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A few weekends ago we were able to get away for a much needed night away as a family and go camping. We are so grateful we have our camping gear here, and I’m slowly getting over my fear of the wild animals around us, so we are able to afford to have these times we need more often. We were able to go to Abadare National Park. It was much more beautiful than we had ever realized. It’s surrounded by breathtaking waterfalls and beautiful terrain….definitely on our list to go back to again.
Thank you so much for your prayers for us while we were in South Sudan amongst the Toposa. The trip was an incredible journey to be part of in so many ways. The Toposa are a people group totally dependent on their livestock for everything, and live a very simple life seemly centuries removed from the modern culture we find our selves in now. The beauty and the encouragement of the trip was a the partnership of like minded organization for the sake of bringing the practical gospel to the Toposa, E3 partners a US based church planting organization has developed a team of partners of missionary pastors from Kenyan who have been working in several locations amongst the Toposa. For the last few years they have realized one of the key ways into the peoples heart is through the livestock that provide their livelihood. This October a team was orchestrated between a Kenyan organization called Vets With a Mission, Kenya combined together with their American affiliate Christian Veterinary Mission to provide a 6 person veterinary team to bring the gospel on the platform of animal care and treatment for the villages that the pastors were working with. Together the different parties were a great blend of animal treatment to touch their hearts and evangelism to touch their souls. E3 followed up the evangelism with training in audio bible storying devices, putting the word repeatedly into the hands of a people unable to access the Bible in other ways as well as three churches in the locations were planted and will be fed by the missionary pastors on the ground.
To be part of such a mission was a joy that resonates deep in my heart. How beautiful to watch the hope of Jesus reach to the unreached with a very practical love accompanying it. As you continue to pray for the Toposa please pray for the pastors that have dedicated these years to reaching the people as great personal sacrifice and for the many new believers that they would be grounded in their faith. Pray for church leaders to arise from these new churches and for the word of the Lord to taught through Bible storying through out the Toposa lands.
I have been blessed beyond measure and humbled to work alongside men and women and youth that have a burden to spread the gospel on this very fertile ground.
Blessings and peace, Troy
We hope you are well and have been so blessed by your continued support of the ministry of Christian Veterinary Mission partnering with His Cherished Ones to support the communities surrounding Nakuru, Kenya with the practical love of the gospel.
I wanted to update you on the upcoming projects that you could be involved with as the year draws to an end, and give you a few avenues in ways that you could support, if you feel so led. Many of you are familiar with gift catalogs and other such opportunities to give. For those of you in Bakersfield you may have heard of Market of Hope at Laurel Glen Bible Church this coming weekend. This year we have the incredible opportunity to be apart of this event and allow those attending to partner with us in the project work that God has called us to here in Kenya.
Our work continues to be multifaceted and we are excited about all of the opportunities there is to serve. The following is a more detailed description of the four projects we are working with.
Having been on the mission field for four years now, one of the greatest need God has placed before us is to walk life with those around us to help impact their life for Christ. Working within a squatter’s community at the edge of a dumpsite, my heart has been consistently pulled toward the men of this community. They are high school age to early thirties trying hard to walk life straight, but having the impossibly heavy weight of a hopelessness that the surrounds the dump pulling them towards the world. Our desire is to put together a packet of material that would be easy to understand at basic education levels and form a discipleship group that would primarily meet the spiritual needs, but holistically address all aspects of their lives in order to be transformed. The packet of materials would include a bible, notebook and study materials. As well as, photocopied notes on how to study the bible, resources on story telling the Bible and other discipleship material. The goal is to deeply root them in their faith that they may in turn face each challenge in a way that brings honor to God.
Dairy goats for vulnerable families:
Dairy goats are God’s gift for the developing world. A small package of nutrition and supplemental livelihood ready made for the rural, semi-rural, or mostly urban population. It is recognized as one of the best places for resources to be spent in developing those around. Unfortunately, in-breeding in these goats has lead to health problems and decline in milk production. Therefore, the top goats have become scarce and hard to find. We are working with the local farmers and breeding organizations to bring back the production potential of the goats, and then source the best goats to be placed in two different programs.
