Hard pressed on every side, but not crushed

I (Mark) am recently back from a trip to Nairobi, so apologies for being late in posting this update – most of this was written while there.

Tumaini

Tumaini team

Tumaini clinical team

I am writing this during a 3-week visit to Nairobi. So far I’ve spent a week with the Tumaini teams, a week attending the Africa Inland Mission (AIM) Health Forum for all members working in various areas of health ministry, and am just starting the AIM Leadership conference – 150 people who have any kind of leadership responsibilities in Africa Inland Mission.

During the first week the whole Tumaini clinical team – from Nairobi, Kampala and myself – met up to take stock, consider the future, to pray and to have fun together. They are a wonderful team – and two of our members who were currently in the US joined us via the internet for discussions in the middle of their night.  As we usually need to relate to each other via computer screens, it was special for me to have this time face-to-face!

However, we are also a team under real pressure: some others have had significant family pressures; a parent of one team member died recently while they were thousands of miles away; one has a significant health challenge which necessitates a trip back to their home country; the spouse of another has just had to cope with the death of their boss in a tragic accident. Is this just normal missionary life, or are we under sustained spiritual attack? I’m not sure, but either way, it is hard!

Our little centre in Kampala – a small ‘seedling’, which has not yet had time to put down deep roots – faces some uncertainties over future staffing. Should we ‘pull it up’, or beseech God to sustain and water it? We are doing the latter!

And from March until at least May, we will have just 3 clinical staff working in Nairobi; there used to be 10 in 2014-15.

Zebra

Zebra

Nonetheless, the team is full of faith, even if tired and stretched, and together we seek God’s will and direction for this work. It is easy for me to say that it is ‘obvious’ that this work needs to continue – for to me it certainly seems so! Yet we also know that God is always moving on, and so it is time for us to see what new things we need to be moving towards, or what old areas of work it is time to bring to a close, even if they have served well in the past. We trust that God has us in his hands and will show us the way forward.  So, please pray with us for clarity over God’s leading, and a willingness to follow with gladness.

Other things are developing very well: the psychologist who joined us short-term in October, is hoping to return to work with us for a longer period of time. She will be going back to the USA in March and intends to seek funding for her return longer-term. Please pray.

New staff housing units

New staff housing units

The new staff housing at the Tumaini Nairobi compound is in the finishing stages, and we expect to take possession of it by mid-March as promised – no small miracle in this place where ‘everything’ takes much longer than expected! (That is not to say that we have all the funding needed; far from it, for we have mainly done this with loans from within the mission that still need repaying.)

And it was wonderful to attend the church in Nairobi to which we had belonged, and to see friends who have not forgotten us. It also happened to be the day on which their new church centre was being opened, with a special service (8.45 to 1.00!) followed by ‘nyoma choma’ for everyone – a special meal of rice and roast goat meat – very tasty!

Mark, Gunilla and Judith - Tumaini leaders

Mark, Gunilla and Judith – Tumaini leaders

Well, the AIM Leadership conference has now ended. It was great to hear what God is doing across the organisation, and to catch up with many people. I also had an opportunity to talk about how Tumaini can best support leadership when members are going through difficult times.

Family news

By the end of November much of the work we wanted to do on our home had been completed, and we are pleased with the results. There is still some decorating and a few other things to do, but those can happen whenever there is time, energy and inclination.

When we last wrote, Barbara’s mother had just been admitted to hospital being short of breath. Initially this didn’t seem especially serious, but she was frail and declined very quickly over just a few days, dying in early December. We were blessed to be with her, and to be able to pray with her shortly beforehand. She was ready to let go of this world. The funeral was a week before Christmas, on a bright and very cold day.

It will be strange not to be travelling up and down to Reading to see her.

Please praise God with us for:

  • The wonderful team of clinical and support staff at the Tumaini centres in Nairobi and Kampala
  • That our short-term psychologist feels led to come back longer-term
  • The new staff housing being completed so well and in such a timely manner!

And please pray for:

  • The desperately needed new clinical staff for both Tumaini centres
  • For God’s clear leading as we plan for the future
  • The current team of clinicians, who are hard pressed
  • Funding to pay for the building work
  • Barbara as she grieves the loss of her mother.
Butterfly, Nairobi

Butterfly, Nairobi

And finally, here is a ‘bug of the month’ – a butterfly seen in Nairobi.  (It may be a common or garden something, for all I know, but I’m sure it spoke Swahili!)

