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Egypt has recently elected a new president. South Sudan continues to have fighting in many parts of the new nation. The Central African Republic continues to have fighting to the extent that the presence of missionaries is almost nonexistent. We monitor the news to see what is happening in areas that the boys in our dorm have family and friends.

Food in front of a warm fire on a cold night in Kijabe is always welcomed by the dorm!

Food in front of a warm fire on a cold Kijabe night is always welcomed by the dorm!

In the past few weeks, we have been able to talk with parents about their ministries. Hearing their stories makes me look at them with respect and awe and rekindles the purpose for which God has called us to RVA. I would like to share some of these stories so you can join with us in praying for our dorm boys’ families and their ministries.

Colby asked us to pray for the decision his family must soon make. Their ministry in Uganda is coming to a close, and they are praying about where to relocate and begin new ministry. A few generations ago, a missionary family set roots in a region and then spent the rest of their lives with an unreached people group. The goal today is for missionaries to build a church of people who become self-sustaining, then move on to another location and start over. Colby’s parents have been praying about moving to either Lebanon, or Iraq. We began praying for this decision before the recent fighting in Iraq began.

Paul’s parents work in an area of South Sudan. Dad is the only doctor in an 80 mile radius, and mom is a nurse. Together they run a clinic that is so taxing their mission organization will allow them to stay no more than three months at a time before withdrawing to a home near RVA for a time of mental, emotional, and spiritual recovery before being immersed for another three months. Paul is the youngest of six boys who all grew up in Africa on the mission field. Paul’s dad has told us that one of the worst parts of his job is removing shrapnel from children.

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Game night in the dorm–with girls!

John’s parents also work in South Sudan. The region they are in is not as close to the fighting, but is very remote, not close to anything. They live in mud huts, have to walk a long distance for water. The only fruits and vegetables that are occasionally available have been brought in from Uganda and are too expensive for a missionary to afford. John’s dad is teaching Christian men to be pastors and has no medical training. There is no doctor within 100 miles, so all the people all expect the missionary to know how to help them with medical issues. He recently took a photo of a broken leg and sent it to a doctor friend who told him how to set it and splint it. His iPhone has become extremely valuable in looking up diagnoses or checking with friends, and using his own family medical kit to help the people in his village.

One dad is a brilliant engineer who grew up at RVA and even spent two years in our dorm as a student. Now he and his family are in a country in which it is very dangerous to be a Christian. His engineering skills have opened the door for him to enter a country that will not allow missionaries. God has opened the door for him to share the good news of Jesus!

Another family are Christians from Nigeria whom God has called to cross Africa to be missionaries in Mozambique. Emman has two brothers who attend RVA, and one who can’t wait to come in the near future.

In the past several weeks we have had opportunities to meet with numerous parents of the boys in our dorm. It has been very humbling to sit with these families and hear about their ministries. Often they say the words that totally shake me to the core. This message is repeated over and over by missionaries I talk with. What do they say that rattles my world? I wish you could sit in our living room and hear these words first hand.

Over and over I have heard from parents of our dorm boys, and sometimes even with tears in their eyes, “Thank you for investing in our son. We could not do our ministry without your help.

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Bible studies in our home

Please join with us in praying for these families, especially for Colby and his family as they seek God’s direction for their future ministry. One thing that makes this especially hard for Colby is that after four years at RVA, he will have to complete his junior and senior years at another school on a new continent. His dorm brothers are his best friends, and they will not be able to finish high school together.

God reminds us that this world is not our home, we are only passing through. We can easily get too comfortable and place our security in our surroundings. Our comfort and security must be in God.

I received a message from a friend just a few days ago asking if we have been affected by the bombs in Nairobi. While these bombings took place in an area we never frequent, we still take notice. There are numerous hard things about serving in a boarding school in Kenya. But serving God is worth it! Here is one way we see God’s hand at work through a recent conversation with a student.

In the past week I have had a student from my 9th grade Bible class come to me for help. He has grown up with missionary parents, and was taught from a young age what to believe about Jesus and the Bible. He has begun his personal search for truth. What if Islam is the truth? Could Buddhism or Atheism be truth? How do I know what to believe?

