Well, the day finally came; we made it to Kenya! First of all, thank you to everyone for your prayers, support, and encouragement. We had a great fundraising event at the beginning of August where the Lord doubled our fundraising goal expectations, and our home church was able to generate over $20,000 to help us start our new lives overseas. God is good!
After a full 24-hour day of traveling, we landed at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport at 10:30pm on Thursday, October 5th. It took some time to actually leave the airport - particularly because we were traveling with 4 adults, 1 toddler, and 15 pieces of checked luggage - but praise the Lord there were no hiccups with immigration nor did the customs officers open and search through all of our bags. Larry Neese greeted us with a couple of arranged drivers and took us to the Hampton House, which is essentially a hotel and short-term living compound for missionaries. We will be here until Sunday when we depart to our new home-town of Kitale - about 7-8 hours north of Nairobi.
We didn’t get much sleep on the first night due to the time change (PST + 10 hours), but we were able to squeeze in a couple of hours once Shiloh went down. In the morning, Jeremy went with Larry to make his application for his work permit, which will allow us to remain in Kenya for at least two years. It will be a few more days to complete the process, but there should not be any issue to obtain the permit. Later on that day, we went out and successfully purchased a new sofa set for our living room. We had our eye on a few other furniture pieces, like a bed set and coffee table, but we may be able to secure these items for a more affordable price in Kitale. It’s weird and slightly challenging trying to shop for items that will fill a new place when we haven’t actually seen the property, but we’re incredibly excited to make our place a home!
The concept of home has taken on a new meaning nowadays as we transition to living here. We hadn’t realized that dying to oneself and taking up His cross could mean such a hard thing as saying “goodbye” or “see you later” to your closest friends and family only to transplant to and minister in a completely foreign land. However, as we fix our eyes on Jesus and consider how He was similarly commissioned, we are encouraged and faithful that He is continually going before us and making a way, just as He has done since the very beginning of this opportunity. As we continue taking care of business and settling in, our hearts are expectant and hopeful to see Him glorified here.