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Posts from — May 2014

Another New Arrival

The Gass Family

We are happy to announce that we are expecting a new addition to our family! Baby Gass is due to arrive the end of November. We are so thankful to God for answering our prayers! Please continue to join us in prayer:

  1. We plan for the delivery to take place in Nairobi, Kenya. This means that we will need to travel there in November or possibly October, either by plane or truck. Please pray for wisdom and safety in travel, as well as a safe and healthy delivery.
  2. A significant amount of paperwork goes into having a baby in a foreign country. Please pray that the required paperwork will go through smoothly after the baby’s birth.
  3. Please pray for a healthy pregnancy for both me and for the baby. Everything looks good so far.
  4. Please also pray for strength for me to continue to fulfill my responsibilities in our home and with language learning. I need God’s grace to daily love Ian, especially when I am tired and not feeling well.

Thank you!

May 30, 2014   3 Comments

Karen and Rachelle

Since January of this year, we’ve had two new members of our team here in Mwanza. Karen Streeter and Rachelle Miller joined us as volunteers for Tumaini Children’s Home. They have been a blessing to Beth Roark as they have relieved her of much of the less administrative work that goes into the day-to-day responsibilities of the ministry. Also, since the children began attending a private school, their level of education has improved and so has the amount of their homework load. Karen and Rachelle, along with Beth and Maiwe, help the children with their homework on weeknights. On the weekends these two ladies have developed classes to tutor the children in areas in which they need more practice.

Karen, Rachelle, and Ian

Ian with Karen (left) and Rachelle (right)

Rachelle and Karen have also been a wonderful blessing to our family. They have become good friends to me, and Ian loves them too! He gets very excited when “Kayen” or “Shelle” come over or volunteer to take him on a walk. This has been a great help to me as well. They have volunteered to watch Ian during my language lessons on Mondays and on Wednesdays when they are available. Their help has made it possible for me to concentrate on language during those times, rather than chasing after Ian while attempting to learn Swahili.

We are thankful Karen and Rachelle have joined us here, and I am happy to say that they have committed to minister to the children of Tumaini at least until the end of this calendar year!

May 27, 2014   No Comments

New Arrivals

The 5 New Arrivals and Rachelle

The 5 New Arrivals and Rachelle

Tumaini Children’s Home received five new children last month. These four and five-year-olds have been handed over to us at the request of another orphanage in Mwanza which is only prepared to care for infants and toddlers.

Aparrently there has been something of an epidemic in recently orphaned children recently. We are grateful that God has sufficiently provided the means so that we can become a part of their lives. Please pray with us that we (especially the employees and volunteers at Tumaini) will bear the added responsibility with wisdom and trust in God.

As usual, more information on the children and their adjustment into the family here can be found at Tumaini’s blog here.

May 20, 2014   No Comments

Launguage Progress Present and Future

In the most recent update video we thanked you for your prayers for our progress in language learning. We know that some of the credit for our progress is due to all of you who have labored with us in prayer. So, thanks again…and congrats! [Read more →]

May 16, 2014   No Comments

April-May 2014 Ministry Update

We recorded a short video for this month’s update.

Prayer Update

  1. Despite problems with our own vehicle, we were able to arrange reliable transportation to Nairobi for errands, doctors’ visits, and picking up Matt’s parents, who were visiting us for a couple weeks. As we prayed, God granted us safe and problem-free travel.
  2. The past few months have provided numerous learning experiences that have proved to be more fruitful because the senior members of our team are currently away. In short, God has given us a fuller picture of the good and bad of happenings within our churches. These learning experiences are an answer to prayer.
  3. Please continue praying for Mtabidi, who recently professed new faith in Christ. He has yet to appear for a church service. Pastor Samson and I have visited him; more promises have been made, but no results yet.
  4. We have been blessed with what we perceive to be unusually good health for such an adverse environment. That being said, we are currently exploring options to fill a few gaps in our health care needs. Please pray for wisdom and provision to find what we need.

May 9, 2014   2 Comments