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September 5, 2018


Many of you may remember the story from our time in Kenya last year.  Our then 13-year-old son, Mason, baking and selling cookies and inspiring many others to chip in to buy a milk cow (Faith the Cow) for an orphanage for HIV infected children. It was a miracle really...

July 18, 2017

Carson, Amy, and I went with some RVA friends on our next to last day in Kijabe down to a school supported by Kenya Kids Can. Mark Daubenmeier (a physics and computer science teacher at RVA and the director of Kenya Kids Can) drove us. We drove down the crazy bumpy hil...

July 10, 2017

Our time in Kenya is coming to a close. We leave Wednesday morning to begin our trek home. So, our family was sitting in the living room last night, being warmed by the wood burning stove, talking about our time in Kenya - decompressing for a bit. How has this experien...

July 2, 2017

What started as the dream of a 13 year old boy came true.  Mason's quest to buy a cow for Beat the Drum Orphanage has happened. Mason raised over $700 by selling chocolate chip cookies. Then, our friends, and people we didn't even know, felt the call of God and generou...

July 1, 2017

I overheard my students talking about who they were going "to scarf" and if they had "been scarfed" the other day. Now, I realize that I'm getting to the age where I don't always know the latest slang and lingo of my students, but this was a new one even for me. So, I...

July 1, 2017

At the RVA church service this past week, we had a baptism service. Seven young RVA students stepped forward in faith to publicly proclaim their saving faith in Christ.

RVA has a permanent baptismal built down the hill towards the bottom of campus.

Each student being bap...

June 25, 2017

I blogged previously about a few of my amazing students. They, and their parents, are doing amazing missionary work around the globe. It struck me the other day that I have an incredibly diverse group of students. So, the other day, I asked my students to tell me where...

June 25, 2017

The students at RVA have chapel for 15 minutes a day, four days a week. I had the great privilege to speak to the student body in RVA's chapel this past week. This was a Friday. On Friday chapels, all of student body (from elementary to high school) and many of the fac...

June 18, 2017

You have been so generous! We are almost there. We had Pastor Stephen (the owner of Faith the cow) over to our house on Friday. You would like Stephen. I know we did. He has a big smile. His love for God is evident. He talked about Jesus often. He pastors a local churc...

June 18, 2017

A week and a half ago, RVA had a three-day weekend. So, we found ourselves with a rare weekday off. We decided to go zip-lining. Ally and Luke were able to go when they were here, so we thought we would take the boys. We called "Pastor Peter" who is one of the local dr...

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