Settling into our roles

After a long time of disorientation and disorder, we are now starting to settle into our various God-given roles.

Tumaini

Tumaini clinical team

Tumaini clinical team

I (Mark) continue to work for Tumaini in Nairobi and Kampala from my study at home, typically spending about 6 – 8 hours on Skype per week, plus dealing with a lot of emails and administration.   Here is a picture of our clinical team, where two colleagues in Kampala, and I near Cambridge, appear on a computer screen in Nairobi.

We were looking at some statistics about the work of Tumaini recently. In 2016 we saw 419 missionaries (individuals, couples or families), who were of 27 different nationalities, and who were working with 110 different mission organisations in 24 different African countries! We are very grateful and privileged to be able to further the work of Christian mission in this way!

The Lord is my Light and my Salvation

The Lord is my Light and my Salvation

We are also delighted to have been joined by Kay, a psychologist from the US, who is with us for at least 6 months. She is settling into the team very well and is on the right of the picture here. But our overall staffing level remains very low and we cannot meet all the requests we are receiving for help.  From November one of our psychiatrists went on home assignment in the US for 5 or 6 months, and in March one of our long-term counsellors leaves for at least a year, and is actually unsure what his plans are after that.   Please do earnestly keep praying for more long-term staff to join us so that we can support the front-line missionaries who are requesting help.

The building work on the Tumaini compound is still progressing well; it now has a roof, and work is moving to the internal structures. Praise God.  We build in faith that the money will come in, as we are still spending more than we are receiving.  There is more information at: http://tumainicounselling.net/about-us/give/

I plan to be in Kenya for about 3 weeks from late January to mid-February 2018 in order to reconnect with the team in person, as well as to attend conferences health workers and for leaders in Africa Inland Mission that are taking place in Nairobi.

Personal news

Found treasure!

Found treasure!

It is three months since we returned to live in our own home. We have happily settled back there, and have done an amount of work on the house to replace things that it needed, as well as getting some new furniture. And recently we have been unpacking boxes that were packed nearly 4 years ago, discovering both ‘treasures’ that we have forgotten we had – like some old cassettes (but how do we transfer them to my iPad??) – as well as stuff that we wonder why we kept! So, frequent trips to the local charity shop and dump have been a feature of life in recent weeks. Anyway, it is lovely to be ‘getting things straight’!

Barbara’s mother had been settling much better in her nursing home, but in the last few days has had trouble breathing, and today has been taken to hospital for treatment.  Meanwhile we are acting to sell her house – the same house that Barbara grew up in. Fortunately Barbara’s mother has been quite relaxed about selling, which has made life so much easier for us. There is a buyer wanting to purchase and the process is, so far, progressing well. We pray that this will be straightforward.

Barbara has started a series of sessions at the ‘cardiac rehab’ clinic in the local hospital – a combination of health advice and physical exercise – which she is finding very helpful. Meanwhile, I have done an evening curry-making course in recent weeks – but I’m wondering whether our two ‘pastimes’ are compatible…

In between these other activities, we spend quite a bit of time being grandparents, with the grandchildren often staying over the weekends. We enjoy this – and they seem to as well! – but we do realise why people tend to have children in their 20s and 30s, rather than in their 60s! Here I am imparting important life skills, such as how to fly a kite!

Please praise God with us for: 

  • the privilege of being part of God’s mission work
  • the psychologist who has recently joined the Tumaini team and is settling well
  • the progress of the building project at Tumaini, and for funds to complete the work.
  • that our house is getting straight and feeling like ‘home’ again

And pray with us for the following:

  • further professional staff to join the Tumaini team
  • for continued improvement in Barbara’s health
  • for Barbara’s mother’s health, and the completion of the sale of her house
  • and continued energy as we look after our grandchildren.

[And finally, apart from in my computer, I haven’t spotted any bugs this month; it’s been too cold!]

Building at Tumaini and being back at home

Tumaini

You may have heard on the news that recent Kenyan elections were declared void and people will be going back to the polls in mid-October. We thank God that the process has mainly been peaceful so far. Please pray that the results of the new election will be received peacefully.

Buiding at Tumaini - Aug 2017

Buiding at Tumaini – Aug 2017

In our blog last December I mentioned that we were about to start building some staff apartments on the Tumaini compound. Well, the start was delayed by some local politics, and we didn’t want to forge ahead without having everyone on board. But we are delighted that we were able to start in June and the work is now progressing fast. Here is a picture from this week.

