We’ve arrived!


Checking in at the airport – 120 pieces of luggage in our group! Took two and half hours to check-in

Praise God for a safe trip to Kenya! We left Georgia for the airport at 2:30pm on Thursday and after 24 hours of travel, a seven hour time change, and many laps around the aisles of the plane with Beau, we touched down in Nairobi at 9:30pm (local time) Friday night. Although we got our visas rather quickly, we spent the next two hours IN baggage claim locating, organizing, stacking, carrying/pushing, accidentally dumping, re-stacking, and loading around 120 pieces of luggage for our group of 33 people – 15 adults and 18 children. (Thank you so much to those who met us at the airport and helped us get things transported across the road, up the sidewalk, and loaded in the vehicles!) A little after midnight, we left the airport and got to bed around 2:30am.


All things considered, Beau was a pretty good traveler (except for a couple “I-bet-I-can-scream-louder-than-any-baby-on-an-airplane-ever-has-for-10-minutes” moments). He has already been adopted by the swarm of other MK’s (missionary kids) in our group, from watching the airplanes with him at the airport to walking out on the playground in Nairobi with kids calling out “It’s Beau!”


Beau and his new friends 🙂


photo credit: Becky Cook







Although he seems to have adjusted his schedule pretty well already for the time change, he has had some difficulty with falling and staying asleep at night.



Meeting outside at the Mayfield Guesthouse

We’ve been given these first few days to rest up and adjust to the time change, and it has also been a great time to get to know other missionaries – some we will be serving with at Rift Valley Academy and some serving in other locations throughout Africa. At breakfast Saturday morning, I was talking with another missionary who has been serving in Africa for a while. God provided some wonderful words of encouragement for what we will be doing when this woman said, “Rift Valley Academy is such an important place. There are so many missionaries in Africa who wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for RVA.


We will be leaving Nairobi on Tuesday and heading to another area of Kenya for three weeks of ABO (Africa Based Orientation). After that time, we will finally make our way to RVA during the first week of August.

Thank you so much for all your prayers and support! We wouldn’t be here without God’s provision or your support.


After church in front of the guesthouse in Nairobi, Kenya




The beautiful grounds at the guesthouse



















Ashley and Beau in their mosquito net


Our first trip to the “walmart” of nairobi (approximate prices): yogurt – $0.35; Cadbury bar – $1.65; baby wipes – $2.70; shampoo – $2.85; diapers – $17.00


14 thoughts on “We’ve arrived!

  1. I finally got to read about your trip to Kenya. You all appear well and I praise God for that. Beau is as darling as ever. We miss you at the Chapel. As you probably know the new children’s wing opened two weeks ago. It is just beautiful and now we have room for many more babies which our young couples are helping to fill with their new little ones. Please know we pray for you and know you will grow in many ways while you are there. I suspect that school starts in September again and we look forward to hearing all about the experiences in the classroom as well as in the dorm. Hugs, Marcia

  2. God bless you all, its so good to hear you’ve arrived safely and are walking with the feet of God. Thanks also for sharing so openly, its real good for a missionary in preparation to read of your experience. Thank you and God bless xxx

  3. I’m so thankful everything is off to a great start! I cannot wait to hear more!

  4. How wonderful to know you are there and you have smiles on your faces after the trip. We love you guys and are quite proud of what you are doing in service to our wonderful God. We will miss you, of course, but know God will bless you for the unselfish way you have chosen to follow his calling. We look forward to more updates.

  5. thank you everyone! such an encouragement to have your support and prayers! we look forward to keeping in touch with you all…please keep us updated on your lives as well – which we somewhat already do by stalking you on Facebook 😉

  6. So happy you made it safely. I will enjoy following your stories and pictures as you work in Africa. I will be praying for you and your family. I attend Millbrook Free Methodist Church with Ilene Hyder.

  7. So excited for you guys!! Please post lots of pics of r.v.a!! Love you!!

  8. Glad to see you made it and had a decent trip with your little guy! It’s fun to see photos of Mayfield! Can’t wait to see more when you get to Kijabe! God bless!

  9. So glad to see the update. Your Mom let me know as soon as she knew that you had arrived safely, Dave. I let everyone know at church this morning. They are so excited to hear all about what is going on with you. I love the pictures and doesn’t surprise me that Beau is a hit. I see Ashley has here sweater on. :).
    Love you all so very much and you will always be in my prayers.
    Aunt Ilene

  10. So glad to hear you got there – what a llloooonnnngggg flight! I’ll be praying for you as you go through orientation. What was the final story on your house in Michigan?

  11. so incredibly proud of you both for boldly following Jesus where He has called you and for stepping out of the boat. Praising Him for safe travels there and praying for rest and good sleep for Beau (which means all of you) as you adjust to the time change and recover from a very long trip!! I was exhausted just reading about it!! Thank you for being an example to us all of obediently following Him…I know He will use you mightily!
    Sarah and Adam Aukerman

  12. Loved reading this update and the pictures are beautiful! So proud of you, DJ and your family. Praying God’s blessings, provision, and protection on all of you and your work. May many people be influenced for Christ in your ministry there. Looking forward to reading more of your blogs and seeing more pictures from you. Much love! Aunt Linda

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