Our main goal is to provide nutrient rich milk from our goats as a supplement to the infants under our care at His Cherished Ones. The milk that is produced from a goat is higher in fat and protein than cow’s milk, and aids in immune system function and proper growth, especially for the babies we receive that are malnourished. Formula is an option for these babies, but the cost is much higher and we have seen from experience those who are sick improve with the goat’s milk. We are hoping to have a foundational herd of eight does to provide the needs for the babies, and to be the breeding stock for producing goats for the community around.
As God provides, we can take these same high quality goats and build a house and place them in a needy family that can keep the goat and produce milk and offspring for their family. If done well and the goat produces well it can sustain the milk needs of the family and the excess sold to produce an income. The input required fit the lifestyle of a widowed grandmother who farms to support herself and her grandchildren that she has been left with. The left over farm products, in combination with small inputs from the feed store, can be utilized in order to produce the milk.
As a side note, we are working on bringing in genetics through AI (Artificial Insemination) from these goats to bring a higher level of production to these goats.
A small-scale biogas production is a technology that is greatly in need and is a great steward of the resources that we have in Kenya. The technology takes the manure from cows, or other livestock, and collects the methane that is produced from the waste in order to harness it and use it as a general purpose fuel for cooking or heating or lighting in some capacities. The process uses microbial digestion of the manure to produce the methane and the process also yields an incredible organic fertilizer for use in producing vegetables or crops.
As part of a proposed dairy project for His Cherished Ones we will build a cowshed, which incorporates the biogas system in it in order to provide the cooking gas for preparing the babies meals and the fertilizer for the farm. This would eliminate the need for other fuels, such as propane and hopefully even charcoal, which is the main source of cooking fuel in Kenya.
The biogas technology has great potential in many areas, however, the application is perfect for His Cherished Ones and the needs that coincide with the resources that are available.
Jersey Dairy Cow:
One of the joys of being a cow vet in a cow country is there are many beautiful cows to admire, but even with all the beautiful cows out there few are as beautiful as the Jersey. The Jersey is a beautiful creation through and through; her personality is fun, structure is a small package of beauty and the milk is packed with everything good, specifically butterfat and protein exceeding that of other dairy breeds. When it comes to supply milk for growing toddlers, this is the best we can get to help them catch the growth chart that has left most of them significantly behind. Our plan and desire is to order two pregnant Jersey heifers to be delivered in April from an organization that’s mandate is to produce high quality dairy cows to Kenya, and they have assured us that they will reserve the cows for us. We have planned and will construct a zero-grazing unit on the campus of His Cherished Ones, in which will provide milk year round for the babies. The excess will be sold to support the project, and also to be a blessing to our employees and neighbors who will buy from us.
Each of the projects is an incredible blessing to be apart of as we look to what God is doing in the communities around Nakuru. Please feel free to contact us if we can answer any questions or just to say hi, we truly appreciate your support.
It was such a blessing to have my mom come visit us. God planned it out so perfectly so she could meet her new grandson. I think this visit was one of the best so far. Not because we did anything amazing, or went anywhere extravagant, but because we just had fun together and enjoyed each other. Don’t get me wrong, we always have fun and enjoy each other, but it was different this time. I can’t really put my finger exactly why, it just was. We all didn’t want her to leave. Her two weeks went way too fast! I wish I could have stopped time:-)
It was so nice being able to show her our new ministry and life here. She was able to meet our new friends, and reunite with our old friends. She was a mama bear to the other missionary girls around. Of course, she hugged and kissed them and they soaked it in and didn’t want YiaYia to leave either. They all miss her mama hugs and sweetness. When living this far away from family we (the missionaries around) will take any mama who wants to love on us. At times, it’s food to our dreary soul!