We have over $70,000 of the $300,000 needed to complete the work (~£52k of £230k), but we carry on building in faith that the rest of the funds will come in from donations. (Please see http://tumainicounselling.net/about-us/give/ if you, or anyone you know, might be able to help.)

When our staff live near central Nairobi, their commute can be 90 minutes to 2 hours each way, even though this is only 5 – 7 miles away; having apartments on the compound will help enormously.   Ultimately our work is supporting those in the front line of mission work in Africa – but sometimes the success of our work comes down to bricks and mortar.

Praise God that next week we have a psychologist coming from the US to work with us for the next 6 months or so. To move continents, settle into a very different situation and to quickly pick up therapeutic work in a brief time is a big ask! Pray that she will be led and equipped by God to do just this.

Personal news

Mark & Barbara at home

Mark & Barbara at home

Some exciting news is that we are living back in our own home, though we were quite sad to leave the little barn and the family who graciously hosted us for more than a year. During the second week of August, we moved our belongings to our house.

We continue to praise God for all his answers to prayer, and for his giving us back the home he first gave us in 1996.

As we had sold or given away much of our furniture before we left for Kenya, we have another opportunity to live more simply. Pray that we will have God’s wisdom in what we buy, so that we do not again end up with too much stuff! Similarly, as we need to do some renovations – new carpets etc. – we need wisdom in planning just what to do.

Roses from the garden

Roses from the garden

Anyway, here are pictures of us outside our home and some roses from the garden.

Barbara’s health is rather up and down, so we put this back into God’s hands, trusting that he will enable us to do what he calls us to.

Barbara’s mother

I think Mum is beginning to accept being in the nursing home, though I doubt she’ll ever really like it. She is well cared for, and we go and see her regularly. We are now in a position to go ahead and put her house on the market. Initial tidying, sufficient to make the house presentable for sale, has been done, but the main clearance will come later.

Our church, Christ Church South Cambs (CCSC)

Following the summer break, it’s now time to take up leading a church Home Group again. This coming term, we are studying John’s gospel, which we haven’t done before as a church, and we are looking forward to doing this together.

Before we went to Kenya, we were on the church Mission Group, and we have been asked to take up that role once more. We are happy to do that as mission is very much on our hearts!

Please praise God with us for:

  • the psychologist who is joining the Tumaini team this month, and for her to make the transition smoothly
  • the progress of the building project at Tumaini, and for funds to complete the work.
  • the opportunity to lead a Bible study and the mission group at our church, and that we would do these faithfully for God’s glory
  • that we can be back in our own home, and for wisdom in doing some renovations

And pray with us for the following:

  • further professional staff to join the Tumaini team
  • Barbara’s health, particularly as she has further medical tests in the coming weeks
  • for the sale of Barbara’s mother’s house
  • our granddaughter (4) who has just started school and our grandson (nearly 2) as he adjusts to that, and for us as we look after them from time to time.
Swarm of bees

Swarm of bees

And finally

Here is our ‘bug of the month’ – a swarm of bees that took up residence outside the barn where we were living until recently. (They were safely collected by a local bee-keeper!)

 

 

Restoring the weary

Tumaini

Tumaini from the gardens

Tumaini from the gardens

The Tumaini team has been very busy preparing for and running the two-week Restore intensive counselling programme for missionaries who were struggling to keep going for one reason or another.

I was struck by the reports of the programme just after it finished. Roger Brown, a long-standing psychiatrist on the team who was responsible for much of the organisation, wrote:

Praise God for his work accomplished in the lives of the participants and their families and for His grace in sustaining us through: long days, short nights; lost luggage … arriving before the end of the retreat; stolen and broken computers yet other provisions working out; flight delay & rerouting & cancelations yet everyone arriving; the rush of getting the kitchen addition completed; repainting of mongoose stained walls; the mystery huge water leak which required bucket flushing and pitchers for hand washing …; breaking in new kitchen support staff and incredible challenges the first day, yet (our team) managing to put on great meals 3 times a day throughout the retreat; monkey invasions, power circuit overloads, various food shortages in the shops, car breakdowns, … yet God enabled us to carry on and work well together, trusting Him even in the midst of those challenges.  What a reminder that it isn’t our work but His and we need to keep our eyes on Him even when Satan wants to discourage or distract us.

