The Long Road 'Home'...Going Back to Kenya

Ronnie___maggie_3 Posted by Ronnie & Maggie Briggs on Thu, 28 Feb 2008 | Bookmark: digg this Post this to del.icio.us Post this to Facebook

It has been quite a journey! But now after about four years, Maggie and I are able to make some plans for returning back to Kajiado in Kenya.

When we went out in 2002 we had planned to stay for at least 6 years but then when Naomi fell ill we had to come back home earlier to allow her to regain her health. Little did we think it would take this long and it has been a challenging time for all of us, to say the least. We praise God that Naomi is now beginning to show good signs of recovery and she is at last on the long road to recovery.

we always knew that some day we would be planning to return back to what feels like our ‘home’

Naomi has lost 4 years of school and is hoping to get back slowly into some kind of study again – she will start with working towards her driving test. We have already been out for a few lessons already. Susie is in her second year at Queens studying Social Anthropology which she is enjoying very much. Philip is already out in Kenya following his dream of becoming a wildlife photographer. If you have seen the CMSI Annual Project for 2008 all the video and photos are his work.

Maggie and I have missed Kenya very much over the past number of years and while I have enjoyed working in the CMSI office in various capacities we always knew that some day we would be planning to return back to what feels like our ‘home’.

If ever there was a time that Kajiado needed it’s partners to stand alongside them it is surely now. With all the political drama and the violence being played out in many communities there has been essentially no government nor leadership since the failed elections in December of last year. This vacuum will be filled with more violence if a peaceful solution is not found soon. Meanwhile the people continue to suffer and many of them look to the Church for help and support. Bishop Taama and the Diocese need all our support at this time and Maggie and I are looking forward to getting out there to begin the work and ministry that God has called us to.

We can use your help as well if you think you could offer your gifts and skills – as follows:

Pray for Kenya and Kajiado – sign up to this blog and ask the office to send you link letters and all other pieces of information and you can pray with us in a more focussed way.
Come and visit – we can use all manner of different talents and skills, just ask the office for details.
Host a visitor – we really want to open up opportunities for people from Kajiado to visit Ireland to share their experiences of ministry with us – to challenge and encourage.
Make a donation – all of what is planned in Kajiado will have a cost to it and if you wish to support in this way you can do so – either by a one-off donation or by Standing Order so that a little can go a long way! Just ask the office for details – or click on the donate button on the right hand side…it couldn’t be easier!

We have produced a leaflet setting out all that we hope to be involved with while in Kajiado and if you have not seen one of these please just ask the office to send you one in the post.

So, it has indeed been quite a journey – but an exciting one. The Lord has been preparing us during our time here in N.Ireland for this return and we are going back with renewed energy and commitment. We would like to thank all of you who have faithfully prayed for Naomi and ask that you continue to do so and also to pray for our return. We look forward to continuing this journey along with many of you as well and together we can make a real difference to many people living both here and in Kajiado.