We had an amazing time over the 45 days we were in Kenya. We struggled, but made it through 5 weeks of intense language school. We have a lot of practice to do to learn the language, but we now have a solid foundation to work with. There were so many things to adjust to as a family, and this stay in Kenya was a perfect soft entry point into Eastern Africa. We got to see so much of the culture and things that Kenya has to offer. We were able to make multiple contacts in Kenya that will be vital in reaching the pastors in Eastern Africa. Some were former contacts that we spent some time deepening. Other contacts and relationships were completely by divine appointment. One such appointment yielded one pastor who (Jonathan) was able to mentor some while there and whom he has been able to mentor through communication from Tanzania.
On July 12th, we made the trip from the German mission compound (Diguna), where we were staying in Kenya, down across the boarder into Tanzania. We were able to obtain the visitors entry visas without much problem. At the border, the customs agents did decide to check one of our bins. They picked the one that had all of Jonathan’s insulin medical supplies. Because they did not know exactly what they were they decided to unload and go through all 12 bins that were packed on top of our transport vehicle. That took an additional hour or so, but in the end they let us through. Shortly, we hope that our residency visas will be ready so we can have a more permanent visa on hand. We are currently staying in one of the external rooms of one of the other FIRE missionaries here in Moshi while we begin searching for a home to rent and a vehicle to drive.
To all of our ministry partners who have helped us get here, thank you for your continued support. To those who are considering supporting us, we would greatly appreciate it. Much of the support we had to get here was in one time gifts. An increase in monthly partnerships will equal the ability to stay longer where God has planted us to affect Eastern Africa for the Kingdom of God. If you waited until we got here to jump on board, now is the time! We can’t say enough how much we appreciate our monthly partners!
*At the writing of this newsletter, April was at the International Association for Special Education Conference. The stories from that are great; we will be sharing them next month!
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Please remember our taco story in the June newsletter and say a prayer for us every time that you eat tacos (or more frequently).
Tanzanian visa– Our long-term Tanzanian visas are still not ready. Please pray that this process goes quickly and smoothly.
Accomodations– We are currently beginning the process of looking for a place to rent and a vehicle to drive here in TZ, Please pray for wisdom and Devine connections as we seek these out.
Clarity– We are now praying for clarity as to where to say “yes,” so that we stay focused on His calling and we are not distracted by other things taking our time. There is a lot of work to be done in this area, but we want to focus on exactly the things He wants for us.
Ongoing health and protection– We desperately need our partners to call out to God for His protection for our whole fa
About Jonathan & April Noah
Our vision is to Empower, Equip, Exhort, and Encourage the local people and ministries of Eastern Africa. So, as to become self-sustaining in order to further the kingdom of God, our heart is to see people be radically changed by the power of the gospel.