December is always a busy month, but this past December was even more so! Colin Saxton, FUM’s General Secretary, visited Kenya in late November and was able to celebrate Thanksgiving Day with my family and me. During that visit, he asked me to take on a special short-term assignment helping Friends Theological College reorganize its accounting system. With the dawn of the need to raise funds for scholarships and operating costs, the college has ventured in the last few years into the world of micro-enterprise and agro-business. In doing so, it has become increasingly clear that the financial systems needed to be updated.
As financial management is one of my favorite things to do, I could not wait to begin the process. In this case, the project was an intricate puzzle with many facets. Much like a difficult Sudoku puzzle from the Sunday newspaper, I found the project took time and extreme concentration. Therefore, while I worked on this special project, my family picked up the job of preparing for Christmas.
I did manage to enjoy a few Christmas-related gatherings and parties; although the expected highlight of the season (the Kisumu Community Choir concert) had to be canceled at the last moment because the pianist’s mother was hospitalized in Germany. We received word that she has recovered quite well.
The week between Christmas and New Year’s was spent in helping Isaiah write his applications for his next school. He’s completing his IGCSE (commonly called O-Level) in June 2013, and has decided that he would like to spend two more years in high school before proceeding to college. Therefore, he’s applying to a selection of boarding schools in the US and one international program. The 24/7 community life of a boarding school seems to be an exciting prospect for Isaiah. After eight years in a tiny school, the idea of having peers around him all the time is positively exhilarating! His parents, though, are not as excited in that they face the joyous and terrifying milestone of their first child leaving home. James and I pray continuously that God will give abundant grace to each of us in the months ahead.