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Nehemiah & Paul with friends at Avengers movie

Nehemiah & Paul with friends at Avengers movie

This weekend Nehemiah, a couple of his friends and I went to see the new Avengers movie. It was a great guy bonding time watching and discussing an action film. Then Nehemiah and his friends spent the rest of the weekend with Donna and I. It was really good to have this time with Nehemiah and his friends, especially in light of Nehemiah leaving soon for university.

Drunk Cat Disease. Well there really is no such thing as Drunk Cat Disease, but that is what we are calling it. Late last week our cat, Asa, could not walk in a straight line, staggered while walking and would fall over while standing. For lack of a better description, Asa looked like he was drunk. The Vet said it could be a number of things from a simple fluid imbalance to a tumor. Given that there are no other symptoms, we are hoping for simple. Asa was given to Miriam when he was a small kitten by some Peace Corps friends when she was in Benin after her friends left Benin to return to their home countries and Nehemiah and Micah Joy both had left for RVA. Needless to say, Asa is a special cat to Miriam and the rest of the family is also pretty attached.

Praise God for the good “boy weekend” and pray for grace with the situation with Asa.

Paul

 

Micah Joy is out and Heading Home

Praise be to God that Micah Joy is out of the hospital and heading home. She is feeling well and glad to be out of the hospital. (The food at the RVA cafeteria does not seem as bad after the puréed hospital food.) She will spend some time with us in Naivasha recovering before heading back to school. Thanks for all your prayers and continue to pray for her recovery and return to school.

Nehemiah continues to recover nicely and will get his stitches out on Thursday.

Donna and I had hoped for a relaxing and restful weekend, but the Lord had other plans for us. Pray that we will find rest in Him.

Paul

 

Below is a picture of Micah Joy having tea just before she left the hospital.

Micah Joy having tea before leaving the hospital

Micah Joy having tea before leaving the hospital

Update on Micah Joy

Saturday (2 May) afternoon we met with the maxillofacial surgeon and reviewed a CT scan. The scan showed a pocket of infection where an incision had been made during Micah Joy’s previous surgery. Late Saturday afternoon the surgeon did a minor surgery to clean out the infection. Given how advanced the infection was, the doctor wants Micah Joy to get another 24 hours of antibiotic via IV before leaving the hospital. We are meeting with the doctor later today. Lord willing, Micah Joy can leave the hospital Monday morning. Thank you for your prayers. Please continue to pray for Micah Joy’s complete healing.

Micah Joy Back in Hospital

Micah Joy was admitted to the hospital today in Nairobi. About a week ago her jaw became sore and swollen where they operated. She took a number of oral antibiotics with no progress. Yesterday (May 1) she saw a maxillofacial surgeon who admitted her to the hospital and started her on antibiotics via IV. The plan is to see how she responds to these antibiotics and go from there. Pray for her healing and recovery

Both Donna and I are in Nairobi with her. Fortunately our favorite Nairobi guess house is within walking distance of the hospital. Yea Mayfield Guest House (aimabs.org/ministries/mayfield-guesthouse/)!

Nehemiah is back to normal after having his wisdom teeth out. Praise God that his recovery has gone without incident.

Micah Joy Recovering & Nehemiah Wisdom Teeth

Thank you very much for all the prayers and emails. Micah Joy’s jaw surgery and recovery has gone very well. The one setback has been an upset stomach from the change in diet (no chewing). Praise God for her recovery, pray that her stomach settles down and that we can find the right diet combination.

On Wednesday (April 22) Nehemiah will have his wisdom teeth removed, two of which are impacted. Pray that this goes well. Also pray that he recovers quickly as the kids return to RVA on Saturday (yes their schools starts on a Saturday).

Thanks for all your prayers and support.

Changes! Like Really Major Changes.

Thank you for your prayers and emails over the last month. Concurrent to the restructuring in TWR, the Lord was working and opened the door for Donna and I to teach, research and write at Africa Theological Seminary (ATS – www.atseminary.ac.ke), which is based in Kenya. After much prayer and reflection Donna and I have made the decision to leave TWR to join the faculty of ATS as missionaries (i.e. we will still be raising prayer and financial support). Praise God with us for this clear new direction.

This decision is bitter sweet. It is sad to be leaving TWR after 10 years of service and we have many dear TWR friends and colleagues. As I said in my February 3rd blog, the restructuring of TWR in Africa positions TWR’s ministry to move forward powerfully. We are sad that we will no longer be a part of what the Lord will do with TWR in Africa.

At the same time, we are excited about the opportunities at ATS. For those of you who know me well, you know that I love teaching and helping people understand the Scriptures and sound theology. Also, part of my duties at ATS will be research and writing, another area that I enjoy. In addition, ATS has a Children’s Ministry Program in which Donna will be able to develop curriculum and teach. Donna is passionate about both of these. She is looking forward to being part of equipping others to minister to children as I equip a new generation of pastors and leaders. We see this opportunity with ATS as the Lord opening the doors for both of us to minister in areas where God has given us a passion along with the ability to stay close to our kids.