This is the journey every student must go through as he grows up; moving from “My parents’ belief” to “My belief”. Perhaps you remember going through this in your younger years. Each person has to make his faith his own. For every student who talks openly with us about this, there are probably ten more who are silent. Pray that God would give us wiZZ Hildebrand on top of worldsdom in what to say as we answer questions and direct students to find answers.

Living with 22 guys in a dorm is a real bonus for discipleship! The impact we are able to make goes all through the campus. Sometimes we don’t know just how much we have impacted until a student asks us to be a part of their baptism or some other celebration. Thank you Lord!

 

October 30, 2012 9:11 am

After several months of praying with our family and friends, in June 2009 we began our journey to Africa by attending “Candidate Week” with Africa Inland Mission. That was the beginning of a transition which included moving our family to Africa (no easy task for a family of six) and raising the financial and prayer support needed for our initial two year commitment to Rift Valley Academy. Those two years have flown by and are finished in July. After months of prayer and talking as a family we have committed to serve at RVA four more years. We have been given a “home assignment” from the end of July through the end of December.

What is “Home Assignment”?

  • “Home Assignment” is a time to reconnect with family and friends that we have greatly missed these past two years.
  • “Home Assignment” is a time to process as a family what we have experienced in a Third World continent.
  • “Home Assignment” is a time to share with churches and other groups what we have seen God do, our passion of the needs we have seen, and what is being done to meet those needs.
  • “Home Assignment” is a time to raise financial support for our family’s ministry.

We are in the U.S. this year from July 15 through December 27 on “Home Assignment”.

Click on photo to go to album of Naomi’s Village orphanage

 

While we look forward to reconnecting with friends and family, it is hard to let go of ministry and friends here. We ask that you pray especially for our sons who have been uprooted and brought to Africa for the past two years. Now that they have been settling into this new culture and made great friends, we are taking them back to the U.S. for a time.

During “Home Assignment”, we continue to live on monthly support during our time in the U.S., in fact expenses can be greater during this time, so your continued monthly prayers and financial support are vital.

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March 10, 2012 7:35 am

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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.

February 7, 2012 10:05 am

Recently I was asked a very good question by an elementary Sunday school class in the U.S. about why families would leave their children in a boarding school. My answer for them deals with God’s call of our family to Rift Valley Academy. As I was responding to their question, I realised there may be many more wondering the same thing, and decided to post it for others to see as well.

My (Bill’s) first mission trip was to a boarding school for missionary kids in the U.S. When I learned that parents would drop their kids off and leave for the “utter most parts of the earth,” I couldn’t believe it. They only see mom and dad for two weeks each year? I could never do that to my kids! Then God called us to work at a missionary boarding school.

There are multiple reasons that a family may leave children at a boarding school. Before I get into those reasons, I need to help you understand something first. It is about culture.

Why do we sit in chairs around a table to eat a meal? Why do we use a fork, spoon and knife? Perhaps you have seen pictures of people in Asia sitting on the floor using chopsticks. Would you believe people in Ethiopia sit around one big pile of meat (not separate servings) and eat with their fingers from the same pile? Sometimes they use a form of bread that actually looks more like a rolled up white sponge. This meal is one of Preston’s favorites!

Is our way of eating with chairs and utensils the correct way and all other ways wrong? It is a matter of preference, isn’t it? The way we eat is just one example of cultural differences. Men in Scotland may choose to wear what we think is a skirt. In our culture that just isn’t right, but in Scotland (and every now and then at Rift Valley Academy) you may see men wearing a kilts.

Deeply embedded in our minds, we have a way that school looks. Students live at home with their parents until they graduate from 12th grade, and then might move out to attend a university or college. Boarding schools for students 12th grade and younger are unheard of. That is not the case outside our culture. A large part of the world that has formal education has boarding schools. How would you like to live with your entire 3rd grade class? Sounds like one big slumber party doesn’t it!

Adults may argue on either side as to which way is better. There is one big truth, boarding school sure is different than the way I grew up!

