Monday, July 18, 2011


Dear Family and Friends,

Our live always seems to be full of transitions. In the next month we’ll make one we can’t imagine. Our oldest child, Sophia has grown to adulthood, graduated from high school, and soon plans to be at Wheaton College. Eighteen years ago, when we left Minnesota to move to Uganda we did not image that this day would come.

Old words ring true,

“Jesus was blunt: "No chance at all if you think you can pull it off by yourself. Every chance in the world if you let God do it."

Peter tried another angle: "We left everything and followed you."

Jesus said, "Mark my words, no one who sacrifices house, brothers, sisters, mother, father, children, land—whatever—because of me and the Message will lose out. They'll get it all back, but multiplied many times in homes, brothers, sisters, mothers, children, and land—but also in troubles. And then the bonus of eternal life! This is once again the Great Reversal: Many who are first will end up last, and the last first." (Mark 10:27-31, The Message.)

As we celebrate 18 years in Africa by sending our oldest child to the USA for college we’ve seen the truth of these words.
We have few earthly possessions, but on this earth an unfathomably deep well of friendships in the region God has called us to minister.

We are thrilled that Sophia has been accepted to her first choice, Wheaton College.
We believe she will thrive there. To read about Sophia’s decision and journey to Wheaton check out her blog at

Wheaton is one of the top Christian Universities in the USA. Sophia has found $9,000 of scholarships. Our family has qualified for $11,000 more in USA Federal Aid. We need to find at least $22,000 more in 4 weeks. It is time for a Harambee.

Harambee is Kiswahili for "let's pull together." It was a word that summarized the realm of Jana’s childhood in Kenya.
Thus Sophia’s Graduation party will be a Harambee at our home in Kigali on Saturday, 6 August.

We would love for you to attend.

For those unable to attend the Harambee, you can write a check to “Sophia Jenkins,” and mail it to:

Bluestone Federal Credit Union
1252 Yankee Doodle Road
Eagan, MN 55121
Phone Number: 651-452-3131

Thanks for sharing this wonderful journey with us.

Dave and Jana

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