Taylor and Avery were able to have a quick overnight camping trip for some special bonding time recently. They stopped and got a cute pic overlooking the great rift valley on the way!
Taylor to the rescue! We had some guests from upcountry this weekend and were so excited to offer them a place to stay with city power and warm showers….and we ended up being without power for most of their stay. Taylor was problem solving and found this little guy had friend himself on a circuit board making a connection that shouldn’t be made and shutting off our power! Taylor removed the perpetrator and fixed us all back up, warm showers for everyone!
A belated Happy 4th to all our American friends! The holiday feel is here in Nairobi with the end of Ramadan coming up tomorrow, and it is a public holiday so we might have some friends over to bbq or wait until Taylor arrives back this weekend! We so appreciate the freedoms we enjoy as Americans and continue to pray for America and all countries to turn and seek after God and his ways.
Thank you so very much for continuing to lift us up in your prayers! Apologies for silence last month as we had a very full month of end of school year events, Taylor re-cooping from his three week trip to Thailand and prepping for his current trip to the States, a great leadership/coaching workshop Taylor attended (thankfully just across town), hosting many wonderful visitors, and celebrating our 13th! anniversary!
Here are our prayer praises and requests for July
Thank you for your prayers for the rains/flooding we had in May. The rains have moved on and we had a few weeks of colder weather but now back to sunny weather and have dried out again. Homes, businesses have been repaired and some buildings have been evacuated to get torn down and rebuilt safely.
Praise and Prayer for safe, productive and encouraging work trips for Taylor and his media team. Their time in Thailand was filled with many long, busy days helping to run the media for a conference and see how they work as a team with very little prior interactions together. There have been some bumps as to be expected with a new team forming but overall things went smoothly. This month they were able to gather together in the States for a time to get to know one another in a retreat type setting and work on some fun projects without the daily time crunch! Most begin their travels to other projects or back to the countries they serve in today, we are very much looking forward to having Taylor back late Saturday evening!
There is so much injustice going on in the world right now it seems, but you may have seen that an attorney with IJM here in Nairobi was killed along with his client and their taxi driver.You can read more, here . We have known many friends who have come to work for IJM and really appreciate all they are doing to promote justice here in Kenya and around the globe. Please pray that the police who were being charged in the case being brought to the courts, and may be involved with the murders be brought to justice. Pray for those who are really guilty be the ones found and charged and that this might be something that spurs Kenya on to clean up the policing system and hold those in leadership accountable to the same laws they are entrusted to enforce. For some reason this incident really hit me hard as reminder of this not being our home, we have an enemy that is active, and our desperate need for a Savior. Please continue to lift up the IJM family and the families of those who lost their lives. IJM had recently won perhaps the first case being brought against a corrupt policeman here in Kenya, may their handwork continue on.
A praise again for the home the Lord and generous supporters provided for us this year. We have a great set up to host visitors in this current home and have really enjoyed hosting many wonderful friends and family. This has been an encouragement to me, Allison, as an easy in-home ministry to have.
Praise for a anniversary date night! One of the families we have gotten to know from our church has an older daughter, who had her own car!, and loves to babysit! This is a huge praise as this brings some much needed opportunity for being a couple!
And last but not least, we have been keeping somewhat quiet out of shock. We have a surprise blessing of a new little one arriving this October. Baby girl Martyn will be arriving towards the end of the month and we are slowly getting use to the many changes this brings to our family. Praise for this gift of life and for overall good health for both baby and mama so far. Please pray for peace to surround us all and for continued good health.
Thank you again and again for your prayers!
One of the really cool things about living on this side of town is being close to a forrest with some great trails to enjoy with friends during school breaks!
We are thankful for dear friends who we get to walk alongside of while we can. One dear family who we have walked alongside of since we first started to look at heading to Sudan with SIM is heading on to a new chapter the Lord has for them. Though it is sad it is exciting to see what lays ahead of them and so grateful for the time we had together. Until we meet again!
Dear Praying Friends,
April just flew by! Thank you again for joining with us in prayer, we appreciate it. Below are our prayer requests for May.
Praise for having Taylor home for most of April! Prayer for preparations for his next journey 30 April- 20 May. He will be in Thailand for a Wycliffe communications conference and other meetings. Prayer for final editing of the films Taylor and his team have been working on that will be shown throughout the conference, prayer for the many details Taylor will oversee managing the media for the conference itself. Prayer for safety in travel to and around Thailand for all those attending the conference. Prayer for good team unity for Taylor’s team and praise for another opportunity to work together face to face. Prayer for his other meetings to be productive, encouraging and help inspire new ways to promote what the Lord is doing in Bible translation projects around the world!
Praise for a great school term for Avery at her school and a relatively smooth adjustment. Prayer to help us focus and end this term well. Prayer for the needed funding to come in for both kiddos to be able to attend next year.
Praise for a clear answer to the prayer about if Allison should take on a ministry opportunity. For now the Lord has told us it would not be best for our family, especially over the school holidays and with Taylor’s travels. Praise that the Lord really has helped me to be content and thankful to have this opportunity to poor into our family for this season.
Praise for a great Spiritual Life Conference with SIM Kenya last month. It was wonderful to reconnect with our SIM family and meet many new families who have come over the last year.
We appreciate your prayers so very much and could not do this without partners like you supporting us. Thank you!
Allison for us all!
We have an urgent extra prayer request. Could you pray for the rains in Nairobi to slow. Rain is a blessing, especially now for planting, but we have been having such heavy rains that it is causing some pretty sever flooding in areas. As you may have seen in the news a building and several support walls have collapsed around town. Many children have been reported lost in areas with flash flooding and many homes in slum areas have been washed away. Some of the homes we have previously lived in have had pretty bad flooding, up to waist high. We are now in an area that is a bit higher in elevation and have not had flooding issues but would appreciate prayers for all those who have lost loved ones and those who have lost their belongings/homes.
As usual we had a great time at our annual Spiritual Life Conference with our SIM Kenya family! More details to come in our next newsletter!
Happy Easter! We pray you all are enjoying this time of reflection on celebrating our Lord and Saviour’s resurrection!
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