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June 23, 2017

There are so many things about Africa that are different from America.  One difference is the birds and the sounds you hear.  There is not one bird here that looks familiar.  I have tried to take some pictures, but my phone's camera can't get a good shot.  There is one...

June 23, 2017

RVA has a long history.  In the early 1950's, Kenya was in the middle of the Mau Mau Emergency. This was a time of revolution as Kenyans struggled for independence against British Kenyan Colonization. One tribe, the Mau Mau, had become violent. One night in 1953, after...

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

There are a few people here at RVA that have pets.  I think I have seen about 7 dogs total.  Some of these dogs live with dorm families so the kids living in those dorms get to enjoy the dogs, too.   When families go home on furlough, they leave their dog with another...

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...

June 10, 2017

We previously shared about our visit to Beat the Drum Orphanage where each child had HIV. God stirred something in Mason's heart when he saw that their only milking cow was about to die. Mason decided to try to buy them a new cow.

I almost stopped him and told him he co...

June 9, 2017

I remember going on field trips as a kid to the zoo, Conner's Prairie to see how they lived back in the 1800's, and going to an apple orchard. Maybe your experience as a kid was similar. 

Here at RVA, they do field trips a little different than that. On Monday, Mason an...

May 28, 2017

The student talent show was Saturday night. Acts ranged from instrumental, vocal, dancing, bands, videos, to comedy acts. The cultural diversity was new for me. We had the traditional Korean music played by a young lady on some flute-like instrument. We had the young K...

May 28, 2017

I wanted to tell you a couple of stories I learned this week to give you a feel for the kinds of students we are serving here in Kenya. The map of Africa above shows the countries I am a speaking about. Look at it as you pray after you finish reading.

Ally's birthday wa...

May 28, 2017

We spent the day in Nairobi yesterday. We went with much of RVA to the Blackrock Rugby Festival. Blackrock is one of the biggest rugby events for our students. Typically, 24 high school teams compete. They come from as far as eight hours away to compete. RVA and the ho...

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