Wednesday, August 18, 2010

VISA and other updates

If you want to see more fun pics of our time in Nairobi go HERE
After a long week in Nairobi we are finally all back home in Mombasa. Thanks for your prayers! We had some issues and disappointments at the Embassy and some very discouraging days trying to get Anjela's VISA but the short story of it all is that we did finally get a VISA for Anjela to travel to the States. It isn't for the 6 months that we asked for but we hope that this can be extended once we get on American soil so that we can spend the holidays with our family and friends there and be there for the DBC Missions Conference in January. There were also some surprising concerns and misunderstandings about Dennis' immigration status as well but we have talked with our immigration attorney in the States and she said all should be ok and that she can give us more guidance on this once we get there. We praise God for seeing us through this week and giving us comfort in the truth of HIS Word!  Psalm 20:7 sure has been a great comfort to us. "Some trust in chariots and some in horses,but we trust in the name of the LORD our God."

So now what does this mean for us????


We plan to leave Kenya on Sept 19th and will be arriving in Dallas on the afternoon of the 20th. We will probably stay in Denton for a week or two, visit our immigration lawyer, and then head on to North Carolina to be with Allison's family...then plans after that are still up in the air. As our plans come together we will let you know. We really look forward to seeing everyone and introducing them to Anjela!

FYI: Anjela will celebrate her 3rd birthday on September 23rd just after our arrival in the States. Some of our sweet friends and supporters in Denton are talking of having a "Happy Birthday--Meet Anjela Get Together" that following weekend on 24th or 25th. We will get out the details as soon as we know more!! We would love to see as many of you there as possible!

As we look ahead to coming we also are praying for God to provide for our needs during our time in the States. We praise Him that He has already provided a carseat for Anjela and a pickup from the airport when we arrive. Please continue praying for the following and let us know if you or anyone you know could help us in any of these areas.

1. a house or apartment in the Denton,TX area we could stay in and call home-base while we are there.
2. a vehicle to drive while we are in Texas

Work and ministry still continue here and just before we leave for the States, we will have a team from Denton coming to work with us from Aug 29-Sept 11th. Linda and Jerry Clark along with several others from DBC will be coming to help us with pastoral teaching and leadership training as well as some Titus 2 women's work. Dennis and the men will be teaching pastors/church leaders at Ujamaa during the day where we already have BTCP training going while Allison and the ladies will be visiting/teaching ladies from our church. During the evenings at the Serve Kenya compound in Ukunda, Jerry will be teaching a conflict resolution seminar that we hope many in our area and our church will attend. During the second week we will all travel to Nairobi to conduct some men's/women's teaching and training there as well. Please be in prayer for us as we prepare for these busy upcoming weeks and hosting this team. May the Lord go before us and prepare the hearts of all who will be taught as well as those who are teaching! Pray for the safety and preparations of the team as they travel as well.

Please continue to pray for us here as we try to arrange and settle things in Kenya as ministry continues while we are gone. There's a lot of logistics in planning to leave our home and ministry here for 6 months!!

1 comment:

Rachel said...

Hurray! We are so excited for y'all that you all finally get to be coming here together! We'd love to hook up with you if it works out. Not sure that we'll be in Raleigh, but if you need an excuse to stop by Nashville, let us know! Look forward to seeing how everything works out.