Just Don’t Call Me That

I’ve been in Kenya for a little while now, almost 7 years. I love this country. I do. I love the fresh air and the rolling hills of Kisii where I live. I love Kenyan culture and all of the different communities. I love the people. And… I’m even starting to dig the music. However, there’s one thing that I’ve never gotten used to and it’s like nails on a chalkboard whenever I hear it. The word “mzungu”. I hate it. Mzungu most commonly translated means “white person”. Kids are constantly yelling it. To this day I can’t walk around — Read More —


A very popular African Proverb says “If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together. ” Going together is never fast, rarely convenient, and sometimes it’s not even fun.  But it’s necessary. Oasis for Orphans has a vision of rescuing 110,000 orphaned and vulnerable children. It’s a huge vision that likely won’t happen in my lifetime. But it will happen… if we do this together. At The Valley, we are quite busy rescuing children by providing shelter, food, clothes, and an education. What we often don’t talk about is how none of this is — Read More —

One Hundred and Ten Thousand

That’s the number of orphaned children in southwest Kenya. Yes, 110,000. Recently, I was asked if I legitimately bought into the Oasis vision of rescuing and developing 110,000 kids. I mean I have to admit it’s a pretty lofty goal, right? If you think too long about one hundred and ten thousand kids and what all goes into rescuing and developing a single child you can get a bit overwhelmed. But that’s just it. You can’t focus on the 110,000. I said “Well, yeah. I believe in it, or I wouldn’t be here.” “But it’s a lot” He said “Yeah, — Read More —

The Story

I’m going on 5 years in Kenya (not including the additional one year of preparation) and what a journey it’s been. When I first came to Kenya I was on a team called “Kenya Initiative”. It’s possible some of you met me on our crazy adventure across the US in a van raising support for our project through auctions, dinners, speaking engagements, and mostly 5k races. Within one year our team had dwindled down in size, and eventually our mission shifted from a community-development-based  to almost entirely spiritually-based ministry. The focus moved from business development and micro loans, school sponsorship, — Read More —

It’s Time to Make Time

Yesterday I met a kid named Tony. Tony is eleven years old and had gone with his mother to visit his older brother in boarding school where I was, visiting Ken. Ken has recently fallen in love with basketball, so we were out on the court practicing when Tony walked up but was safely watching from a bit of a distance. I called him over, inviting him to play with us. I would just like to point out that most Kenyans play soccer and basketball is a foreign concept. Tony was no different than most Kenyans, but after a little — Read More —

Sacrifice is Hard

I am trying to be a bit more vulnerable in my blogs. I want you to know more about what life is really like in Kenya. Well, my life anyway. I love my new role with Oasis for Orphans. It’s been an amazing opportunity for me to grow in both my strengths and weaknesses as well as to expand my ministry tremendously. The new relationships I’ve built with the kids, staff, and leadership is really something special. But with every new journey in life comes sacrifice… and sacrifice is hard. It’s supposed to be hard. And it doesn’t always benefit — Read More —

The Stay at Home Mom

You’ve probably heard the old African proverb “It takes a village to raise a child…”  This proverb is very close to my heart in so many ways. In Kenya so many of us are working together to raise and impact the lives of 50+ kids on a daily basis. But it probably doesn’t look like what you think it does… I kinda love that so many people are confused on who or what we are/do. They can’t put their finger on it 🙂 Some would say that’s not a good thing, while I on the other hand think it’s a — Read More —

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas! I haven’t posted a blog in some time and I thought what better way is there to send a Christmas card from Kenya than on a blog. I’m also thinking about praying about committing to a New Years Resolution of blogging again… but we’ll see.       : ) Christmas is a bit like a snowy version of Thanksgiving. It just seems like a time to be thankful. So the boys and I would like to share some of the things we are thankful for…                         — Read More —

A Lesson From a Child

I used to be a child who learned from adults. Now, as an adult and I find myself learning from children. Most recently I learned a little bit about giving. Wait! Stop! Don’t exit out! This isn’t a fundraiser that’s going to attempt to convince you into giving to 61, your church, or anything else – that’s not what this is about (that blog will be out next week). Twice a year we do vacations. We started this to keep our team sane and to get away from our 24/7 outpouring in order to get some rest. Now, it’s a little of — Read More —