Meanwhile the evaluation feedback from the participants was extremely positive and used phrases like:

  • “Totally awesome; I feel completely refreshed and ready to continue serving”
  • “This has restored hope in my usefulness to God”
  • “I’m really thankful for the Tumaini counselling staff, and the way they listened, empathised, and spoke wisdom into the unique situations I have been facing on the field”
  • “We are SO thankful, this was incredible”
  • “Unable to sustain the current level of stress and demands, we came to Restore looking for clarity and peace. We found so much more.”

Personally, I spend much of my time doing emails and Skype from the UK in support of the Tumaini teams in Nairobi and Kampala, but at times like this I am reminded what it is all for. It is wonderful to see how God uses Tumaini to restore his people who are weary and heavy-laden, and through them to bring the Good News to others in Africa.

Boating holiday

Boating holiday

Personal News

In June we were blessed to be able to have a week’s holiday on a 30ft cruiser on some local rivers. We went with Andrew our son, as he also needed a holiday, and we had a relaxing week with great weather.

Barbara’s mother had a number of falls in mid-June and ended up in hospital. Medics were clear that she needed more care now than could be provided in her own home, and it was fortunate that a room in a home providing nursing care was available – and it isn’t far from her own house.

Barbara and her mother

Barbara and her mother

She recognises that she cannot live at home any longer, but (very understandably!) feels that this new place is not the same as being in her own home, and is finding it hard to accept her new situation. We knew this time would come, and we are again wearing ruts in the road between Cambridge and Reading to visit and help her settle.

We hope to be able to move back into our own home in the coming weeks or months, but we are not sure of the exact timescale due to a complex set of circumstances.

Meanwhile we continue to lead a home-group in our home church, and are looking forward to spending 4 days next week near Nottingham with other members of Africa Inland Mission who are in the UK at present.

Items to pray about

Please give thanks and pray with us for:

  • God’s faithfulness to the Tumaini team and the participants of the recent Restore retreat, and that God would continue to use them to reach many others with his Good News
  • A great holiday
  • A suitable nursing home for Barbara’s mother, and that she would be able to settle there
  • The housing complications to be resolved, so that we can move back to our own home soon
  • To remember that “it isn’t our work but His and we need to keep our eyes on Him even when Satan wants to discourage or distract us”.

 

Bug of the month

Bug of the month

And finally, our bug of the month

Snapped while on holiday, some kind of dragonfly.  (All pictures can be seen larger if you click on them.)

 

 

 

Changing plans

When we last wrote this blog we were thinking about when we might go to Kenya for a while. In fact we got as far as booking a 5-week trip, to enable me (Mark) to spend time with the team at Tumaini and also to empty our apartment in Nairobi for use by another missionary. Well, plans come and plans go, but it is the will of the Lord that prevails.

A few days before flying, Barbara was diagnosed with a possible health problem and was advised not to fly, so we had to change our plans. After talking to the doctors and to colleagues in Africa Inland Mission, I decided to go alone, but for just 12 days, knowing that Barbara would have further tests after I returned.

Giving away possessions

Giving away possessions

So, after a brief trip to Nairobi I am now back in the UK, having given away a lot of things, sold others, and brought back the essentials to the UK – with just one excess bag! One of the things that we have learned over the last years is to ‘travel light’, and letting go of our possessions in Nairobi was actually a joy as we saw the delight in the eyes of Kenyan friends to receive, for example, an iron and ironing board, or some saucepans!

Tumaini

It was very good to see the team at Tumaini, but sad not to have longer together. With one colleague just leaving to go on ‘home assignment’ for a year after 5 years in Africa, that leaves just 5 clinical staff in the Nairobi centre – there were 10 in 2015 – and they are very hard pressed.

Celebration meal with Tumaini team

Celebration meal with Tumaini team

We are expecting a psychologist to come and work with us for 6 months from September, but the long-term counsellor who hoped to join us this July is likely to be delayed for a year until mid-2018 while she raises sufficient support. So, please continue praying for these people and for additional professional staff to join the team!

However, celebrate with us that our planned intensive 2-week residential counselling Restore programme in June is nearly fully booked. And also celebrate that the delay in our starting building new missionary housing on the Tumaini compound due to concerns by neighbours, is, we believe, now resolved.

Family news

Barbara’s mother continues to survive in her own home, with lots of support from family and 3 carers coming in each day.

