These days, talk of Africa brings immediate questions about the Ebola virus. As I write this, Ebola has not yet been discovered in Kenya, although the World Health Organization (WHO) warns that
|Fruit bats are considered to be the major carrier of Ebola.|
All of this reminds us that our lives are not our own but we are called for a purpose. We don't make decisions out of fear or out of a desire to stay safe. We make the best decisions we can make to do what we have been made to do and then trust God's will to be done. And I have learned that God's will is not always to keep us safe or alive, but never-the-less, we still trust.
|Hannah working at Qdobe on 28th St.|
Please continue to pray for the Ebola crisis, for the challenges of Al-Shabab in Kenya, for the work of the ICM Church-based Business as Mission, and for my travel throughout this time.
A quick update on Hannah, Noah and Michael:
Hannah is entering her senior year of Calvin after having a very busy summer of working three jobs. She is working on a triple major of psychology, social work, and French. She is a very hard worker and high achiever! She continues to struggle with the fatigue that has plagued her for a number of years now, which makes her feat even more impressive. Thankfully she is only working two jobs this fall, and I'm hoping that will become only one!
|Noah (far left) and the RA Team for Schultze Eldersveld.|
As for my dear husband, Michael, parting for four months just shy of our three month wedding anniversary is a challenge, but we will fall back to old routines that did work well for us - Skype and Facebook. The fall is a busy time for Michael with lots of work travel as well, so that will also help to make the time go quicker as well. We had a very busy summer with lots of travel for both of our work and for the most part we were able to accompany the other, learning more about each others work and meeting colleagues. I will miss him!
|Our wedding cake|