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School Days

“Back To School” Since so many have prayed for and inquired about our schooling situation, I decided to give a brief description of our school days here in Kenya.  The title of “Back To School” just didn’t seem right given that the word “back” implies a return to something known or familiar, whereas this year […]

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Strangers in a Strange Land

We are in what some would call “chaos”. This time of transition, which can take from several months to a couple of years, is stressful and represents “culture shock” in the true form. This is not the short term culture shock that one experiences on brief trips such as being appalled by bad smells or […]

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A Different Sort of “Day on the Lake”

This summer has been spent very differently for us than any summer past. Instead of family vacations, cook outs, and days at the pool we have been learning a new language and adjusting to life in a foreign land. Some of our favorite memories of summer in our “Knoxville home” are of days spent on […]

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Karibu Kenya!

Greetings from Kenya! What a whirlwind the past few weeks have been. In just the past couple of weeks we packed our 27 pieces of luggage, closed on our house, sold our furnishings and our last remaining vehicle, traveled via U-haul to Atlanta, said goodbye to family, flew to Kenya, and started language school. We […]

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Tenwek Surgical Residency Program

This is a video that describes the importance of the surgical residency program at Tenwek Hospital.

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Boomp’s Blessing

Boompa was my (Heath’s) grandfather.   His name was Don Many, but somewhere around middle age, when he became a grandfather, he assumed the name Boompa which was the name of Jimmy Stewart’s character in “Mr. Hobbs Takes a Vacation”. We usually just called him Boomp and he was married to Myrtie Many, my grandmother, who we […]

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The Best Nest

Last week Rees’ memory verse for school was Psalm 46:1-2.  “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble…”  After quizzing her on the verse, I launched into my usual “What does this verse mean?” conversation.  I asked, “Do you know what ‘refuge’ means?”  I had several words and phrases in my […]

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We are so thankful for our Church and for the many individuals who have been the body of Christ to us in these past months of preparing to serve the people of East Africa.  We could not do this alone (nor does God intend us to!).  Thank you for partnering with us in your prayers, words […]

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He Who Began a Good Work…

The title of this post is from Philippians 1:6 and it gives followers of Christ reassurance that God is faithful in his promises.  Over the past few months we have seen God meet us at every step of our journey, giving us reassurance in his calling us to the mission field.  We thought we would […]

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The girls in their own words…

Everyone asks: What do Rees and Mary Taylor think about moving to Africa?  Well, we thought we would let them answer…

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