Following recent tests, Barbara’s health concerns now seems to be less serious than first thought. These are showing ‘no significant problem’ so we are both relieved and praying that this is the end of the matter.

We continue to live in the barn belonging to good and kind friends. We expect to be able to move back into our own home in August, and are praying that this transition will be smooth. As we have been back in the UK but ‘squatting’ with friends for nearly a year, we will be very glad to get back into our own home when the time comes!

Prayer requests

Please thank God and celebrate with us:

  • That there are two new professionals who want to work at Tumaini, and pray that they will be able to come at just the right time
  • That the Restore programme in June is nearly fully-booked, and praying that it will be a time of healing and restoration for those attending
  • That Mark was able to spend a couple of weeks in Nairobi and spend time with the team, as well as empty our apartment there for another missionary to use
  • That Barbara’s health concern is less serious than first thought

And please pray with us:

  • For the existing staff at Tumaini who are hard-pressed, and for additional professional staff to be called to work with us
  • For patience as we wait to return to our own house
Joseph and a locust!

Joseph and a locust!

Bug of the month

And finally, a pic of our friend Joseph, with one of the bugs – a locust of some kind – that we rather miss in the UK!

 

 

Turning points

Winter sceneWe are settling into a ‘new normal’ – being in the UK while working part-time for Africa Inland Mission. We look out of the little barn where we are staying and see beautiful winter scenes.

Being the Tumaini Clinical Team Leader from a distance

Mark continues to work as the Clinical Team Leader for Tumaini Counselling Centre in Nairobi – whilst sitting in a barn near Cambridge UK!

There was a scramble to agree the budget for 2017 by the end of last year. Given that there are fewer counsellors, psychiatrists and psychologists in the team at present, this affects the projected income of the counselling centres for 2017, and thus the number of Kenyan and Ugandan staff we can afford to employ. This was a difficult circle to square, but we praise God for his past faithfulness, and trust that this will also work out in the coming year.

As well as the normal oversight and administration, I am directly supervising the work at Tumaini Kampala for five weeks at the moment while the Lead Counsellor there is back in Germany.

We are delighted to have interviewed two new clinical staff who are interested in joining Tumaini, and we would be very happy for them both to join us. However, there are various steps along the way before this is confirmed. One of these counsellors will be visiting Tumaini for a week in March with her family; please pray that she will be clear about her calling. Another is already working in a ‘creative access’ situation, so there is much to consider about how she might become part of the Tumaini team from where she is currently living and working. And there is also a psychologist who is able to join us short-term, probably 6-months. Praise God with us for each of these people, and pray that the way forward will be made clear to all of us.

In our last blog we wrote about the building project on the Tumaini compound. The start of the building work has been slightly delayed while we address our neighbours’ concerns. Schedules for building work are always somewhat provisional, but we pray this will soon be resolved and the building work can begin.

Family news

Barbara’s mother is doing better than we expected; she has not fallen again and has adjusted well to living back in her own home with three carers coming each day to help her with personal tasks and household chores. This situation won’t work forever, but we are grateful that it is for now.

The other difficult family situation that has kept us in the UK is starting to improve ‘slowly by slowly’ (as the Kenyans would say) but we need to remain on hand to support and encourage.

[In fact the Kenyan phrase ‘slowly by slowly’ not only implies ‘gradual’, but also ‘better’: the best way forward is to take one’s time and make steady, gradual progress; far better than a rushed job. So, as we are Westerners who are inclined to rush, this phrase is a useful reminder.  It also matches our experience over the last year, that God does all things well, and does them in His own time, and often slowly by slowly.]

I was preaching at our home church a week ago when our grandson Jonathan came up to me at the front, so I picked him up and carried on. As I had just been talking about the true descendants of Abraham being those who follow Jesus (Romans 9), to have a descendant of mine arrive just then was rather fitting!

Now that there is some improvement for our family, we are starting to plan how we can come out to Kenya to wrap up our apartment there and to see what we can do in the future – one or two visits per year maybe.

Prayer requests

Please praise God with us for:

  • Being able to set the 2017 Tumaini budget in difficult financial circumstances
  • The new clinical staff who are interested in joining Tumaini

And please pray for:

  • Confirmation for us all over the right direction for these new therapists
  • Good relationships with Tumaini’s neighbours over the building project
  • Wisdom over the timing of our visit to Nairobi

 

And finally here is our bug of the month (though not actually this month, as it was snapped last June): a dragonfly of some kind.

