Hujambo, habari za Jumapili? Jana habari za Kanisa? Jana tu li kwenda Kanisa na Mchungaga Petero. Mchungaga Petero ni walimu.
Greetings, how are you, how was your Sunday? How was church yesterday? We went to church with Pastor Peter. Pastor Peter is our teacher.
We are beginning our second week of language school. Phew!!! For the first three weeks we only go half day. We are generally exhausted. Praise God they ease us in.
Several afternoons we have taken a trip to the market. This is where we buy our fruits and vegetables, eggs and milk. It’s two miles away and pretty much up hill the whole way. The road is rough. Between the altitude, our lack of shape and the terrain – it makes for quite a workout.
We have chosen to stay in this afternoon. This is good and has allowed me to get a bit more organized with ministry business that we have needed to tend to or at least think on.
I have just started 1 John in my tea time with Jesus. That is where I will be teaching from next month at the CC Women’s Conference in Nairobi. I love how John states his purpose in verse 3 – that which we have seen and heard we declare to you, that you also may have fellowship with us; and truly our fellowship is with the Father and His Son Jesus Christ.
As I read that this morning and again this afternoon – I find my heart crying out to see and hear more of HIM. To those God crosses my path with – I want to declare from experience, from true fellowship – all that God has done and is doing.
Have you ever met someone that just radiates Jesus? From their speech, to their actions, in their eyes and their smile – you just see the love of Jesus cover and flow from them. The fruit of HIS Spirit is abundant… love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, kindness, goodness, faithfulness and self control… there is no mistake they walk in the Spirit.
That is my prayer. That through this journey, through the difficulty of separation, the challenge of new language and culture, the uncertainly of tomorrow, that through all this, we are brought in closer and closer to our Lord and that the fragrance of Christ is sweet and powerful in our lives.
Please continue this week to pray for our learning. Pray for our energy and acclimation to the altitude and terrain. Pray for wisdom in use of our time. Pray for a filling of HIS SPIRIT and equipping of His power.
We love you all so much. We are praying regularly for you individually and collectively. Please keep us posted as to how we can pray specifically.
Praying for you both! This last trip to Swaziland reaffirmed the importance of language study when living amongst a new people. I praise God that it’s something you all are doing as I was able to witness first-hand the importance of it! May your mind be always absorbing the lessons, the culture and the people around you! May our Lord grant you a supernatural ability to learn this new language with speed and accuracy!
oh AMEN, Melissa — AMEN!!!! Thank you my friend!
Have I ever met someone who just radiates Jesus? The first person who popped into my mind was YOU! I can only think of a few people who *radiate Jesus*, and you’re one of them. Like, if you look in the dictionary for “radiates Jesus”, your photo is probably right there. It’s always a joy to be with you, and that is contagious! I have no doubt that even on your worst days there, you will reflect and radiate Him.
Praying for you and your daily challenges. The difficulty is part of the lesson, not just an obstacle in the way of the lesson. Lot’s of love from Cody, Holden and I.
Thank you sweetie for your loving encouragement! PRAISE GOD for any glimps of HIM – eh??? Thank you for your prayers my sweet sister! BIG Nanny Kari hug to that beautiful boy of yours — yea,,, both of them 😉
Kari, is your language school on Ndemi Rd. right next to Sandavy House? That is where we stay when we fly into Nairobi, and then leave the next a.m. for our village. If so, we might have a chance to see you if you are still there May 13th when we get there!!
SUE!!!! You are coming???? No that is not where we are — there are many language schools. We are up in Limuru. But — I am SO THERE!!!! We should have a car by then. I would love love love to meet up with you. We will keep in touch. We will likely still be in school so I will just take the day to come over. I am sure that will be okay.
How long are you here this time? OH I am so excited!
this brought tears to my eyes sweet friend. you impacted me so deeply despite our brief face to face meetings and I just know God is going to use you so MIGHTILY for his people xoxoxoxoxo you are a shining example of his love and grace
I do love you Vikki Ruby!!!! You, your boys and JON RUBY too!!! Your family is very special to mine – all of us!