Sunday, July 26, 2009

Our apartment is shrinking!

It's crazy that just a few months ago we were praying for the Lord's timing and direction and empty apartment. Well, almost empty. We had our garage sale yesterday and praise the Lord, all our furniture sold! So what's the plan now? We will be moving in with some friends in August until our departure date. We are excited to move in with our friends, the Hinrichs. They have a home with a nice backyard and huge front yard for the kids to play and an adorable little girl Josiah just adores! It will be great to be with such good friends before we go. Especially when emotions start to run high as experienced yesterday.
Yesterday was also our family's going away party for us. We were so blessed to have family that drove out from Nevada, Arizona and Colorado to bid us farewell. The day was full of catching up, pictures, food and cousins playing. Kece, Jonathan's mom, put the whole event together and even arranged a beautiful scrapbook for the boys. The scrapbook was filled with entries from my sisters, sister-in-law, cousins, mom and my grandma wishing the kids well on our happy adventure. The scrapbook was just filled with beautiful memories of my family with the boys. What a precious treasure that will be for Josiah and Christopher. Needless to say the day ended in tears and goodbyes from family we wont see for a long time.

We will update the blog with pictures from the party soon.

God Bless You,

Friday, July 10, 2009

We're on the Radio! (Not Yet, But Soon!)

The Ferguson Four will be featured on Refuge Radio! Adrienne and I were interviewed yesterday by Pastor Geoff Wilson for a future show on KWVE! It was a great blessing. Refuge Radio is the church's radio show, on KWVE (107.9FM) weekdays at 4:30pm. Each month Pastor Bill interviews Refuge missionaries, and the Ferguson Four will be featured in September! Make sure you tune in September 25th at 4:30pm! If you miss it, check out afterwards for the archived message.

Today we had a great fund raiser put on by our awesome care team! EXTREME WAFFLES! waffle topped with vanilla ice cream, strawberries, chocolate syrup, another waffle, whipped cream more strawberries and MORE
chocolate sauce. Yes, that was today's fund raiser. It was so much fun. Our team had a blast putting together the fund raiser and we enjoyed watching
the kids (and adults) who got an EXTREME WAFFLE for breakfast!

LAST THING...we are having our garage sale on Saturday, July 25th at 214 W. Utica Street in Huntington Beach. We will be selling all of our stuff for our big move so swing on by that day!

We hope you are all doing well. Thanks for stopping by our blog as we update you with our move to Nairobi, Kenya.

Bless you guys,
Jonathan and Adrienne

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

62 days to go...

Christopher's surgery went so great. Thank you so much for your prayers and thoughts. They were truly felt. I (Adrienne) was getting nervous as the time approached. I knew it was a minor surgery but surgery nonetheless. We arrived to check in at 6:30 AM and Christopher was taken by the anesthesiologist by 7:37 AM. They were calling us back to come get Christopher by 7:53 AM! We were in the car and on the way home by 8:20 AM. His eye looks so much better right now (for those that don't know, Christopher had a blocked tear duct so they had to prod the tear duct to clear it).

Well, we finally booked our tickets! Can you believe it? The tickets were emailed to us today and we are due to leave sunny California on Tuesday, September 8th. We will arrive in Nairobi late on Sept 10th. Wow! The clock is officially ticking (62 days to go).

Here are some questions that people have
asked us:

Where are you going to live when you get there?
We will be staying at the church we will serve in. There are a few unoccupied bedrooms that short term teams usually stay in. We will only be there for a month and language school will start in October. When we arrive in Limuru for language school, we will stay in a cottage at the school. After language school is finished in April, we will move closer to the church and find a house or apartment.

Are you afraid to take your kids?
Our family is definitely human and we have worries about things. We are trusting our God whom has guided us this far to take care of our family. We know that there are no guarantees in life and we are ready to take this journey that God has called us to. We look forward to walking closer with God through this time and trust Him for complete provision and guidance when it comes to our family. As I've heard Gregg Laurie so eloquently say, "We are not afriad to trust our unknown future to a known God."

How long will you live in Kenya?
The Lord tells us very little about what we'd like to know concerning our future, doesn't He? We know He has called us to go and we plan on staying till He tells us otherwise. In the meantime, we have made a commitment to serve Living Water Christian Fellowship for three years and we will be praying to plant a church from that point in Kenya.

Are you selling ALL your stuff?
Yes. Pretty much all of it. We will leave behind a few things that we aren't able to bring over on this trip. We will be allowed a total of 12 suitcases. So we will jam pack those suit cases as much as possible! We will be able to take our stroller and we are taking the baby's crib and Josiah's bed. Everything else must go!!!! (Sounds like a furniture store going out of business, huh?)

Please pray:
  • That we will raise the rest of our monthly support (We currently need 110 supporters who can commit to $25/mo.)
  • That we will walk and spend time with the Lord daily and have patience with one another
  • That our cars sell quickly
  • Currently there is no more yellow fever vaccines and Josiah needs the vaccine. Please pray for availability of the vaccine
  • That our student visas get expedited speedily
  • Wisdom in the timing of Jonathan quitting his job
  • For our upcoming yard sale (August) that all our stuff would sell.
  • For our care team who continues to meet biweekly. For the planning of the fund raising and for continued guidance and favor from God.
Thanks so much for being so faithful to see us through and pray for us as we transition out.

Love you guys,
Thanks so much