Let’s step aside from boarding school for a moment. Imagine that when you were three years old, God called your parents to work with a people group in Tanzania that has never had the Bible in their language, and these people have never heard of Jesus. For years you and your family live in this village. No electricity. No water. No boys and girls who speak English or look like you do, other than you brothers and sisters. For 12 years, the only people who speak English are in your family, except the two times you went to the United States for furlough (that’s when missionaries travel around to present their ministry to different churches—a whole new story we can tell you about another time).

I was talking with a 15 year old in my 9th grade Bible class who was a brand new student to RVA. The example you just heard was his story. When he came to RVA, he had never lived with other English speaking students. Even when his family lived in the U.S., he was home-schooled because his family travelled so much to present their ministry. While it is true that RVA is ranked number two academically out of all the schools in Africa, this student is learning life skills that he couldn’t get in his remote village in Tanzania. He has been learning social and cultural skills, things that will help him to be prepared to go to a university in a few years.

Some amazing facts about RVA and our students:

  • Most students come for 9-12 grades
  • Most students are bilingual or trilingual (some even know 4 or more languages!)
  • Most are missionary kids
  • RVA students represent over 30 countries around the world, including:
    • (Asia) Korea (38% of our student body!), China, Malaysia, Taiwan, Japan, and more
    • Australia, New Zealand
    • (Europe) England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales, Sweden, Finland, Iceland, Germany, Swiss, and more
    • (North America) USA, Canada
    • (Central America) Mexico, Belize
    • (South America) Brazil, Peru
    • and of course—Africa!

Social development, academic progress, and cultural development are not the only reasons missionaries may need to have their kids live in a boarding school. Some missionaries, especially in Africa live in areas that are unsafe. There are countries in Africa that are very dangerous for people who believe Jesus is Lord. You may wonder why missionaries would risk their lives to go to these places. The good news of Jesus Christ is the greatest news in all the world. These places need the news about Jesus as much or more than any others. (Check out the short movie “Walking in Shadow” from this site: http://www.aimint.org/usa/explore/videos)

RVA is a valuable school for missionaries in Africa. Over and over we hear missionaries say, “We couldn’t be here without RVA,” and even “We couldn’t continue our ministry if it wasn’t for RVA.” I still don’t know a second language, but God can use me and my family to be a part of a huge team of missionaries fulfilling the mission statement for Africa Inland Mission, “Christ centered churches among all African peoples.”

February 5, 2012 7:09 am

click photo to see more pictures from "St. Edwin's"

February 5th, 2012–We have made time in our schedule to continue our involvement as a family and as a dorm with the St. Edwin’s Orphanage in the town of Kimende which is 30 minutes away from RVA. On a recent visit we were able to deliver ponchos made by Midge Nelson from our home church in Blue Springs. The children loved them. On this visit, our dorm students were with us, and spent time on the Sunday afternoon playing games. Everyone had fun and was worn out as we drove back to Kijabe.

December 15, 2011 1:02 am

We began our move to Africa with a two year commitment to you and to Rift Valley Academy. Those two years are finished in July. The decision is does God want us to stay and continue in ministry at RVA, or does He have another plan? After much prayer and counsel, we feel that God wants us to continue to minister here for at least four more years. That would be through Braden and Preston’s graduations.

Why Africa? After 26 years of youth ministry in America, why would we move to Africa? After all, are there needy students in America? Let me share five good reasons and the most important reason.

  1. We have the opportunity to provide spiritual direction for an entire campus of students and staff.
  2. RVA has some of the brightest, most gifted students in the world.
  3. Many of these students grow up to be missions-minded adults. One former student told me that 25% of his graduating class are on the mission field, and at least 10% of the remaining class support him and his family financially as they serve on here in Africa.
  4. Missions is the greatest way to spread the life-changing news of Jesus Christ to a world that desperately needs His love. The U.S. Is rapidly declining in the number of missionaries being sent.
  5. Many of the missionary families who send their children to RVA could not continue the ministry God has called them to if it weren’t for RVA. One student told Jennifer and me that her parents pick her up at the airport and drive 16 hours into the bush to their home. In that village, there are no other missionaries. This student is 16, and a majority of the girls her age are pregnant. She has nothing in common with them. A ninth grade boy in his first year at RVA told me that this was the first time he has lived with students his age who spoke English. One important thing RVA provides for children of missionary families is social growth and development.

