Sunday, January 16, 2011

MTI break - Weekend at Evergreen with Family

Rick, Ernie, Haley, Lee
Deni, Mark
Lori, Kathy

We had the opportunity to spend the weekend at Mark and Kathy's home just outside of Evergreen, CO and visit with many members of Lori's side of the family.  Lori's sister Kim was not able to make it, because she just started a new job.  The weather was wonderful and we enjoyed playing table games.

Lori on the trail next to MTI

We will be returning to MTI on Monday to begin the SPLICE Program for the next three weeks.  This will assist in preparing us to enter the culture of Kenya Africa and be able to serve effectively.

We have been given notice that our Airline tickets to Kisumu Kenya Africa have been purchased!
We leave Indianapolis, IN on February 17th traveling through Chicago, London, and overnight in Nairobi, before arriving in Kisumu on February 19th.  We will be picked up there for the 45 minute ride to Kima International School of Theology which will be home for the next three years.

There are so many details that must be covered in the next month that it will be such a relief to finally get to our new home in Kenya.  One of the big ones is the sale of our Envoy...

I hear the cookies Haley and Lori are taking the cookies our of the oven -gingersnaps...
and the table games are starting up...

Sunday, January 9, 2011

Missionary service begins at MTI

We left Cedar Rapids, Iowa on January 1st to begin our new position as full time missionaries of Church of God Ministries traveling to Mission Training International in Colorado.

PILATE - Program In Language Acquisition Techniques is our challenge for the next two weeks.

After this first week my brain is in over load and my mouth and tongue is tired from trying to make sounds and reproduce on command sounds that are not a part of the English language.  The English language has  44 basic sounds and we have now learned many more that that (in the 100s I think).
We have had several writing assignments and projects to keep us busy.  I even know some words in several other languages.  I can see how this experience will help our learning of Swahili when we get to Africa in February.

This weekend we went to rest and relax in the beautiful Garden of the Gods and took a trip on Pikes Peak by Cog Railway.

Well it is back to the training and I hope to soon post more...