We have finally made it to Nairobi, Kenya. WooHoo!
It was a very long journey with three children in tow but we have finally made it. We are gradually settling in to our new life. In between the lack of sleep on the plane, the jet lag and the high altitude here in Nairobi (6000 feet above sea level) we know it will take some time to get fully adjusted ... but we are getting there.
The house is fantastic and it has made the world of difference having a house keeper to help with washing and cooking, allowing us to focus more on family life than would have otherwise been possible. Her name is Trufenna and she is a wonderful help.
Leaving Australia was a difficult to say the least. In between trying to pack up most of our worldly possessions (we ended up with approximately 320kg of luggage) we tried to catch up with as many friends and family as possible. The most difficult part of leaving was saying goodbye to the grand parents. Knowing that Zoe, Pippa and Lucy wouldn't have the same connection with them is difficult as both Fiona and my family are particularly close. Skype is a fantastic thing but can never replace human contact. We will miss them a lot.
Having said that we know that God wants us here and the number of coincidences that occurred that got us here became so numerous that they couldn't possibly be considered coincidences but the absolute love of the Father.
Again, we had amazing favour on our journey. At Perth airport we were expecting to pay for 2 bags of excess luggage and they only charged us for 1 piece. They also blocked off a seat next to us so we had extra room to spread out on both of our flights. When we arrived in Nairobi we had some lovely locals help us to fill out our visa application forms. And after collecting our luggage we walked straight through customs without being stopped. Praise God!!
Our first couple of weeks here has been a time of getting adjusted to our new home and environment. We have been going to bed early and just trying to recover from our trip and the busyness of leaving Australia.
We also celebrated Fiona's birthday by going to feed the giraffes and going out for lunch.
The girls have started to do Distance Education from Western Australia which is quite different to what we have been doing before so it is taking time to settle into that. The girls have been enjoying going out in the afternoons to make friends with the children across the road. They have been enjoying playing in the mud and playing outdoors. Lucy is very happy and loves following Trufenna around outside.
Thanks for taking the time to journey with us.
Anthony, Fiona, Zoe,Pippa & Lucy
On Sunday 10 August we were commissioned at our church, Churchlands Christian Fellowship. It was a wonderful morning for us where we got to share and be released. Three of our Pastors, John, Alaine and Paul prayed for us. We we're incredible blessed!!
Below we have shared the audio of the interview we did that will give you an idea of our plans (the few that we have) and our heart for what we will be doing.
Here are a few photos from our commissioning at church:
We thought it would be good to give everyone a quick update about what we have been up to and some of the progress we have made. It is almost a year to the day that we left for our around Australia trip, now we currently have just 9 days until we leave for Kenya and we have been very busy socialising, packing and keeping appointments ... with a bit more socialising thrown in for good luck.
In the past few days we have been offered a fantastic house to rent when we first get to Kenya for 2 - 3 months. It is the home of a missionary from Iceland who is taking a trip back home (leaving the day after we get there). It's a fully furnished six bedroom house and they also employ an assistant who cooks, cleans, washes clothes and baby sits if required. Thank you God! It's a massive blessing that will definitely help in our transition. Some photos of the house:
We will keep you all updated as we make the move. We would love your prayers as it has been a little crazy getting ready, while still doing school with the girls and the normal everyday family life stuff.
Love Anthony, Fiona, Zoe, Pippa and Lucy.
We are a family who are just seeking to do what God wants us to do. We have heard God speak and we want to be obedient to his voice, and are excited by what He is going to do when we respond!