It's been rather quiet on this blog for awhile. That hasn't been because I haven't had things to write about or things to communicate, but because we've been on Home Ministry Assignment (HMA) since June and our time has been filled to the brim with other things. Good things, but lots of things!
Back in January, when we looked toward our HMA halfway through the year, we weren't sure what would be possible in terms of meeting with people and doing our normal HMA routine. By the time we arrived in the States, the world had begun opening up again and we found ourselves able to do HMA with relative normalcy. We've been extremely grateful for that because it's allowed us to travel and speak at churches and simply spend time with people.
Even though we've been doing this missionary thing for over 5 years, we've realized there are still many questions about what this time in the States looks like for us. In light of that, here's a brief "Home Ministry Assignment 101" to help explain what we do here.
We travel to our mission headquarters for a time of rest and renewal, as well as a debrief of our last term on the mission field. It's a time when we can reconnect with all the staff at HQ that works on our behalf and also to meet with people in our Member Health department as needed. It's a time when we pray together and worship together and tell stories. A childcare program takes care of our kids and even does age-appropriate activities to help them debrief also. The boys love going to HQ because it's always a ton of fun for them!
Speaking at Churches
We spend a significant amount of time connecting with individual supporters in person. It requires a lot of scheduling and communication beforehand, but then we get to hang out with people and talk more about Kenya! We often share meals with people as we do this, and sometimes that means going from a breakfast meeting to a lunch meeting to a supper meeting all in one day, but that's one of the reasons we're in America: to connect with people who care about what God is doing in Kenya.
Working at the Hospital
Planning for Homeschooling
So that's what we do on HMA! It's a busy time. An important time. An encouraging time. It's something we're grateful for because it enables us to keep doing what we're doing in Kenya.