These are incredible reasons for our continuing ministry at RVA, but not the most important. In our own search for God’s will concerning our family, I am reminded that the most important quality God looks for in our lives is obedience.  I would be lying if I said these past two years have been easy.  We have been stretched in many ways; but as we are stretched, we are drawn to the arms of Jesus where we find comfort and strength.  To pursue obedience is a matter of faith and trust, believing that God is in control. Jennifer clings to Hebrews 11:6, “Without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to Him must believe that He exists and that He rewards those who earnestly seek Him.”  We are encouraged to obedience by the words in Luke 9:23, “He said to them all:  ‘If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me.’” 

The easy thing is to say, “We have served two years; we have done our part.” But God has called us to this ministry. How long? We are not sure, but right now we know He wants us to continue at RVA.

Financial Needs

Right now we need to know who is willing to continue to commit to our future support. We thank you so much for committing two years of financial support. Will you pray about continuing to support our family as we serve on the mission field at Rift Valley Academy?

Praise the Lord, we just heard from a church that has been praying for us, and will now be able to support us financially for $100 per month! What a blessing from God!

Home Assignment—Our plan is to return to the U.S. to visit family and raise more support from mid-July through Christmas 2012. We have a couple of huge prayer requests regarding that:

  1. We need a house to live in, hopefully in the Blue Springs area. We do own a house in Grain Valley, but the missionary family living in it won’t be going back on the mission field until June 2013.
  2. Our support level is about $2,500 per month lower than it needs to be, so we have a lot of work ahead of us!
  3. Speaking opportunities,we would be glad to share our experiences of what God is doing in East Africa and our ministry. Do you know of a church or group who would like to hear? Contact us!

    First Place! Way to go Suni Dorm!

September 12, 2010 8:27 am

I’ve had the wind knocked out of me again! This time it Trevon and his friend Kevinwasn’t the hill we live on here at RVA. Gathering for prayer at the very start of “Outreach Day”, our fifth and sixth grade dorm boys met with Jr. high girls and a few Sr. high boys who also volunteered. As this mixed group of students and adults came together, we were given the news that the orphanage coming to visit us was made up of children from birth to 13 years old, but only 24 of the older kids were coming to visit. If having to live in an orphanage isn’t enough, each of these children are HIV positive.

It wasn’t the fear of this horrible virus that knocked the wind out of me. I am glad for what we learned about HIV in our three weeks of Africa Based Orientation when we arrived in Africa. Basically, it is nearly impossible to get this virus from a child during normal interaction on the playground or in the dining hall.

What knocked the wind out of me was the thought of coming face to face with the very children I have read about and heard about. Children who likely have lost both parents and probably even aunts and uncles to AIDS. Children whose lives are forever impacted not by their own choices or actions, but by the choices of someone else. Children, not monsters or freaks. Children.

Meet ClintonClinton is a new friend of mine. He is ten years old, the same age as our son Landon. He has an older sister, loves to play on the playground, play soccer, and eat hot dogs. In fact, Clinton ate at least three hot dogs, potatoes, carrots, strawberry jelly, and more. He even had a couple of glasses of milk to wash it all down as I sat next to him at lunch! You wouldn’t even realize that he is HIV positive.

This little boy, and the 23 others, looked totally normal. Watching them play games you couldn’t tell any difference from other kids. The orphanage did a good job of clothing them, and based on their physical appearance, these children are receiving good nutrition. Anti Retro Viral (ARV) drugs and good nutrition can help these children live a fairly normal life. If they miss just one of the daily doses of their ARV, tuberculosis, or pneumonia, or some other common illness will wipe out what is left of their immune system. If he stops taking his ARV, Clinton will not see his 20th birthday. Even with his ARV, he may not live past his twenties.

As I try to catch my breath again after spending half a day with these wonderful children, a question goes through my mind. For the past week, my 11th grade “Doctrines of the Bible” class has been wrestling with the thought, “Why would God create people who would never have an opportunity to hear the Gospel?” The question I find myself wrestling with is a similar thought, “Why would God create these children, knowing that they would be born with HIV?” I am reminded of the character of God, that He hates sin but loves the sinners. One of the reasons He hates sin so much is the consequences of sin. The consequences are far reaching. Each of us can testify to the destructive effects of sin in our own lives.

