This weekend we have two close friends leaving for Africa. They are not traveling together, but are going through two different ministries. So, to say the least, Africa has been on our minds a lot over the past few weeks.

4204712471_d1456e678c_b Meredith is leaving to go to South Africa for three months. She will be living in Valley of 1000 hills in Kwazulu Natal with the organization Loving South Africa (LSA).

The mission for LSA’s trips are, “to get our hands dirty laboring alongside our partners as they minister to the ‘lepers of today’; to deepen existing relationships with our partners so that we can truly love them accurately and support them in their areas of greatest need; and to ultimately be Jesus to and see Jesus in the ‘least of these’ in the AIDS epicenter of the world.”

We love Meredith’s heart to serve those hurting and sick in South Africa. We pray for her time there and that she is blessed along with the people that she is serving! Eliza will miss her a great deal, and we will too!

Follow her blog while she is gone!

Photo is from Alex, and it was taken at our Christmas party this year.

Karen and I have been friends since junior high school. She has felt called on a two week mission trip to Nairobi, Kenya with Grace Community Church. A group of six are going to teach computer skills at Nairobi Evangelical Graduate School of Theology (NEGST). They will also be helping consult on strategic planning issues that the school is facing. Another aspect of the trip will be for the team to spend time building relationships with families at Nairobi Chapel, as well as visiting social justice focused ministries in the area. Sounds like they are going to be busy! I am excited to hear about all that Karen sees and learns!

Follow Karen's team on their blog.

Photo of Karen and I was taken at my baby shower for Eliza in March of 2009.

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