Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Update for Kenya Trip

A quick update on what is happening with the Bogan family. We do have tickets now and will be leaving on December 28 for Kenya. Right now we are raising support and God is truly blessing in so many ways. Many times tears have come to my eyes when I have received money in the mail and knowing that the money is being sacrificed for us to go and do God's work. It is very humbling. We thank you for supporting us through prayer and financial giving when possible. Without our supporters who stay here, we would not be able to make this trip in December.

We have been inoculated for about everything you can imagine. So far I have not had the H1N1 and have had the immunization for that. Two out of our four children have had it but everyone did receive the vaccine against it last week. However, we are still fervently praying that everyone stays healthy so our travels can go on as planned. TodayAaron and I received Yellow Fever which is good for 10 years. Yeah!!! At least if we go back next year, that one is taken care of.

Right now we are trying to gather things that we will need, such as sheets, towels, and baby clothes. The baby clothes are for our translator's wife who will be having a baby around the time when we arrive. Our churches resource center has been a blessing for items such as this. As the time gets closer to our departure, I will post specific prayer requests. Till then I hope all have a wonderful Thanksgiving!!!

Monday, October 19, 2009

Purchasing Tickets

We are in the process of purchasing tickets for our trip in December to Kenya. There has been a few hiccups but nothing the Lord is surprised about. We will be leaving December 28 and returning January 9. Aaron has to be back to teach on January 11. Needless to say he will be very tired that Monday when school is back in session. Please pray for guidance and wisdom. Also for funds to come in and for all plans to be worked out according to God's plan. Please pray for our children (Nick, Dylan, Marie, and Joey) that they will get along fine while Mom and Dad are away. It's always hard on them when we are not around even though they say they understand our need to visit Kenya. Pray for health and for patience for those watching all four of the children. Thank you to the Straws, Grandpa and Grandma, and Grammy in advance for watching the children and all your love and support. It is greatly appreciated. I will post again when the time is nearing for specific prayer requests.

Friday, September 18, 2009

Costa Rica Mission Trip

I wanted to post the website that Aaron created for our mission trip that we took this summer to Costa Rica. It was an amazing time of growth and serving the Lord. We were so blessed to be part of this team and have an opportunity to lead it. There were a total of 15 people that went, including our sons Nicholas and Dylan. This was Dylan's first international trip and he says he is ready to return. Both the boys did amazingly well and hopefully this is indicative of how they will do on the field full-time:) Enjoy viewing the website.

Friday, September 11, 2009

New to Blogging

So I just created our family's blog site and am posting my first message. It was much easier then I anticipated. I'm very excited that we will have a venue to post all the adventures that God takes on. As many family and friends know we have been called by God to serve on the mission field full-time. This blog site will allow us to keep everyone posted on how things are progressing and an avenue to keep in touch when we are on the field.

Back in March of this year, our family committed ourselves to missions full-time during the last night of a missionary conference at our church. That night our family said yes to living on the mission field anywhere that the Lord opened the doors to. Within the hour God opened the door. Earlier that week I had heard a missionary couple speak at a luncheon. This couple had been living in Kenya for the last twenty-two years. Their journey to the field was difficult, but after persevering they made it. The last night of the conference I stopped by the table to quickly let the lady, Jane Taylor, know that she had inspired me to hold steadfast to the call. Aaron and I had begun contacting missionary sending organizations that week and found that they did not like the idea of sending families who have teen children. Of course we have two, Nick and Dylan. We began to talk and quickly Jane told us that they were looking for a young couple to come along side of them to continue their vision of a technical school. At this point Aaron had joined me at their table and we looked at each other. I would say it was a look of "NOT AFRICA." To tell you the truth we had no idea where Kenya was in Africa. That night was where it all began. Since then we have met with the Taylors many times and have formed a close bond with them. They have shared with us their vision of what God has given them about serving the Kenyan people, and we are now sharing in the prospects of serving there alongside of them. There is land already purchased and plans drawn up for the missionary house and technical school. The missionary house will be the first project to complete, and then the technical school will follow when funds have been raised. This vision is a mighty big one but nothing is too big for our God.

Right now Aaron and I are making preparations to visit Kenya at the end of December. We will be traveling with missionaries, Ric and Jane Taylor, to determine if this is where God will have us serve full-time. Many have asked how the children feel about this possibility. Amazingly enough they have been more positive about Africa then other places we have talked about living. Honestly Marie and Joey will be happy as long as they are with us. Dylan just wants to live in a place where he can be outside among the animals and the great outdoors. Nick is our pessimist and is more apprehensive about things. Although he always says, "If God is calling us there, that is where we need to be." So pray for our children adjusting to all that will be happening this next year. Please pray also that we will discern God's will for our family and that we will be obedient to where He is calling us. We are grateful for everyones prayers.