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Helping shape lives that will change the future.

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.


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.


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.