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We pray that you are enjoying Advent and that you will have a joyous celebration of our Lord’s incarnation.

Plus an Update on the Cox Family

Nehemiah’s Adventures

Our celebration of Advent has been greatly blessed by Nehemiah being present with us in Kenya for the past three months! He has been interning with Old Africa Magazine, which has been a great match with his history and writing talents. He loves all things electronic and has enjoyed being a part of a group that weekly plays rugby. In his words, he is trying to figure out “how to adult” so university is on hold for a bit.

Nehemiah at the Indian Ocean
Paul's & Donna's Exploits

Paul has really enjoyed teaching at Africa Theological Seminary (ATS). He has been teaching Bible and Theology classes. He has also been working on his doctorate and writing articles as required for accreditation for ATS. For those of you that know Paul knows that he loves to disciple men. God has led several young men into Paul's life this year to do just that. Paul has also had the opportunity to preach quite a bit lately, something he loves to do, but he does not always have the preparation time.

Many of you have prayed for Paul’s work permit, unfortunately Paul has yet to receive a work permit. In order to stay in the country and to be able to teach, Paul was granted a temporary work permit (called a Special Pass by Kenya immigration). We are grateful to have this temporary solution. Please keep praying for the three-year work permit.

Donna has developed courses for ATS’ Children's Ministry Certificate (a 32 credit hour degree) this year. She loved teaching the first course on Children's Evangelism, obviously something she is passionate about! Donna is also helping to develop a curriculum to accompany the Children's version of Walk Through the Bible. In addition she is still working with bible clubs, Sunday School, a women's bible study and helped with a children's camp this December. Donna loves the opportunities that God has brought her way since being in Kenya, especially leading others to Christ in English!

Escapades of the Girls

Micah is a senior at Rift Valley Academy (RVA). She is involved in drama (both in acting and lighting), field hockey, photography (have a look at her photos and still has a deep passion for animals. She volunteers at a local farm during school breaks. She graduates in July and has been accepted at Oklahoma State University and Texas A&M in their animal science programs.

Micah (lost in a book)

Miriam is a junior at RVA, involved in all aspects of drama from costuming to acting. She was chosen this year to be a prefect in her dorm and is very involved in weekly outreaches to a hospital and children's home. She leads a youth bible study during school breaks. She and her dad are loving being minutes away from some great rock climbing areas.

Miriam and Sam in the play “The Mouse that Roared”
2016 Highlights

For those that do not follow our blogs or Facebook here are a few highlights from 2016:
  • We moved into a newly built small rental house in Naivasha.
  • We have had many friends, visitors and guest come through our doors including Joy, Donna’s sister, brother in law, nephew and his family. There is always room for one more!
  • We sold our Toyota Prado and we bought a sturdier used Land Rover all in the same day. One of the best decisions we have made since being in Kenya!
  • We have had some amazing opportunities recently, though many of a sensitive nature that we can not share, especially on Social Media.
Support Opportunity

For the first real time in all of our years in ministry our financial support is quite low. As we have prayed about this, asking God if it is time we leave Africa we have felt that it is not the time to leave. Would you please pray with us! We need an additional 1,200 a month to be fully supported. We have a mighty God who has always faithfully provided for us. Pray that He will continue to provide. If you would like to be part of our support team please visit our Get Involved page.

Praises Prayer
  • Having Nehemiah with us for three months.
  • Living close to our girls.
  • The harvest is plentiful.
  • The opportunity to teach the future leaders of Kenya.
  • The opportunity to lead others to Christ.
  • A great community of Kenyans and expats.
  • Being able to do what we are passionate about and seeing the fruits.
  • Needed additional support.
  • Nehemiah as he returns to the states that God would give him clear direction.
  • Micah Joy and Miriam as they are nearing the end of High School and applying to universities. That they will finish well and that they will sense God's direction as they make choices.
  • Upcoming Opportunities to share Christ: showing the Jesus film, bible clubs, personal relationships.
  • Continued immigration issues.
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