 

 

Christmas 2016

Another couple of months have slipped by and now we are looking forward to Christmas.

The barn

The barn

We continue to be very blessed living in our friends’ barn near Cambridge in the UK. It is a very warm and cosy home, which we appreciate as the colder weather has arrived. Mark is settled into working around two days per week for Tumaini doing planning and admin, and keeping in contact by emails and Skype (when the internet allows).

Family news

Barbara’s mother decided to leave the care home and return to her house with a private care company providing her with 3 visits per day. This began just over two weeks ago, and she has already fallen at least 4 times, with neighbours and family having to intervene. It remains to be seen how long this arrangement will last, but we doubt it will be stable.

Moreover, it has become clear that other members of our family still need considerable help as their situation is far from resolved. So we remain on hand, offering support as we are able, through the most difficult of times for them.

Tumaini

Meanwhile, I (Mark) have continued to work part-time for Tumaini from afar, although I am not doing any counselling. The internet links enable me to be in daily contact by email, and to have regular voice calls with key people there; sometimes the link is good enough to enable a video call, but this is the exception, not the norm!

During this year we have been able to open a new counselling centre in Kampala, Uganda, and are delighted that this is going well.

Tumaini Nairobi clinical staff

Tumaini Nairobi clinical staff

Two key members of staff left/retired from the Nairobi team recently, and we praise God that two new people have joined, one in Nairobi, the other in Kampala. But more professional staff are needed; we are talking with a number of people who have expressed interest. Please pray that God would call who he wants! The Nairobi clinical team is pictured here as we say goodbye to two and welcome one!

Tumaini building project

One exciting piece of news is that we are starting to build four 2-bedroom apartments on the Tumaini compound, because housing in Nairobi is becoming unaffordable for missionaries, and the Nairobi traffic often means a 3-hour round trip for our staff to commute just 8 miles to work each day.

Proposed apartments at Tumaini

Proposed apartments at Tumaini

We have wanted to do this for quite a while, and during the year have been through the process of getting the needed planning permissions from the Nairobi authorities. Now we have builders lined up and they are ready to start in January. We have the land, the plans are drawn, and we start with $45,000 towards the needed $300,000 (~£35,000 out of £235,000).

Please see http://tumainicounselling.net/about-us/give/ for more information about the project; please consider whether you could contribute. We are moving forward in faith that the money will be there.

Our future role with Africa Inland Mission and Tumaini

It is currently planned that we remain working part-time for Africa Inland Mission from the UK, and make one or two trips out to Kenya per year at times when this would be most useful, and to maintain face-to-face links with the team at Tumaini. The details are still being worked out, but we look forward to serving in this way while it remains helpful.

God is present & faithful

So, what have we been learning through this year? That life takes unexpected directions, and all our plans are in God’s hands; that prayers are not always answered in the way we expect, but nonetheless God is good and faithful! We have been amazingly well supported by colleagues in Africa Inland Mission, by friends in our home church in Sawston and by others in our family.

It doesn’t come naturally to us to rely so much on friends’ kindness; we confess that the independent streak in us clearly runs deep. And yet we have seen God’s goodness through so many of these small and large kindnesses, which have gone well beyond mere words and have shown us sacrificial service. So, we have felt ‘held’ and ‘lifted up’ on the prayers of God’s people. (A non-Christian friend said ‘we’ll keep fingers crossed for your situation’. While we appreciated their thought, we wondered how people who lack the knowledge of the power of prayer and of God’s practical love manage in this life.)

This powerfully reminds us that the message of Christmas is that God is not content to be ‘God at a distance’, but rather sent Jesus, his Son, into the world to be right alongside us in a messed-up world. And we can certainly join in celebrating that knowledge of ‘God with us’ though all the ups and downs of this year.

Please celebrate with us

  • That’s God’s plan are better than our plans!
  • God’s presence in the midst of all the ups and downs of life

Please also pray for:

  • New clinical staff for Tumaini in Nairobi and Kampala
  • Funding for the Tumaini building project
  • For our family who continue to go through difficult times

 

Slug

Slug

Bug of the month

Here is a slug (OK, it’s not a ‘bug’!) that we snapped in Nairobi in May – at least 8 inches / 20cm long. See what we are missing by having to be in the UK!