Monday, February 18, 2008
Dear family and friends,
We are writing to inform you of our family’s upcoming trip to serve at Tenwek Hospital in Bomet, Kenya March 26-April 29, 2008. We have been planning this trip for some time now and are excited about what God is going to do in and through us for His glory. It is especially exciting to be able to trust Him with everything that has been going on in Kenya recently. As you may know, the once peaceful, democratic country of Kenya has recently been through a terrible time of violence and ethnic hatred centered around the recent political election. The election triggered violence killing more than 1,000 people and displacing 300,000. Currently peace negotiations are underway between the two groups and violence appears to be subsiding.
Kyle’s Uncle Marv is currently serving in Nairobi, Kenya and we hope to spend some time initially visiting with him. He has kept us up to date with what is going on and has been positive that it is still safe for missionaries. Honestly, as we heard of the news and prayed about what we should do it was an incredible opportunity for us to really hear from the Lord and rest in His perfect will for us. There is no safer place to be. We feel this is an amazing time for us to go and serve the people in Kenya that have experienced so much hurt in the last few months.
Kyle will mostly be working in the hospital and ministering to the Kenyan medical interns who are in training. The hospital is on a missionary center with many other activities and ministries going on as well. Vanessa plans to volunteer at the hospital, spend time with the local women and children, and maybe do some village outreach trips. We are confident that Hudson (3 yrs old), with his fun-loving, “rarely meets a stranger” personality will make many friends. And sweet, Jude (6 mos.) is sure to attract some attention with his contagious smile. We are so excited to be taking this journey as a family. Not only will our kids be there, but Kyle’s parents, Travis and Marlene will be joining us as well. What a blessing!
For those who are interested in supporting us through prayer and finances we would appreciate your help. The total cost of our trip will be approximately $8500. There is an account set up for us at World Medical Mission. Make checks payable to “World Medical Mission” and write our account #003531/Kyle & Vanessa Jones in the memo line. The check can be sent to World Medical Mission, P.O. Box 3000, Boone, NC 28607.
We would love to keep you informed while we are in Kenya. Send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will send you updates on our journey. Thank you so much for sharing in the ministry that God has called us.
In Christ Alone,
Kyle, Vanessa, Hudson & Jude Jones