WE ARE WALKING WITH THE MOST VULNERABLE AND INVITING OTHERS TO DO THE SAME
Women and children in Kenya are generally marginalized and voiceless.
Our vision is to be ever-present in their stories, bringing eternal hope through relief and development work, and helping others understand their story. We serve through The Circle Story, Inc. To see what is happening on the ground visit tazamania.com
Family, Fashion & the Future
Are you wondering what we're up to?
The short version
·Anyone watching must be thinking we are really
·Feeling the American weight of comfort in
·In Indy this school year, several weeks in
Orlando and heading back to Kenya next July
·Focused on family and a long-term vision in
·Thank you for being involved in the story.
·Pray with us.
You can read on if you want the long version.
A lot of things happen
when you are out of country for extended periods of time.Coming from Kenya, re-entrymakes you feel a bit like an alien coming
from another planet.The first month or
so was a little cloudy, almost like waking up out of a deep comatose sleep.
·Well, there are silly things like that Taco Bell
is now is up to 7 layers on a burrito.
·We are now back to pegging our pant legs like in
·I’m not sure how to feel about “man-buns.”
·There is wi-fi literally everywhere, which has
compounded my social media usage by 10,000;
·but wait, I’m not sure I said that right since
even math has changed.
·Feeling overwhelmed by the number of selections
available and food choices I can make at the store.
·Learning to drive again on the right side of the
road, or wait is it the left?
·There are just plain sad things like first now
learning about people or famous figures who have passed on since our last time
Overall, we are catching up to practical life, which seems
so much smarter and automated than a few years ago.How do we ever live in Kenya without some of
these things?The re-entry learning
curve can be really steep! It makes us feel like we’re behind the rest of
society and that anyone watching must be thinking we are really weird right
now.You get it, on and on…
Actually, we are kind of missing life in Kenya.
It seems crazy to think that, since life there feels so twisted and backwards a
lot of the time, but at this point, Kenya life all seems to have more
meaning.We are really feeling the American
weight of comfort in consumerism and are burdened to reach into that space this
year and point others towards the hope of the Gospel.Our time in Africa will help us do that.
Truly, although our hearts are still in Kenya, we are
settling in back in the US and see God’s hand and providence in our being
here.Our plan is to remain here in
Indy through this school year; then spend several weeks in Orlando before
heading back to Kenya next July, Lord willing.
This year is about family for us.Our kids are growing up and before we know it
will move out on their own.It has felt
like an awkward phase of parenting, particularly trying to do it from opposite
sides of the world.So, this is about
helping our kids adjust and gain some traction in America and pointing them in
the right direction.It’s our effort to
give them a boost into something good, following Jesus, to give us peace and a
focus towards a long-term vision in Kenya, for the sake of the Gospel.
There is a lot still happening on the ground in Kenya. We
have left the Hatua Community Centre
in great hands and continue to passionately tell their stories.The local churches are abiding in the midst
of challenges, the Bible school training is growing, hurting people are being
helped, loved and impacted for the sake of the Gospel.Ministry goes on.Other than talking, our Facebook posts are
the best way to keep up with current stories in Kenya.We will soon share the greater vision and
telling what will be needed to get there.
This year is about preparing for the long-term.We are furthering our understanding of
community development, Kiswahili language studies, writing about learned
principles, sharing the vision, fundraising , connecting and serving with the
Your thoughts, prayers and gifts have gone a long way.We hope you will continue to share in this
story with us and connect with those we love in Kenya.It is all for the glory of our Creator and
for the sake of the Gospel as we await the Kingdom someday.
Would you pray for us
during this year?
·Learning to trust that the Lord will provide for
our kids - college, jobs, passion and faith.
·Clarity as the Lord leads us in the future
vision – sharing, writing and implementing.
·Traveling back to Nairobi a couple times this
year – Brad, November 3-16th.
·For the churches and ministry center in our
neighborhood – Ngando, Nairobi, Kenya.
·Daily faithfulness as we try to honor what the
Lord has planned for this year.