In June 2009 I boarded a plane for what ended up being close to 20 hours of flying, with a brief layover in London, before I landed in Nairobi, Kenya. I had embarked on my first missions trip after returning to church after my decade long Jesus vacation, as I now call it. I had left church as soon as I moved out of my parents house and returned 10 years later to find something new. But, that’s a story for another time.
It’s 11:30pm on a Friday night and I am sitting in a hospital room next to my sleeping daughter who turns 8 months old tomorrow. She received her second round of chemo this morning, but despite that she has been up and smiling most of the afternoon and evening. Getting her to smile the last over the course of the last month and a half has been a chore. With all that she is battling, I am sure smiling is not on her “to do” list right now, but to be honest that smile is something I have missed dearly. I am glad she is young enough to not know she is sick but that doesn’t make up for what she is going through.
It’s Fathers Day 2011. For some I know it’s just another weekend, some get a chance to thank their fathers for all they have done, and then others get to sit back and think of their fathers for the life they had but are no longer with us. For me, it’s my first as a father and one I had been looking forward to for the last 7 months, but I can honestly say I am spending it in a way I never thought possible.
I am officially 6 months into this thing called fatherhood and I can say without a shadow of a doubt its the most rewarding yet stressful thing I have ever been through. Beginning with the complications in the hospital, to the endless nights of no sleep, and moving on to those crazy diaper demons that visit us daily, I can say I’ve had the busiest and most stressful 6 months of my life. But, it’s all worth it when their little smile appears and washes that all away. Continue Reading…
Today is a good day. Something we have been working on for nearly a year is finally here and thats a great feeling.
This well will provide clean water for a church property outside the capital city of Liliongwe. The property will eventually include clean latrines, church building & a children’s feeding center. Thank you to everyone who donated and supported this endeavor.