2007 was a momentous year for the Brooks Family. Overwhelmingly, it was a good year. Sure, there were some rough spots, but I would not trade what I learned from them for anything. I thank God for 2007. It was a pleasure to serve Him, and I look forward to another year with Him.
Some highlights from 2007:
- Emma Caite Brooks was born.
- The same day she was born we bought a car, ending two years without our own vehicle.
- I had much fun adjusting to driving here in Kenya. You know, they drive on the opposite side of the road from what I was accustomed to. Also, there is no defensive driving; instead, there is only offensive driving. The more offensive the better.
- Our ministry shifted from being predominately about teaching people to help each other, to providing emergency food relief to families.
- Kate and I committed to each other to open the orphanage before 2007 was finished. In fact, November was our target.
- Andrew celebrated his 9th birthday.
- Emma was declared a U.S. citizen.
- Kate suffered through malaria.
- We continued to assist families with food, healthcare, and school fees.
- Kate celebrated her birthday.
- Some family offered to pay our airfare to the U.S., and so we began to plan a visit.
- My car was "clamped" by the Municipal Council of Nakuru. This injustice went unnoticed by most of the world.
- I stepped down as senior pastor of a church here in Nakuru in order to focus our resources on A Future and a Hope.
- We discovered the joy of introducing Kenyans to the idea of mixing Coke with ice cream. We continue to deliver this tasty concoctions to as many folks as possible.
- Butterfly celebrated her 4th birthday.
- Visited the U.S.
- Still in the U.S. We visited many friends,family,and new friends while there.
- Back in Kenya, our home. We came back with 16 pieces of luggage! Yes 16.
- Located a house to start the orphanage in.
- Leased land to start a farm on.
- Grenade came into my life, and quickly out of mine and into Andrew's.
- Bought a modem from Safaricom and for the first time in two and a half years had an Internet connection at home.
- We expanded the voices on our blog.
- Moved to the new house.
- Invited Ben and Pauline to move in with us and help with the orphanage.
- Edith and Grace, were the first orphans to move into our home.
- Partnered with another ministry to help facilitate visiting the sick and dying.
- Makena and I celebrated birthdays.
- I learned how useful 33 U.S. dollars could be. Part 2 is here.
- My mom got an email address.
- We mixed up the dates for Thanksgiving Day and missed it.
- Added Beatrice, Sarah, Mercy, and Sarah 2 to our home.
- Tried to find the forgotten.
- All our girls are HIV free!
- Found schools for the girls to go to, some for the first time in a few years.
So there you have it.
Missionary to Kenya. Co-founder of A Future and a Hope, a home for orphaned girls.