am

click photo to see more photos from "8th Grade Basketball"

March 10, 2012–

In January, Jennifer and I began praying with Preston someone would step forward to coach the Jr. High team. Basketball has been my favorite sport, but with all the other responsibilities I did not want to step forward. Being a head coach is not something I have done, and is definitely out of my comfort zone! Two weeks went by. Finally a deadline came up, if a coach didn’t come forward, they would not have a team, and forfeit all their games and even cancel a tournament RVA was hosting. It sure appeared that God wanted me to step forward.

Looking back, I am so thankful for the opportunity to be their head coach. Working with 9 eighth grade boys was so fun. The varsity and junior varsity coaches gave me great help and advice. Jennifer volunteered to the player with the most rebounds join us for dinner after each game. At least half the team ended up eating with our family, and what a great opportunity it was to get to know the players!

We only lost one league game, and the boys improved so much over the season. We even took first place in the tournament we hosted with eight other teams. The emotional championship game even included a last second three point shot from an unlikely player on our team that allowed us to go into overtime to come from behind and win the game! Best of all was the time I was able to spend with Preston, working together on our love for the Lord and our love for basketball! After the championship, I walked away to a quiet place to thank God for His confidence to have this great opportunity with nine awesome young men.