Our purpose in “Outreach Day” here at RVA was to share the love of Christ with others. God certainly loves these children we met and played with. I’m not sure how much of that love they felt and saw from us, but I know I have come away touched by God in a huge way.

August 27, 2010 1:52 pm

Can you hear my heavy breathing?  Can you feel my heart pounding?  I have just come up the hill with our first aluminum container of milk.  The hillside that RVA is built on would be a tough climb back home in Missouri, but add to it that we are 7,500 feet above sea level.  Every time we arrive back at our dorm we are out of breath!  I know, it is good for us.

To get milk for our family, I took our three liter aluminum container down the hill to the cafeteria.  They receive milk straight from the farm, pasteurize it and separate the cream.  I felt the side of the aluminum container after the worker filled it, and it was warm.  Not the way we are used to getting milk back home!

Beside our house all four of our boys are playing a pick up game of soccer with four of our dorm boys.  I cannot tell you how impressed I am with each of the eight boys we will have in our dorm for the next year.  Two fifth graders and six sixth graders.  Their parents are some of the most incredible people I have ever met.  Some work deep in the bush (one family drove 16 hours to get to the closest airport for the two and a half hour flight to Nairobi).  Others are in countries that can be very hostile toward Christianity.  Yet each of these eight boys has a sweetness, and tenderness toward Christ.

We are in a brotherhood.  Not just because we are in a dorm with 13 guys (Jennifer is the only gal), and not just because almost everyone in our dorm has brothers and no sisters, including Jennifer and I, only one of the fourteen has a sister.  Thirteen of us have only brothers!  No, we are a brotherhood, because we are all on the mission field.  All of the guys in our dorm were very open in welcoming each other, even the new guys.  There is a lot that goes into that brotherhood, and I will try to cover more about that in future blogs.

Tonight, as I was tucking in three guys I asked if any of them wanted to pray before I turned out the lights.  Two hands shot up before I could even finish asking, so I let them both pray.  What I heart from these two sixth graders just blew me away.  There was a childlike faith and genuineness from both of them.  After amen was said, I was trying to wipe the tears from my own eyes and quickly turn off the lights.

I also learned a new term tonight.  “Missionary Midnight”.  Missionary midnight hits about nine in the evening.  A missionary’s day is so full that nine p.m. feels like midnight.  Jennifer and I have felt that every night since we left America!

Good night!

Hildebrand Family

Newsletter

July 2009

Hildebrand Family is Heading to Africa!

We are so excited about what God is doing in our lives! Only a year ago we never would have imagined that God had any kind of change for us. His plan for us is so much bigger than anything we could come up with. The purpose for this letter is threefold: to share with you how this change for our family came about, what we will do in Kenya, and what we must do over the coming months to make this happen.

Africa Bound?

First of all, Africa bound?! Where in the world did this change come from? Jennifer and I have always had hearts that are sensitive toward missions. In August of 2008, some friends of ours moved to Africa as missionaries. When we heard of the school their boys were attending, God began to move in our hearts. Just a year earlier this family was in our church, and their boys were in our youth ministry. The more we learned about the school they were attending, the more we fell in love with Rift Valley Academy in Kijabe, Kenya!

Just after learning the name of the school and a few other brief details, Jennifer was talking with a good friend of ours. We knew Andrea grew up on the mission field in Africa, but few other details. When Jennifer told her about this school that we were looking into, Andrea exploded with excitement! This was where she grew up! She had nothing but praise for her years at RVA. Since then, we have been greatly surprised by the number of people God has brought into our lives who either attended RVA or know someone who has.

What is RVA?

Rift Valley Academy is a ministry of Africa Inland Mission. Founded in 1906, this school is primarily for missionary kids, but many others have parents who are doctors, diplomats, or local Kenyans. The purpose statement for the academy is “shaping lives to change the future.” With graduates going on to Westpoint, Harvard, Yale, the Air Force Academy, and other prestigious schools, it can be said that this school truly is living up to its purpose statement.

