Hello Friends! Happy Easter! Not sure about you–but the first three months of this year have been incredibly busy–but extremely fun! Some of this would be considered “Old” news…but since you’re hearing it for the first time (maybe?!)..it’ll be new to you!

Ashley Woods, daughter of the famous FMC couple, Dale and Dawn Woods–and sister to the amazing Brandon and Savannah Woods— 🙂 blessed us with her company for two months!  Her day job was teaching at Kawangware Free Methodist Academy….and the students loved Teacher Ashley!  We Reynens loved having her here too…and Ashley–you are welcome back anytime! You make a great house guest, traveling buddy, Bananagram opponent..and FRIEND! Thanks for coming!

Ashley and I modeling our beautiful Ethiopian scarves–gifts from Pastor Mekebib’s family.

Teacher Ashley–kids love her!

I needed to make a trip to  Ethiopia, so invited Ashley to come along. While there,  I had the chance to meet our ICCM Sponsored child, Merci.  Mike has met Merci and her family before–on his previous trips–but since this was my first time visiting Ethiopia–:) it was also my first opportunity to meet Merci. Now..I have been with sponsors visiting here in Kenya–when they met their sponsored children…and have seen how it impacted them emotionally. Having been around ICCM so much of my time..I really didn’t expect to have that same reaction…I mean, I’m with sponsored children a lot! BUT…it is quite different when it’s “your” sponsored child. Yep…I choked up. I enjoyed being with Merci…she’s a smart student..and is now a “big sister”…! It was truly a blessing to meet her and her family. And I am believing God for big things for Merci’s life! Not because we sponsor her–but be/c  He’s faithful to all His children!

Meeting Merci and her family….!

Ashley and I also attended the first Annual Educational and Sports festival (competition really) between our ICCM schools.  Every school sent teams to compete–both in the academic competition and for the “football” tournament. The kids really put their all into competing…on and off the field.

Best seats for watching football tournament!

Working the problem before giving the answer!

Ashley awards one of the trophies at the closing ceremony for the Festival.

It was so fun to meet Pastor Mekebib’s wonderful family..wife Tigist, sons Berekat and Shalom!