My daughter Miriam has been reunited with her cat, Asa. He made the trip from Benin to Kenya in good form and was very happy to see Miriam. Asa was a birthday gift to Miriam from some Peace Corps friends when we where in Benin. Hence Asa has a special place in Miriam’s heart along with the Peace Corps volunteers. Asa and our dog Jesse are getting along with each other without too many incidents. Give thanks to God for Asa’s safe trip and happy renunion with Miriam and the rest of the family.
Alyssa, whom I mentioned in my blog in June, is at the end of her mission in Kenya where she worked with Life Beads Kenya. She has been a tremendous blessing to our family. She has brought coffee to a whole new dimension in the Cox household! Below are some of her thoughts on her time in Kenya:
“It was devastating to leave home, but so exciting to be venturing out to serve the Lord in a place I had always dreamed of, and for so long…. When I first saw the town [Naivasha], I was in such culture shock and had no idea how to process being away from home and in such an unfamiliar place. Relatively quickly, though it felt like a slow process, I adapted to my new surroundings.”
“Over the course of the next two months, I learned how business worked in Kenya, and how bringing change was much easier said than done. It was such a blessing to be welcomed in by the Life Beads Kenya family. They all helped me understand Kenyan culture better, and a little bit of Swahili too. I was able to visit various other outreach organizations around Naivasha. All of them were monumental, I can’t really choose which one I loved the most, but I can assuredly say that the ones involving children were my favorites.”
A little more of Alyssa’s story will be featured in our September Newsletter. Praise God with us for Alyssa’s time with us.
This week we received our things from Benin. There was great rejoicing in the Cox Family and the constant questions: “Dad which box has the dog leaches. Dad, where did you pack my swing. Has anyone seen the blue bag.” Please thank God that our things arrived.
Please continue to pray for the final steps in becoming official alien residents in Kenya. We are waiting on our Alien Registration Cards which should have been out of immigration this week.