Dennis and Renda have had 9 months of studying Swahili, learning about the various CMF ministries in Turkana, and becoming familiar with the people and town of Lodwar. To make our first year of Language and Culture learning complete, we will be moving to a little village “out in the bush”, about a two hour drive from Lodwar, for the next several months, to immerse in Turkana culture and begin learning the Turkana language. We will return to Lodwar for a couple of days every two weeks or so to resupply. Our time in the village of Napusimoru will begin around March 1st. There are a few things that need to be prepared first; the outdoor bathroom needs a little work, solar panels mounted on the roof for electricity, screens for windows, some type of water supply secured, and the outdoor shower needs a little work. Lazarus, our friend and “fundi” (a skilled carpenter, electrician, plumber, etc.) is staying out there right now, working hard to get the place ready. One tremendous benefit to having an outdoor shower without a roof: the sky above Napusimoru has a gazillion stars in it and we can’t begin to tell you how beautiful it is or understand how God might know their number and have a name for each one! Psalm 147:4
Napusimoru, “The Blue Mountain” for which the village is named,
as seen from the front gate of our new, temporary home!
An added bonus of this move for us is that the little house we are moving into is sort of like a museum and Hall of Fame from the missionaries that lived there before! Dr. Bob and Karon Chapman lived and served and loved the people of Turkana for many years from this little home. They retired back to the states about 10 years ago and the house has collected dust ever since, and in Turkana, that’s a lot of dust! We have had a blast learning about Dr. Bob and Karon in the process of cleaning and fixing up the house! We don’t want to disturb any hook or nail or anything, because we know that EVERYTHING has a specific purpose and at some point we will certainly appreciate it. For example, the bar next to the toilet looks like it would only be there to help you stand up…but, if you look closely, as Ren did when she wanted somewhere to hang the toilet paper, you can see the bar has a tiny hole in one end that sits on a nail so that it can be lifted and the TP has a place to hang. We will have quite an adventure discovering the many ways “appropriate technology” was used before the phrase was even coined!
Dr. Bob is somewhat of a legend, and was quite loved by all. Those are big shoes to fill, and we know Den’s “chucks” won’t quite suffice, but with God’s help we hope to do our very best! We are blessed to have this opportunity to live with and learn from the traditional Turkana people, but communication won’t be easy. Some people in the village know Swahili, a few know English, and the sounds of the Turkana language are very unfamiliar to us, so please pray that we can learn enough Turkana language and culture to be accepted and understood.
The Napusimoru Community Christian Church Choir!
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The following dates in the “Jesus Calling” devotional, aptly reflect our spiritual location at this time:
February 9… “Seek my face more and more. You are really just beginning your journey of intimacy with Me. It is not an easy road, but it is a delightful and privileged way: a treasure hunt. I am the Treasure, and the Glory of My Presence glistens and shimmers along the way. Hardships are part of the journey too.”
AND February 10… “TRUST ME ENOUGH to spend ample time with Me, pushing back the demands of the day. Refuse to feel guilty about something that is so pleasing to Me, the King of the universe. Because I am omnipotent, I am able to bend time and events in your favor. You will find that you can accomplish more in less time, after you have given yourself to Me in rich communion. Also, as you align yourself with My perspective, you can sort out what is important and what is not.”
Right now, we are learning to “Be still and know that I am God!” and to trust that He really is in control of everything!
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We love you and thank God for you,
Den and Ren