We hope you can pour some coffee and sit down for a few minutes – we have several things to share with you. Resources – both our abundance of them, and the genuine, widespread need for them – are a big part of why we went to Kenya last year. Many African pastors and teachers that we met expressed their desire for education, training, and encouragement, so it was truly a humbling privilege for Ryan to work towards those needs at Bridgeworld College. Please do continue to pray for the work there and all those involved in it, including Dr. Lee and his wife Sue, all of the staff who became dear friends to us, and the remaining instructors, including Dr. Choi, whom we also consider a good friend and encouraging colleague. Dr. Choi is a missionary professor from South Korea, and has served at Bridgeworld for several years now. For him to continue there, with his family, he does also need continued financial support. If this is something you could do, please contact us or visit his support site here: Support Dr. Choi Don’t be scared off by the Korean text 😉 The path to donate is simple, and available in English. We pray his needs will be met in abundance.
Another resource we are excited about is the Africa Study Bible, a project by Oasis International, who, in recognition of the need for African resources and the inestimable value of African voices in producing these resources, are a ministry devoted to fostering a robust and sustainable pan-African publishing industry. God’s Word is the foundation for change in people’s hearts and lives, and Oasis is committed to making Scripture available and understandable to Africans. Please pray for the distribution of the new Study Bibles, and for the power of the gospel to work through these pages.
While we were in Nairobi, we became acquainted with AIM (Africa Inland Mission), several missionaries that serve in Kenya through AIM, such as our dear friends, the Blohm family, and the counseling arm of AIM, Tumaini Counselling Centre. Tumaini is the Swahili word for “hope,” and they seek to bring hope to missionaries on the field through the resources of mental health services and pastoral care. We personally received hope and care from them in the event of the stillbirth of our son Findley, while we were in Kenya, and we are grateful for their compassion and comfort. If you would like to find out more about Tumaini, please do visit their website. Through there, you can also contribute to their ministries, and if you would like to remember our son with a gift, we suggest their current building project to provide affordable housing for their staff. We think this is one small way God can take the pain of losing a child and work something good.
Finally, a personal resource we would like to share is this 30-day devotional, written by Amy Roberts as she grieved the death of a young daughter several years ago. Psalms For the Grieving Heart begins with Psalm 31, and works through the passages in a personal and insightful way. Reading and praying through this devotional was an important part of our early days of grief. God’s Word has power like nothing else, and no-one else. Still today, when memories and tears threaten to overwhelm, we are reminded to turn to the Lord and to Scripture; when people disappoint, He is faithful; when it feels like we are alone, He is present. We are grateful that Amy was given the courage and grace to share of her journey and of the wisdom God has given her along the way.
We pray today that the resources we have talked about here will be a blessing to you, and further, that you will be able to be a blessing through them. Thank you for keeping up with us by stopping by our kitchen table.
For from him and through him and to him are all things.
To him be glory forever. Amen.
~ Ryan & Jody