We were able to get away for a long weekend. We went to Naivasha to a friends place who rent’s houses on their compound for missionaries to get away and relax. It is one of the places we LOVE to go and relax, be a family, be with our sweet Lord, hike, ride bikes, sleep…. ext. There is no internet and cell reception, it’s perfect!
Enjoying his YiaYia
It’s not often we get to see Hope’s real smile in photos. So when we do capture it, I have to share!:-)
Playing house and sweeping their floor. They have the best imaginations!
One of the days we drove to one of our favorite spots in Naivasha. On the weekends they sell pizzas, so of course we had to get a few for our lunch. YUM!! We also were able to go horse back riding… well, troy and the four kids went while mom and i got to sit and enjoy our lunch and coffee, then when they got back mom and I went riding! It was so fun. I have an awesome husband to watch the kids so I can have time with my mama alone!
Enjoying the pizza!
On our last day in Naivasha it was Troy’s 35th birthday. The tradition here is to “wash” (dump buckets of water) the birthday boy/girl. So the girls were so excited to “surprise” wash daddy! 🙂 He was s good sport. Poor Azy somehow got more wet than daddy did!
We finally shaved Azy’s head. He had never had a haircut and his hair grew into a mohawk. It was cute when we first got him but then it was getting pretty raggedy. So we decided since YiaYia was here, what not a better time to shave it?!? He looked so old! It’s growing in nicely now:-)
She LOVES her YiaYia
Sadly, this is only picture I could find of just the two of us:-( And yes, it’s of mom teaching me how to sew. I know, I know, I’m 30 and I didn’t know how to hand sew, but now I do! I’ve always been able to sew with my machine…. but for some reason not with my hands:-)
I uploaded a video on my Facebook of Troy’s recent mission trip. I’ve been trying to upload directly to our blog but for some reason it’s not working. So please go on my facebook and view it.
Also, yesterday we were notified we were approved for adoption! Today I’m on my way to the adoption agency to receive some paper work and learn what our next steps will be. Thanks for all your prayers! We would love for continued prayers. We are excited to see who God has for our family and meet our little boy.
Wanted to let you know my Troy left early this morning to a village 4 hours outside of Nairobi with Kenyan Christian Vets. They will be gone until late Sunday night or Monday Morning. They are blessed to serve this community through their Vet skills and training sessions, along with the message being shared. If you think of it, please be in prayer for them these next few days. Pray God’s great strength and love with cover them, and God’s protection on the roads.
They are keenly interested in the movie playing, for their short break from studies
It’s been a little over 3 weeks since arriving “home”. The first few weeks we were needing to adjust back being in a different culture, new home, let lag… This week we feel we are turning the corner and going back to normal. We are loving getting to know some of the babies at the Baby House, reconnecting with friends, and getting into our grove of going to 5 different places to get our food for the week. I forgot how time consuming it is to do a simple task, but I love it. It’s Kenya!
Next week our mom, Cherylann, comes for a week! We are so excited to see her. She is in South Sudan right now and couldn’t miss the opportunity to come down to see us:-) It is something we all are SO looking forward to.
Ive received many emails and texts asking about Moses. He is a cutie! It was such an emotional reunion for me… wasn’t expecting all the tears, but not just for him, for all the babies! As many of you know, we have always wanted to adopt little Mo, and we still do. We are, however, realizing, it will most likely be a very long, hard road before we can. His case is so complicated because his birth mom needs to go through the courts (for attempted murder) before he can even be put up for adoption, and here in Kenya that can take years… It has already been one year! Even after her case goes through the courts, there still could many road blocks…
So, in the mean time we are able to love on him while he lives in his home at the BH. AND love on the other 16 babies! What a fun job God has given us!
And Guess what!?! I’m excited to say in August/September we have a girl coming from Texas to homeschool our kids along with Trena’s little girl, Julia! I am so excited about this. It will be so good for the girls to have a different teacher, a “school” to go to ( we will convert our garage to a school room or a room at the BH) and it still allow me to have the time with the kids like I do when they are homeschooling. I can’t wait!
until then.. off to homeschooling we go…..