18 April 2012

the beginning.


2010 kate joyce :: AIM

over the course of numerous weeks and months and years, God has been harrowing us through, cracking wide our hearts of dust to be open to His grace, to follow His lead.

we didn't quite know He'd lead us to africa.

we've been there before, of course, two brief glimpses of the horn as we became a family to our youngest son, but now we're heading back. this time to kenya. this time for good.


2009 kate joyce :: AIM

africa is vast, a mass of desert and coastline and jungle and bush. it walks on tiptoe the razor-thin line between beautiful and treacherous. it gets under your skin.

how many times have we heard that?

africa gets under your skin.

but here's what i suspect: as much as this continent sings of raw beauty, as much as the spread of sky and markets and sand seep through your pores, it's the people who steal your heart clean out from under you.


2009 mike saum :: AIM


2009 kate joyce :: AIM


unknown :: AIM

vibrant, resilient, precious people: they're the real draw.

earlier this month, after a full week in peachtree city, the mister and i were appointed as missionaries by africa inland mission. we'll serve our first term in kenya at rift valley academy, where we'll educate and mentor and love on the kids of our missionary team, making it possible for our team to work across the continent.

our departure date is set for july of next year, and there are mountains to be moved in these next fifteen months. please pray with us. it all looks impossible from where i stand, so it's a mighty good thing we worship a God who specializes in just that line of work.

He's got this.


2008 ted rurup :: AIM

it still floors me most days that God would choose to use the likes of me to help build His kingdom. i'm nothing to write home about: not particularly gifted or wonderful or selfless. i'm prone to myopia. fissured and flawed.

but if He'll have us, we're so His for the taking.


kendal said...

wowie wow wow! oh so very excited about this! will you have to raise support? we know all about that aspect of missions work. please let me know.

love said...

oh, girl!!!

sigh. i'm so happy for you and trying to not let my tears for the confusion in our family about this exact thing let me get jealous here! [set to start the journey & then pregnancy. then adoption. then adoption. then pregnancy with TWINS?! super awesome blessings, but why do we keep getting pulled back to it then told to wait? anyway.] you know our love for africa, too--especially east africa uganda & kenya. i just bet we'll see you there sometime, somehow. won't THAT be fun?!

i'm beyond excited for you and your family! hope we can help somehow--please keep us updated and let me know. will be praying, praying!

Brandee Shafer said...

You know you can count on my prayers.

Angel said...

Wow! God never ceases to amaze me. I'm sure there is lots of excitement in your family right now. Let us know how we can help get you there and beyond. I'll be praying for you!

Ostriches Look Funny said...

What!?!?! WHAT?!!!
That is SO exciting. I was a little taken aback, because um, have you been keeping this under your hat?

That sounds so exciting. I mean, SO EXCITING.
I'll be praying for you and yours.

um, are you still going to blog? right?

Dennis and Debbie Doughty said...

Beautifully said! Just sad we will miss being at RVA with you and getting to know the family!

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Flower Patch Farmgirl said...

Oh, I wanna.....

Cory just called me with a Red Alert on this post. Ha ha! Yep, he stalks. :) I'm so thrilled for you.

How many Taco Bell dates do you think we can squeeze in over 15 months??

Sarah M said...

Just today I was going to email and see if your family was going to get out here to Oregon to reunite some of these kids we have. I can still hear M saying "Tizita" while talking to my little miss at the guesthouse.

But what bigger plans you have! I am so happy for you and your family. I would go with you in a heartbeat if I could. Have been dreaming a similar dream about living in Africa myself lately. :)

Will be praying!

Heather said...

Oh boy. Breaking wide open my heart too. Man, something big is going to happen here. I just know it!

Carolyn said...

wow...how exciting and big and amazing and more exciting....the song that popped into my head when I read your post is "He's got the whole world in His hands". What an amazing God giving us life abundantly full of adventure. Blessings on your preparation.

Thee FireWife said...

Thats awesome! And you're right, God's got this. He's sooo in control of whats about to come down the pipe towards you. Very excited for/with you!

Jenn said...

