Wednesday, July 11, 2012

AIMing high

Recently we had the privilege of hosting Brian & Kathy DeSchmidt, regional reps for Africa Inland Mission (AIM). Brian & Kathy have decades of experience in missions in Lebanon, Lesotho, Seychelles, South Africa, Madagascar, Kenya, and now Uganda. Their wisdom, passion, vision, and kindness were a real encouragement to us. 

To help Brian and Kathy complete their survey, we covered about half of Ik territory in our vehicle, sometimes in extremely high grass, sometimes on newly-graded roads. We also gave them an orientation to Ik odokik, short, narrow outer gates that require you to bend down and squeeze through. All good fun!

AIM is interested in sending a 'TIMO' team to work among the Ik. TIMO is a two-year missions internship for people interested in going into missions full-time. TIMO is an intense program that has an academic syllabus and places its participants in the homes of the local people (in this case 'villages' or 'manyattas' of the Ik). The program holds the following as core values: 

1 Spreading the good news of Jesus Christ
2 Commitment to the local language and culture
3   Relationships, relationships, relationships
4 Proclaiming Jesus through lifestyle and speech
5 Living among the local people
6 Learner attitudes
7 Simple lifestyle
8 Teamship
9 Prayer as ministry
10 Training for a lifetime
11 Presence as ministry
12 Respect for the local church

Since these are values we hold ourselves, we are excited about the possibility of TIMO coming to the Ik. Pray for AIM as they make plans to send a team in the next couple of years!

Sunday, July 8, 2012

Rodent Lynching

Let this be a warning to all rats out there: DO NOT BUILD A NEST IN

Friday, July 6, 2012

Timu sunsets

After a somewhat dry month in June, our second rainy season has begun
in Timu. With it has come cold weather and beautiful sunsets at the
end of a dreary day.