Tuesday, October 29, 2013


We try to a few times per month blog about our journey.    The last 16 months have been ones that have taught us that heaven is truly home and everything else is temporary.    Through God’s grace there are friendships, experiences, and physical places that temporarily feed the hunger for an eternal home.

We wanted to make sure you were aware of a couple blogs we’ve done about “home.”

First, a few weeks ago People Magazine ran an article that misrepresented our Rwandan home as “war-torn,” and that Kigali had “refugee camps.”    Some of our friends, former students, and Christ’s Church in Rwanda members drew our attention to the article; and asked for us to respond.   We honored their request as the Rwanda is peace filled, Kigali has no refugee camps, and Rwanda has shown the compassion of our Lord by receiving thousands of refugees from Congo.    If you would like to read the blog it is at http://www.hekimagreatlakesmessenger.blogspot.com/2013/10/normal-0-false-false-false-en-us-x-none.html.

Second, as we began the journey of starting a new multi-cultural church in Chicago we followed the nurture our mentors to practice old missionary disciplines.    One of those disciplines of “home” is to be a good neighbor.   Practically our years in Uganda and Rwanda taught us the discipline of getting our kids involved in good soccer programs.      Though taking on a multi-cultural church plant in Chicago is the biggest risk of our lives we continue to have divine appointments that remind us of “home.”   Through soccer disciplines Ethan became his high school team captain as a junior and was selected to the All-Conference second team.    Through soccer disciplines Timothy was fortunate to enroll in a magnet school.   God is guiding us “home.” If you would like to read more check out http://jenkinsinrwanda.blogspot.com/2013/10/soccer-is-life-or-everything-i-needed.html.

Third, Jana has done a magnificent job of developing a sense of “home” as we start afresh.     In

our mid-40’s we should be more “established.”   Yet, we’re living like most do in their mid-20’s.   This is our vocation and calling.   In many ways we are like the Levitical priests.    Jana has furnished a “home” beautifully through “picking,” garage sales, and re-sale shops.   Now, our “home” is filled with young children that Ruth and Jana baby sit plus many visitors.   These are the disciplines of “home” that start churches.    Our support is down and we’re praying for 20 new partners.   Jana masterfully explains this calling of “home” at http://jana-joyinthejourney.blogspot.com/2013/10/i-have-heard-levitical-call.html.

Enjoy the reads, and feel free to dialogue with us.

Mungu akubariki (May God bless you),


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