Joshua and Zara are doing well. They had their report cards last week from school and all is good in that department. Joshua is in his last year of primary which is difficult to believe and Zara has two more years after this one. They sure grow fast! They are planning to be in the next swimming gala at school so Joshua is planning to practice every day this week as long as the rain stays away. Thankfully, for the most part, its warm rain :)
Simon is busy with his flying schedule as well as in his MAF Safety Manager role. When he gets time you will find him in our garage working on some wood project. Last month he made a table for a new family that arrived in the programme and this month it is shelving. You never know what is going to come out of the garage next.
I have been busy with three Bible studies and some meetings regarding Member Care. I have also completed a debrief with someone who went through a significant trauma as well as some unofficial debriefs - giving people the chance to unload a bit on some pressing matters.
Tomorrow I fly to Kenya for the annual Member Care Advisory Board meetings. It is a bigger team that is meeting this year so will be great to see what comes out of our time together. We will be looking at Member Care in terms of Uganda, South Sudan and Kenya. For those who have not come across the Mobile Member Care Team before here is a description of what it is all about.
"The Mobile Member Care Team (MMCT) is a multidisciplinary, inter-mission team whose name says it all: We provide a range of MEMBER CARE services like training workshops, consultations, brief counseling, psychological assessents and crisis response for missionaries. And we're MOBILE, providing these services right where misionaries live and work.
Proactive, compassionate member care like the kind provided by MMCT can build resilence among missionaries, prevent burnout and promote the resolution of team, interpersonal and marriage conflicts. MMCT's services can also help missionaries remain in effective service when they pass through crises like civil war, kidnappings, car jackings, armed robberies, assault and other traumatic events.
Our staff, all missionaries themselves, have backgrounds in personnel development, counseling, pastoral care, training and leadership in cross-cultural settings. Strengthening the missionary community for healthy, loving service in the midst of challenge, change and crisis is our passion."
Please pray for this time that God would direct and lead our discussions and guide us for the next year to come.
Please pray for Simon, Joshua and Zara at home that God will protect them and that they have fun together. :)