We have just finished our first HMA (home ministry assignment) and are getting settled back at Tenwek. There are so many ways to do HMA, different lengths, different strategies. We are still processing our time as we get settled back home here in Kenya. Thank you to those who prayed us through our traveling and transitions. While we continue to get our feet, I wanted to share some thoughts from Eden...
We asked Eden if she'd be willing to share her thoughts about being a missionary here. When we've been traveling, we have been pleasantly surprised at how excited she is to talk about her experiences. She's got a lot to say about it....
"I want you to know when I think of Kenya, I think of green fields, thousands of birds, and a bunch of friends. But you probably think of dry grass and a vast plain. But since I've been there, I know what to think of. Instead of homeschool, one missionary parent from every family teaches a different subject to all the missionary kids, including their own child. And very often mom goes out to the Kenyan villages, and dad always seems to have emergency cases and operations. But sometimes we get to play."
What do you miss the most about Kenya?
"Friends, the warm air and room to run and get exercise in."
Where is your favorite place to be in Kenya?
"At the lower field on the Tenwek compound."
What's the hardest and the best thing about being missionary kid?
"The hardest is, when you get to the place you are going overseas to, you become different. You come to love it there. But when you are in the USA you change back to the old you. And you want to be the Kenya you. The best is, when you are in the US, you get to be the center of attention all year."
What characteristics of Kenya have become part of you?
"Drinking chai, waking up at sunrise and I am used to being hot."
What did you think of your first HMA?
"It was pretty hard in America. Nothing really felt familiar anymore. And I really missed friends from Kenya. I did like getting to see my family again, especially my cousins. I really had fun at Christmastown in VA and at Yankee Candle Factory. And I did love dying my own candles."
We are pretty proud of this girl. She's been brave in sharing about her experiences and talking to groups without shying away. She must get that public speaking gene from her father.
Mike (pediatric surgeon) and Julie (nurse/mother to two) living in Kenya, East Africa