Please Pray for Peace

Peace for Kenya!

This is the time to pray for Kenya as a nation.  Today, August 8th, the national election for president and governors and members of parliament will take place.  Though there has been no severely tragic post-election violence since 2007-8, there is a lot of room for hope tomorrow and the next few days.  There is quite a bit of fear in many Kenyans… they remember the past.  Pray for peace, wisdom, and for the elected officials to gain a sincere heart for Christ and a determination to lead this country without corruption.

 
“The grass withers, the flower fades,
But the Word our our God stands forever.”
Isaiah 40:8
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I said I would…and I did!

Believe it or not, another update has been crafted by Mark and I. Some great things are happening in our lives and ministry and, as promised, you can read about it here.

In early May, I hosted a women’s retreat for 14 missionary women from six different sending organizations. We had a great weekend together in the Kakamega rainforest, relaxing, unwinding, and digging into God’s Word together.2017 VA retreat Cathy hosted

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Do You Ever Forget?

I’m embarrassed to use the term “latest update” in the title of this blog post because the attached link is for a post I wrote in February…and then forgot to post! (gasp!)

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An Opportunity to…

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Our latest e-update contains an opportunity to join us in our ministry in a special way. Click here to read about it!

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We’re in the USA…and life is busy!

We are making the rounds. Currently we’ve driven through NJ, PA, DE, VA, NC, and SC. With more reliable internet, of course we’re going to try to post more often. For our latest update and where to find us, click here.

We've got some "Soul" as we drive from place to place. Gratitude towards my nephew for arranging this rental car while on the east coast!

We’ve got some “Soul” as we drive from place to place. Gratitude towards my nephew for arranging this rental car while on the east coast!

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Why We’ve Been So Quiet…

After many quiet months, we finally have an e-update for 2016! To read it click here. For more regular information about us, sign up to follow us on Facebook (Cathy Bushnell Lessig) or Instagram (cathyinafrica). We try to post on social media a couple of times a week.

After many quiet months here is an e-update. To keep more up to date with us, check us out on social media: Facebook and Instagram

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Ramblings

What did you do between Christmas and New Years Day? For us, this is a time of unplugging, relaxing, and exploring the country we live in. For obvious reasons, schools aren’t in session and this is the perfect for us to steal away from our home for a week of recreation.

This year we returned to Naivasha to experience the beauty of the lake, rugged hills, and animal life in the area. Here’s a few photos from our Kenya ramble:

Zebras on the golf course. We love that they are so relaxed and that we could get this close!

Zebras on the golf course. We love that they are so relaxed and that we could get this close!

We found this pair right by the side of road during our drive around Lake Naivasha.

We found this pair right by the side of road during our drive around Lake Naivasha.

The view from our cottage. Lake Naivasha in the background and beautiful animals right in our yard! This is Africa!

The view from our cottage. Lake Naivasha in the background and beautiful animals right in our yard! This is Africa!

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Christmas Blessings from the Lessigs!

Our Kenyan home is full of reminders of our Savior's birth!

Our Kenyan home is full of reminders and symbols of our Savior’s birth!

Our Nov/Dec newsletter is finally written! The last couple of months have been particularly busy, with some unexpected travels and family events that impacted us. If you’d like to read our current e-update, click here. We are looking forward to the days ahead. Christmas Eve, reading our bibles by the fire. Christmas Day celebrating with friends with a festive bar-b-que lunch at our home. Saturday, hosting a men’s bible study, then Sunday driving south to Lake Naivasha for a week of relaxation.

If you are not receiving our updates, and you’d like to, please contact us by email. We’d be delighted to add you to our e-update list! If you are interested in donating to our ministry, funds can be given through FUND #3 at the Advancing Leaders International website.

Our advent candles, with a Kenyan flair!

Our advent candles, with a Kenyan flair!

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What’s Going On?

Here’s a quick photo review of our last two months:

Our vehicle has been logging many miles as we share with many schools interested in our ministry

Our vehicle has been logging many miles as we share with schools interested in our ministry

In the last month we’ve visited 26 schools in the greater Eldoret area, sharing with them the vision of Advancing Leaders International and our ministry to educators and students. We find that many leaders are interested in booking trainings; in fact, the interest has been so high that our 2016 calendar is getting full!

Only August, Sept, and October are free…and we have schools contemplating those months for training/mentoring

Only a couple of months are free…and we have schools contemplating those months for training/mentoring

We will have the help of ALI’s international director, Dan Perrine, for the first part of 2016. His background as a high school principal and trainer will be put to good use during our mentoring of two large schools.

What a statement against the "drill and kill" mentality that exists in many high-stakes-exam schools!

What a statement against the “drill and kill” mentality that exists in many high-stakes-exam schools!

The above photo was taken during a visit to Rock Mirror Primary School. We will train and mentor their 24 teachers in April and May. RM’s directors, Gladys and Moturi, are committed to lead children into authentic learning for life, not just exams. We are excited to partner with them and train their teachers in the areas of spiritual development and academic advancement.

Our water reserve at home. Necessary when living in a village!

Our water reserve at home. Necessary when living in a village! Can you guess what the hanging bottle is for?

One of the real life issues our village has been dealing with since mid-September was a broken borehole pump that provided clean drinking water to our village neighborhood. Mark helped chair the committee that raised funds for the purchase of a new pump (almost $3,000!), and to design a water system that functions well for the community. I was drafted to research purchase options and became well acquainted with importation requirements between the UK (source of the solar pump) and Kenya. After 6 1/2 weeks without a pump, a new one was installed this week to great rejoicing. The sound of water filling our 2,000 liter tank was music to our ears! I must admit, we got very creative about water conservation in the past weeks but I hope we don’t have to employ those ideas again for a long while!

We are praying about how God will provide the way for the many one-on-one mentoring sessions with teachers that will occur in 2016. In many ways they are more discipling, than mentoring. If you are a teacher, former teacher, retired teacher, Sunday School teacher or someone who just loves how education and the scriptures intersect – please contact us about volunteering with our ministry in 2016. We’d love to have you join in!

 

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Latest Update

Go to http://eepurl.combB3Dlz to read our latest e-update

Go to http://eepurl.combB3Dlz to read our latest e-update

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