I had a chance to travel to Kenya with AWANA International (www.awana.org/). I knew my heart was going to break seeing the children living in poverty in the slums of Nairobi’s Kibera, but . . . I never expected to learn so much about homeschooling from the teachers and students I met. First, the slums… [Continue Reading]
3 Questions About Giving Every Parent Should Ask
3 Questions About Giving Every Parent Should Ask This summer I was blessed to travel to Kenya to meet with some amazing men and women who are using AWANA clubs (www.awana.org) to disciple children to know Jesus and know His Word. We visited six schools, each with 200+ students. My heart was drawn to the… [Continue Reading]
The Sad News About Adoption in our World
Last week I was honored to go to Kenya with AWANA International. AWANA has 1,500 groups in Kenya, and they are doing amazing things. But the most amazing thing (to me!) was the work they are doing in the Kibera slums. The Kibera slums is estimated to be home to 1.3 million people, nearly… [Continue Reading]
Where Joy Is Found: Awana Making A Difference in the Kibera Slums
Joy where I never expected I watched my step as I moved through the thick, smelly mud. My red boots sunk into the mix of trash and slime. A few inches to my right was a channel cutting through the pathway, filled with human waste. To my left a woman, wearing a cast off t-shirt… [Continue Reading]
The Perfect Timing of God’s Provision
The Perfect Timing of God’s Provision God takes care of those who take care of His people. Do you believe it? I do. Years ago we experienced this in our own family. In our home we had my husband, myself, our college age daughter, our high school age son and our one-year-old baby girl. For a season,… [Continue Reading]
An Update from Kenya
An Update from Kenya At age 17, I became a teen mom… During my pregnancy it seemed that wherever I went I felt labeled. People noticed my “mistake,” but they didn’t see my heart. Few noticed how I was seeking God, and trying to make changes. My large, round stomach was all that they noticed…. [Continue Reading]
Awana Get Involved!
Awana Get Involved! My older kids have been involved in Awana since 1997 or so. And now my young kids are involved! I’ve always loved the mission focus and their scripture training. Tomorrow I’m flying to Kenya to see how Awana International is reaching hundreds of thousands of kids in Kenya with the message of Jesus… [Continue Reading]
Awana Go to Kenya!
As a full-time wife, full-time mom, and full-time writer (plus part-time mentor) I’m super picky about what my kids are involved in. Even though we had seasons of t-ball, 4-H, dance, soccer, art classes and language lessons there were only a few things we focused on long-term: 1. Homeschool basketball 2. Homeschool choir… [Continue Reading]