Sunday, September 29, 2013

“We must cherish one another, watch over one another, comfort one another, and gain instruction that we may all sit down in heaven together.” ― Lucy Mack Smith

There was no blog yesterday because we were at Missionary Fellowship till late, then heavy rain and no internet.  Welcome to Africa.  The fellowship was wonderful.  All twenty of the Australian Anglican mission team was there (eight are staying with us) and a pastor from Sydney, Australia, brought the message from Colossians that was very good.  There must have been fifteen to twenty kids under the age of 10 which always keeps us young.  There were missionaries from Canada, Norway, America, Australia, and the U.K. in attendance.  It is so nice to be able to get together even though we serve in different locations and almost never run into one another during the week.  We do this once a month as a pot-luck lunch with singing, a children's program, a Bible message, and then dessert and coffee.  Many travel for more than an hour to get to these gatherings, but we are always blessed by those who join us.  We get to hear how people are getting along (some have had cancer, car crashes, etc.), and of course, we all had shopped or eaten at the mall in Nairobi that was attacked recently.  We said good-bye to one couple who are returning to their home country for good after serving here for six years and have bittersweet feelings about leaving.  Another couple is leaving in mid-December after a two-year stay (it is their car we are buying), but this is the way of missionaries.  Every year, some leave for good, some go home for a six-month or one year furlough and some new ones come who have answered God's call.  Good food, good message, and good fellowship.  Hard to beat that combination.

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