They say it takes a million mistakes to learn a language. If that's true then we're about halfway there! We just finished language school this week and moved back to Tenwek. It's nice to finally be able to settle in our new home, but we will miss the friends we made after three months at Brakenhurst.
Julius was one of the guards on the compound. He would draw pictures of animals and leave them on the porch for Eden. He also tried to teach Caleb how to jump like a maasai warrior. Caleb would try, with much enthusiasm, however his feet would't leave the ground and then he'd fall on his bum.
Rose would help with laundry and cooking while we all had school. She really loved Caleb. He would always try to 'help' her in the house, usually making a bigger mess.
Our last day of class with the language school staff and a couple of the students there. Mike and I are now trying to figure out a way to talk the school into moving next to Tenwek. We will miss them. While we are so excited for the next phase of life in Kenya, we are sorry that it takes us away from the friends we've already made.
Mike flew to Mombassa last week and by God's grace was able to clear the shipping container thru customs. A heavy storage fee was charged due to a mistake by the US shipping company. But no additional taxes or fees were charged! A HUGE relief to have that hurdle completed.
A big answer to people's prayers came not only in the news above...but also in helping us avoid "extra fees". One person tried very hard to convince us he needed a "little something extra" to allow us thru the process. Amazingly he once had to bring his own son to Tenwek for help - and the boy recovered. Somehow that "extra" fee disappeared and we were granted clearance.
So grateful for God's provision and your support!
The container is due to reach our home at Tenwek Monday. We pray it will arrive safely and on time. It will take a large group of people and a few tractors to transport the items to our door down the hill (far too steep and small of a road for a tractor trailer) and to the other two families who shared the container with us.
Excited for our move to be finally complete!!!
The container we shipped to Kenya back in October is 'stuck' at the coast. It was supposed to be transported to Nairobi where we could clear it through customs. However, things are not quite going according to plan. Mike and another missionary are flying to Mombasa tomorrow to see if they can get it cleared quickly and efficiently. Each day that it is sitting at the dock we are being charged a fee. We know there are bigger things going on in the world right now, but will you pray with us that this doesn't turn into a long, slow and painful thing. Please pray that we have favor with the customs agents, and can bring the container to Tenwek without exorbitant fees. Thank you in advance for your prayers.
Mike (pediatric surgeon) and Julie (nurse/mother to two) living in Kenya, East Africa