1. Where exactly are you going and how long will you be gone? We will be returning to Kijabe Hospital. Kijabe is a town in Kenya about one hour north of the capital city, Nairobi. We have no idea how long we will be in Africa. We are planning to be there for at least 2 years, but have learned not to hold our plans loosely as we rely on the Lord for guidance!
2. What are you going to be doing? The goal is discipleship. Nate will be working part-time in the outpatient clinic at Kijabe’s Pediatric Hospital. He will be helping with a physician training program and doing outreach around Kenya and beyond in East Africa. Becky will be working with the growing Pediatric Oncology program, training and educating nurses who wish to specialize in Oncology. The kids will be going to school, like usual, playing and being kids! We are also honored to have the opportunity to host the many volunteers that come through the hospital and house other missionaries who may need to be at the hospital for services.
3. Do you get paid by the hospital? No. We are both volunteers. We will be real live missionaries, raising financial support. Our salary will be the same as the other missionaries with AIM, which comes out of the support we raise.
4. Are you taking your kids? Yes. As our missionary mentor during our training week says, “You know, there are already children in Africa.”
5. Are you going to homeschool or will the kids be in an african school? Some missionaries homeschool, some send their children to schools for expatriates if they are available. Our children will attend the Rift Valley Academy that is run by AIM missionaries. It’s a boarding school for over 400 students, and our kids will get to simply walk “up the hill” to be day students. This is a major blessing. They spent two years at RVA during our first term and we all love it!
6. Can we come visit? Of course. You know we always encourage visitors wherever we live and luckily, AIM does too. Send us an email and get to planning! We would love to have you.
7. Is it safe? Well, Mama always said, “The safest place to be is in the middle of God’s will,” so we’re gonna go with that. Seriously though, Kijabe is a pretty safe place. Of course there are always things that can happen, but this is not considered a dangerous place. If danger arises, AIM gets us out of harm’s way as quickly as possible. If you are worried for us, go ahead and start praying. We would certainly appreciate it.
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