We will be with TWR until June 30. Between now and June 30, I will be working on some FM radio projects here in Kenya to extend TWR’s reach. For those of you who financially support us, please continue to do so as normal through June 30.

Starting on July 1, we will be transitioning to ATS which is a ministry of International Christian Ministries (ICM – www.icmusa.org). Around mid July we will head to the USA for furlough. This will give us a chance to connect with people to share about what God has done through TWR in the last three years and to share about the new ministry with ATS.

For those who wish to financially support us in this new endeavor starting on July 1, you will be able to give through ICM. More will be said on this latter along with information for those who would want to support another TWR missionary after June 30.

Undoubtedly this short blog leaves many questions unanswered. Lord willing in the near future we will have an FAQ which will help answer questions. Until then, please feel free to email.

Please pray that we can finish well with TWR and then transition well to ATS and ICM.

Headed to Meetings

Thanks to all of you who have been praying for us and for all the emails. Both are greatly valued.

I am on my way to South Africa for a couple of weeks for meetings. As you know from my last blog, there are some major changes ahead and I will be having some significant discussions while I am in South Africa. Your prayers for God’s grace and peace during these meetings and during my time in South Africa will be appreciated.

Donna is involved with a children’s musical that our church in Naivasha is doing on Sunday. We praise God that He has already been honored and gloried in the lives of some children during the preparation. Pray that He continues to be honored and gloried in the final preparations and musical.

Lastly, my 6 year-old laptop died (issue with power/charging circuit). Pray that it can be revived while I am in South Africa.

Africa Restructuring – Paul’s Position is Becoming Redundant

TWR in Africa is in the process of some restructuring. Donna and I wholeheartedly support this restructuring and truly believe that it is going to position TWR’s ministry to move forward powerfully in Africa. While we are excited to see how the Lord will use this restructuring, it makes Paul’s current position redundant. Hence his position is being eliminated.

Paul’s position becoming redundant and eliminated in the restructuring is very bitter sweet for us. It is sad to see this phase of his ministry come to an end. It is also great to see TWR better position itself for ministry. Thank the Lord with us for the changes in TWR and how He is going to use these. Pray for TWR in Africa as they make these transitions and us as we bring a season of ministry to an end.

TWR has offered us another position in Africa that would require us to move to a different country. As you know from our communications the Lord has blessed us here in Kenya and being close to our children has been amazing. It is hard to think about leaving Kenya and another adjustment for our kids.

Donna and I have put out a fleece before the Lord as to whether we should pursue this other position with TWR in Africa or whether the Lord is leading us to something else. Please pray for the Lord’s clear leading in our lives and the courage to follow Him however and wherever He leads.

Heartbreak and Hope

 

Christmas_Tree_BOne of the things we did as a family this Christmas was go to the Safe House and celebrate Christmas with the children and staff. You will remember that the Safe House is where the Kenyan government in the Naivasha area first takes children that had to be removed from their homes because of pending court cases, abandonment, neglect, abuse, etc….

As I looked at the carefully decorated Christmas tree at the Safe House, two things caught my attention. One, there were no Christmas presents under the tree. For these children there was no ripping open wrapping paper. There was no stockings stuffed with surprises. Christmas consisted of much needed caps to help fight off the cold Naivasha nights and a new pair of jeans. This was heartbreaking to me.

The second thing that struck me about the Christmas tree was that there was simply a manger scene underneath it. What more could anyone want for Christmas? The gift of Christ. The gift of redemption and salvation. The gift of God Himself invading our time and space continuum to show us the way, the truth and the life.

Is not this Christmas tree at the Naivasha Safe House a picture of the Gospel? A picture of heartbreak and hope. In the midst of abandonment, neglect and abuse God’s response is a baby born in a manger, a son destined to a cross and a glorious resurrection. In the midst of war, famine, epidemic and heartache is the promise of Immanuel – God is with us no matter how bleak our situation. Was not Christ, the hope of the world, born into the tragedy of Herod killing all the male children of Bethlehem?

Heartbreak and Hope. The way of things until the second advent of our Lord. Maranatha – come quickly Lord Jesus, come quickly (1 Cor 16:22).

Merry Christmas: Plus a few other bits and pieces

I pray that your celebration of Christ’s first advent is blessed and meaningful. The Cox family is planning a simple celebration with a meal Christmas Eve and the opening of stockings on Christmas morning.

Recently Micah Joy and I went on a game drive and had an incredible encounter with a leopard resulting in some fantastic photos. You can read the story and see the photos at www.cox-net.com/leopard.htm. Since I am looking into publishing the story and photos, this site is not public. Please email me for access.

Leopard_Teaser

Thank you for your prayers for our trip to Uganda. The trip went well. Unfortunately, by the time we received our passports and made it to Uganda, Brad (Donna’s nephew) was already in South Sudan. Although we had a great time with his wife, Kate, and their two boys. Below is a picture of Nehemiah and Michael.

Peace on Earth and Good Will Toward Men

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