Thursday, December 4, 2014
Merry Christmas! Our family hopes you had a great Thanksgiving and are ready to enjoy a wonderful Christmas celebrating Jesus.
Saturday we were invited to a tailgate party with friends before the Clemson/Carolina game. They are big Clemson fans from Greenville so we tried hard to be nice! It was a noon game in the USA so it was 8:00 pm here – we had fun making it as American as we could! The only problem was that the Gamecocks could not get it done on the field – but it was a fun day to enjoy some American football.
School continues to go well for the kids. Rainey is on the worship team for the middle school and leads their chapel service and her basketball team won the region championship! Asa is doing well in school and he is playing softball in after-school intramurals. I am currently down 5 milkshakes to him because of his proclivity to hit home runs. Below he is dressed up to be "Principal for the Day" as part of his leadership team duties.
Our work in Nairobi has been gaining traction as we have been meeting people from all backgrounds and developing relationships that have allowed us to share what is most important. Those relationships have taken us to different areas, from the slums with tremendous poverty to middle class Kenyan churches that don’t look too different from your church in America. This past Sunday I had the opportunity to preach in a small rural church and challenge them to share the good news they have received with people that are different from them. Like in America, the church here has to work hard to overcome barriers and reach out to people that are not like them. People from other faiths in Nairobi look different, dress different, and live in different areas of town. It takes intentional effort to be obedient to the great commission!
Sunday, October 19, 2014
|Rainey and Asa atop the Karuru Falls |
with the Gura falls in the background
|This is the water fall, Kururu, that Asa and Rainey |
are at the top of in the picture above
|We met this guy on the road - or maybe 10 yards off of it.|
|Fresh leopard prints on the road not far from our cabin.|
|Asa curb stomping us in Monopoly.|
|All the boys rock hopping in Africa.|
|Big Asa leading the way on our hike from the stream.|
|A little assist from Asa.|
|Off Road in Africa. On the hike down to the falls.|
|Rou is on top of the world.|
|The Cape Buffalo met us in the fog |
on our way out of the park this morning.
|Asa at Queen's Cave.|
|The whole fam. We had a 900' drop behind us!|
|These three are at Queen's cave|
(below the waterfall) - Queen Elizabeth
was here when she found out
she had ascended to the
throne of England.
|This is Gura falls as seen from the top of Karuru falls. These were made famous in "Out of Africa"|
Saturday, August 30, 2014
Since our July 2nd post, many things have changed - but our purpose remains the same. Rainey and Asa have returned from a trip to the states to visit family and attend Ambassador Camp. They had a great stay but we are so glad to have them back here. The decision to relocate to Nairobi was not an easy one, but the timing was good so that the kids are able to start school on Monday, only a couple weeks late on the semester. They are very excited and have a great school to attend here. It was started by three different missions organizations and has a considerable western influence while also hosting many Kenyan children and children from non missions families, so it is diverse. They will have opportunities to participate in sports, drama, and other extra curricular activities like they would have in the states.
We are living in a duplex on a compound not far from town that has several units, and some room for the boys to ride bikes, climb trees, and chase the occasional monkey. Our stuff from Mombasa will be moved up in a few weeks, right now we are using some temporary furniture belonging to our company.
Before the official decision to move we had come to Nairobi to meet with some leadership to discuss the security situation and had been up here a few weeks. Once the decision was made to make the move, Asa and I drove to Mombasa (8 hours each way) this past Tuesday and returned Wednesday to fetch Indi (his 2 month old puppy) Sa's chickens, and Rainey's cat and her new kittens, and a few turtles. It was an interesting ride back but Asa was a good sport.
In a few short weeks I hope to write again with some pictures of Nairobi, our new home, some areas where we work, the people, and the culture. Until then we ask you to pray as the kids start school, as we being language tutoring again, and our work begins.
If you would like more information about our work, how you can pray more specifically, or how you can help in other ways, please email me at email@example.com and I will gladly add you to our email group list and provide any other information.
From A Place of Cool Waters,
Wednesday, July 2, 2014
|The iconic "tusks" of downtown Mombasa.|
|Our basketball clinic at a local school|
|Team Bynum/Noblitt at a local school with teachers and kids.|
|A street view of "Old Town" in Mombasa, where|
many Swahili live and the culture is preserved.
|Nurse Sarah and Mrs. Satcher helping kids with minor cuts, |
scrapes, boils and other skin problems.
Thursday, May 22, 2014
|RPD with a friend in the village.|
|His voice was like the roar of rushing waters, and the land was radiant with his glory....Ezekial 43:2|
|A panoramic of our worship time in the village. We had a few other couples with us.|
|Rainey teaching the youth in the village.|
When we return to Mombasa our work will begin in earnest. No more training, no more trips, no more classes, or transition. Just our family, in the place we have been called to, with the hope of making a difference. A difference today, tomorrow, and for eternity.
|NLD making peanut butter in the village.|
|Sa and Rou at their Med Clinic in the village.|
Wednesday, February 26, 2014
|"No Weather Beats Fashion"|
an obvious reference to the heat
| NLD and Benny telling James, |
one of our Swahili teachers,
Thankfully, in true Dinkins style, I had strapped two plastic chairs, a pack and play, and a stroller to the top of the trailer we couldn’t close with strips of rubber from used inner tubes (that is the closest thing you can find to a bungee cord here).
|At a friend's house - feel free to |
caption this yourself!
|Our last meal with the young boys we had been |
ministering to in Iringa.
|Had an outing to a nature park for NLD's birthday |
and were entertained by this jumping baboon and several pythons.
**almost forgot, if you would like more information about our work, and ways you can be praying for us, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will add you to our list for that as well. *