Well...you moving to Kenya is going to make it infinitely harder for us to actually meet in person at some point. That is unless...we move to Kenya too ;) But I think God has had something BIG in mind for your family for a long time. And although I'm crying happy (and a little fearful) tears for you right now...I'm not at ALL surprised that He's calling you to do this. And definitely not surprised that you are answering that calling with a resounding YES! Love to you. You will ALWAYS have a friend in the cornfields cheering you forward. We'd love to come alongside and help in ANY way we can!!!

Joy Kinard said...

I was intently reading and half way through I said "Wait, what?"

Girl. I am so Proud with a capital P. Who else WOULD He choose?

No one. That's who.

He called YOU because He knows you are obedient. He knows He can count on you.

In the thick of the hard you are already swimming through, He knew you'd say yes to Him.

Hold on... I have to go and dance for you!


Farmgirl Paints said...

Oh my goodness. This is major. We are flawed...most of the people He chose to use were. He's got great things. Great things in store!! So excited for you.

Karen Siddiqi said...

That's AMAZING. I'm so in awe of your absolute obedience.

Jorth! said...

Wow! You are incredible!

Michelle said...

How exciting! I hope you take us along on your journey. :-) I have so much to say that I can't say anything at all. I know this new adventure will be wonderful!

Captain Murdock said...

Oh my word. This is the most amazing thing I've read in I don't remember how long!!!

emily wierenga said...

i have tears in my eyes. i've been reading kisses from katie, and have felt drawn to africa as well. just this morning i said to trent, "isn't that what we're supposed to do? sell everything we have and go live with the poor? isn't that what the bible tells us to do?" and here you are, going and doing it. oh friend. i knew i felt drawn to you for a reason. we share the same heart. love you.

Sarah said...

Super exciting news! Lifting your family up to the Mountain Mover!

and...YOU WERE IN PEACHTREE CITY, GA?!?!? My parents live there! (not far from our neck of the woods either) Did you get to ride a golf cart?? ;)

rahel said...

So exciting! What a great adventure lies before you! What do the kids think about this? I wish you good luck and I am looking forward to read more...

Jen Bontrager said...

Wow. God bless you. My sis lives in Tanzania. Her and her husband and son frequently visit Nairobi to see her brother--in-law and his family.

elizabeth said...

I am so excited to read of this new adventure for the Kingdom that you and your family are on. My husband and I just returned yesterday from two weeks in Ghana, West Africa. My daughter and her family are missionaries there. My brother has served as a missionary in Ethiopia, then Rwanda, then Uganda. His oldest daughter attended and graduated from Rift Valley! Please keep blogging so I can follow, and pray for, your family.

Jennifer Shults said...

Well I'm late to the game here but I must know more. And say I'm so excited for you... this is so up your alley it's not even funny. You will so thrive and excel and be amazing at this. but I must know more about what you will be doing, how long you will stay. how are the kids... and I'm not gonna lie I'm a little jealous.

hannah singer said...

whoever said 'he doesn't call the equipped, he eqips the called'...
i agree with that.

praise jesus for this news! what a joyful, precious time, to get a directive such as this. excited beyond words to see the lord work through your family in kenya.
please keep us in the loop on how best to support you!

praying and praying. xo

lulu and family said...

what an announcement! from where i am sitting, they have just the right couple and family for the job, particularly knowing god is calling, he is with you, and he is our great provider and worker of wonders! i am very happy for you all, and at the moment, particularly so for little m. wow, he will live in his homeland again. what a special and beautiful picture. rich blessings to you, nic!

Anonymous said...

My husband graduated from RVA in 1990-He is so blessed to have been born and raised in Congo and to have gone to school in Kenya. His older sister even returned there to be a dorm mom for a few years. Grab the reins and hold on tight-God will lead you on an exciting and HIM filled adventure! Holly

MP said...

I'm absolutely floored, and so excited for you at the same time! I'm thrilled you are sharing this part of the journey with us. I soak up the goodness that you post on here and I will be so so sad if you can't continue, but my heavens! what a glory and loved filled move you are making.

Roxanne said...

HI! FOund you from Flower Patch and interested since my family has lived in Tanzania for the past 4 years- it has been a crazy ride but God is so big- Mungu ni Mkubwa- just wanted to encourage you all as you set out- have been to Rift too! We are on an island in TZ. Safari njema!