In case you didn't receive our monthly newsletter, read on for some exciting news!
First of all, we are coming back for a visit! We’ll be back from September 5th until October 4th to fundraise, fellowship, and eat lots of yummy food. We are pretty limited on time during the weekends, but if you would like to catch up during the week, please let us know as soon as possible. We would be more than delighted to personally thank you for your prayers and support while eating a double-double from In-N-Out or a California burrito!
Secondly, we have finally been approved for a work permit! This means we can be here without having to renew our visas every three months. Renewing visas is a little unsettling because we never know if we will draw the short straw and get denied another extension. Once we have the work permit in hand, we will be able to apply for our alien ID card, which will allow us to travel more freely to visit the teams throughout East Africa and overcome some logistical challenges, like setting up a bank account. Having a permit also means we can legally remain in the country for three more years.
After assessing the work that needs to be done, discussing with Kenyan and American Youth Venture leadership, and, of course, praying for wisdom and counsel, we feel there is a strong possibility of us staying here for those three extra years. Knowing we may be here longer than originally expected, we hope to move out of our quaint apartment and into a place more accommodating for hosting wageni (visitors, like you!) as well as various team members.
We found a potential future home (see above), but like most houses around here it is a bit of a fixer-upper. We hope to raise at least $3,000 by August to get the house in a suitable living condition before we move in. As co-laborers of the kingdom, we ask that you continue to pray for our time here as well as helping us reach this goal.
Donations and contributions can be made to Foothills Christian Church by clicking here. You can also mail a check to the church office at 350 Cypress Ln., Suite B, El Cajon, CA 92020. Just be sure to earmark the gift with “Chans Kenya Home.” As always, gifts are tax-deductible.
We thank each and every one of you for coming alongside us and for continuing to invest in the future of East Africa. While it may seem like you are merely supporting a small family of three, know that you are part of our mission. The work here could simply not be done without you! We pray that God’s mercy and grace would abound in your lives as you faithfully sow into the harvest of East Africa.
Mungu Awabariki (God bless you),
Jeremy & Rheanna