• family,  travel

    florida, we love you

    Hello Summer! The day after the kids got out of school we headed down to Orlando so that Dave could do his annual flight training and so we could have a family vacation. Dave’s parents came along – I’m so grateful that we get along so well. As you can see, there were tons of good times…we had a lot of late nights, delicious dinners out, fun in the ocean and at theme parks, and swimming in the pool. We also had a few snags…both kids got stung by wasps on the playground (at different times) and I got barbed by a sting ray about an hour into our beach…

  • faith,  travel

    africa: safari

    I can hardly believe it’s been over two weeks since our trip to Kenya. At times it feels like so long ago and at other times it feels like I was just there. At the end of our trip we were blessed to do a safari and if you ever go to Africa I highly recommend that you do one. There is just no way to really describe what you see on safari. It’s amazing to see the animals in the wild, some literally a foot from the van. We had a lioness walk right in front of our parked van with her baby cub. We got to see zebra…

  • faith,  travel

    kenya: villages

    Our last day before we left for safari was my favorite. It was our last day of ministry and the one where I saw the most fruit. Earlier in the week we met with probably 1,000 kids but I didn’t know for sure the kind of impact that we made on their hearts. But this day, when we walked from village to village and told them about Jesus – that was a day that I can tangibly say that our trip made a difference. As we walked to the first village I didn’t know what to expect. The people didn’t know that we were coming – how would they receive…

  • faith,  make the difference,  travel

    kenya: isinon

    While in Kenya, we were blessed to visit a village called Isinon. The “road” to Isinon was very different than what I’ve seen here in the US. It was rocky and dusty and Isinon was very remote. I don’t know how we didn’t blow a tire during our two (or was it three?) hour drive. We made it to the village and immediately people started coming from every direction to greet us. The first thing that we did when we got there was walk a little way to their watering hole. The watering hole really is indescribable. As I’ve said, Kenya is in the dry season so this watering hole…

  • inspiration,  make the difference,  travel

    kenya: schools

    The main reasons our team was in Kenya was threefold: teacher training, pastor conference and school evangelism. I was on the school team & had a great time interacting with the kids in the village schools. Some of the kids walk for an hour each way in the heat to get to school. It’s so amazingly different from the world that we live in. The first day at the schools was as to be expected – full of uncertainty: of how we’d be received, of what we’d do with the kids all day, of what the language barrier would be, etc. Thankfully, the kids were excited to see us come…