The purpose for my and Jennifer’s ministry has been “To bring youth into a maturing relationship with Jesus Christ.” This has been the mission statement for my life since answering God’s call to full-time youth ministry in 1984.

God is not changing our call to work with teenagers. He is definitely changing the setting in which we minister!

There are 450 students in RVA from kindergarten through 12th grade. Students live at the school for three months, then go home to their family for one month, giving the school year three trimesters. Many of the current staff at RVA have attended the school as students and have now come back with families of their own so they can invest in students’ lives just as others have invested in theirs.

The Boys’ Reaction

So we asked our boys what they thought. Baboons in the back yard? Dirt bikes? Live in a dorm with your friends? Let’s go! They actually gave it a little more thought than that, just a little. They found out it would mean giving up football, but they would be gaining rugby!

Jennifer and I have read stories from missionaries to the boys quite often, so when we asked them what they thought about moving to the mission field, they thought it was great. The only hesitancy they had was when they thought about leaving some of their friends. The hardest will be leaving grandparents and other family members. The boys have such a good perspective. Every night before bed Trevon, our youngest, includes in his prayers, “…and help us God to tell the kids in Africa about Jesus.” We are so thankful that God put the call and excitement in each of our boys!

What Will We Do at RVA?

At the school we will probably be dorm parents for Jr. high boys. We will live with a group of about 20 boys who will call us “Aunt Jennifer,” and “Uncle Bill”. Our family, including our boys, will have an apartment attached to the dorm. I will be leading devotions, helping with homework, tucking them in at night, and trying to fill in for their parents who are fulfilling their call to be missionaries on the field.

The locations of some missionaries are too dangerous at the time for their kids to remain with them. Most American missionaries homeschool their kids on the field, but as their student gets older the need for more specialized teaching grows. What a great privilege for Jennifer and I to come and help these missionaries with the final years of molding and shaping their kids.

There are numerous other possibilities of what we may be doing, I could teach Bible class, or become the school’s youth pastor. Thanks to receiving a seminary degree this past May, the possibilities are great.

Students go back home to their families during the one month break between each of the three trimesters. We are encouraged to visit families who are missionaries out in the field. That helps us to get to know the families, understand their ministry, and even help them on the field. Near RVA is an AID’s orphanage, hospital and other opportunities for our family to serve. There will always be lots of work to be done.

How do we Get to Kenya?

In June, 2009, we drove to Pearl River, NY, to the headquarters of Africa Inland Missions, USA. Near the end of our week there, we learned that our family had been accepted as “appointees” to RVA.

We also learned how much money we had to raise for our family. We must have $6,700 in monthly commitments and $32,000 in our account for traveling expenses to get our family to Kenya. That covers all our living expenses, health, travel, rent, school for the boys, visas and other travel expenses, taxes (in U.S. and Kenya), and more. I must admit, when Jennifer and I heard how much we had to raise, it took our breath away. God brought Jennifer to Psalm 3:5 in her quiet time, “In the morning, oh Lord, you hear my voice, I lay my requests before you, and wait in anticipation.” (NIV)

Raising up a support team, and financial commitments to that amount is not impossible. In fact, it looks a lot easier like this: 67 people (or families) giving $100/month, or 134 people giving $50/month, or 268 people giving only $25/month.

For the next several months we will be presenting our ministry and asking people if they would like to be a part of our support team. What a blessing it has been to hear the word getting around, people telling others about our ministry in Kenya! God has begun an exciting time for the Hildebrand family!

Burn the Ships!

Well, that is what Cortez told his men when they arrived in the new world! As we prepare to go to our new world, we will thin out our stockpile of stuff we have accumulated. Pray for us as we put our house on the market.

We have a 2 year commitment with RVA. Near the end of that commitment we can prayerfully determine whether or not to continue for another two years.

We thank you for your prayers! Please consider one of these options for being a part of our support team:

  1. Prayer support: we commit to covering your family in prayer on a regular basis and praying for requests that you send through your prayer updates/email communications.

  2. Financial support: monthly or one time gifts.