Kraybill Christmas Newsletter 2017

“I bring you good news that will bring great joy to all people.  The Savior-yes, the Messiah, the Lord-has been born today in Bethlehem, the city of David!”  Luke 2:10b-11

Merry Christmas from the Kraybill’s!

Dear Friends,

We’re so thankful for the gift of Jesus, and the salvation that He brings to the whole world!  We’re also thankful for each of you and your support in so many ways as we serve God here at Rift Valley Academy (RVA) in Kenya.

We have just finished up a 13-week term here at RVA which has felt like a marathon in many ways.  We have loved getting to know the 18 girls in our dorm, and coming alongside these girls as they live and grow here at RVA.   Rod has spent many hours this term playing ping pong with several of the girls, improving his and their skills.  Lori has spent a lot of time in the kitchen: cooking dorm meals and birthday suppers, making dorm and special treats….along with popping lots of popcorn!  Rod continues to work in his office helping AIM members with leadership training and coaching, while Lori has been working part time with the 4th grade in student support.  Please pray for us as we welcome these girls back into our home and lives in less than 4 weeks, along with a new girl to RVA.  Pray that our girls would have a wonderful month at home being with their families who work in 8 different countries in Africa.

This term has been difficult for the senior class, of which Anissa is a part of.  There have been some issues that have divided the class and caused a lot of hurt and pain.  Pray for Anissa and her class, that God would bring healing and reconciliation, and that these students would grow in their relationship with God and each other.  Anissa has applied to several college’s Occupational Therapy Assistant program in Florida.  Pray for Anissa as she continues in the application process, and that she would know God’s leading where to attend college next year.

Each Sunday at RVA, we pray for unreached people groups (UPG) in Africa.  This year each class has adopted an UPG that they will be praying for until they graduate.  Several of the classes presented their UPG’s on Sunday mornings this term.  Anissa’s class is praying for Libyan Arabs, 9th grade the Berbers, 6th grade the Islands (where we worked), and 2nd grade the Samburu.  How exciting that our students get to pray for people groups who don’t know Jesus, and that this puts UPG’s on the hearts of our students for the rest of their lives!  Pray for these UPG’s that they would come to know Jesus.

In just over a week, we will begin to welcome Rod’s family to Kenya, and on the very last flight Alanna and Autumn.  We will be 19 in total!  Pray for safety as the Kraybill clan travels to Kenya, along with our travels within Kenya while they’re with us.  We are so thankful to have extended family here for Christmas, and that we get to be together as a family during our girl’s college break, praise God!

This past October, AIM began a new online donation system which makes online giving easier for you.

Here is the link to our own personal page:  https://usgiving.aimint.org/missionary/1038220

We have now been serving with AIM for 17 ½ years, and we continue to be so thankful to God for providing for all our needs, financial and otherwise!

Blessings,

Rod, Lori, Alanna, Autumn and Anissa