The Kraybill’s – April 2019

Dear Friends,

Summer has begun in Florida and we will be in the high 80’s for the foreseeable future.  Guess we’re not quite ready for summer yet, as we are headed up north this week.   We have the opportunity to visit and speak at our supporting church in Ft Wayne, Indiana this week.  We’re really looking forward to sharing how God is working in Africa and reconnecting with our church family.  Pray that our words and interactions would glorify God.

Praise & Prayer:

  • We’re praising God that He has provided us a place to live for this next year.  We have been house-sitting at AIM’s retirement center in Minneola, FL and must move mid-June.  Another house has opened on the property, and we are allowed to continue to stay here.  This is such an answer to prayer!
  • Alanna has been hopeful that she would be bumped to full-time in her current job. After 5 months, unfortunately it hasn’t happened, so she has started applying for other jobs again.  Pray that she would trust God in this process and would follow His leading.  She will be leaving for Turkey a week from tomorrow to co-lead a kid’s program for TCK conference (TCK = Third Culture Kids).  Pray that these kids would know they are seen and loved.
  • Pray for strength and perseverance for Autumn as she has a very full month finishing up her 3rd year at SEU. This summer, she will be co-leading the oldest group of girls at Winshape’s camp in Georgia.  Pray for wisdom and direction as she leads a new group of 15 girls every 2 weeks. They will spend the first week in the wilderness and the second week back at camp.
  • Anissa is in the process of applying to AdventHealth University’s Occupational Therapist Assistant program.  This Wednesday she writes a 2-page essay on campus, from there she will find out if she will be interviewed for a position into the program.  Please pray for her as she writes the essay and waits to hear if she will make it into the program for this fall. 
  • Rod will be facilitating another online Coaching Skills Workshop the end of this month with missionaries and ministry leaders living across Africa.  Pray that this training would be helpful in their lives and ministries.

Please continue to pray for the people of Mozambique as they start to rebuild their lives after the catastrophic cyclone that hit several weeks ago.  If you would like to give towards the relief work, please click on this link:   https://usgiving.aimint.org/project/famine-crisis-response     Any donations received to this project over the coming months will be used to provide emergency relief, supplies, and food to Mozambicans suffering in the aftermath of Cyclone Idai. This funding will either be deployed directly by AIM through its AIM missionaries on the ground and via their local connections and/or indirectly through supporting trusted partners who are actively bringing relief to Mozambicans in need.

We are so thankful for your continued prayers and support!

Love from,  Rod & Lori

Kraybill News – March 2019

Dear Prayer Partners,

Our trip went SO well.    Thank you for lifting us up in prayer and the ministry that we both are involved in.

Here are some highlights from our trip:

Kenya –

  • We were able to see all of our dorm daughters who are still at RVA, and many dear friends as well.
  • The time Rod had with the RVA leadership team was meaningful, insightful, and beneficial.
  • The conference for those working with Mu$lims from all around Africa went so well and we were able to connect with many coworkers.
  • Lori had a great time playing and spending time with the preschoolers of the workers at the conference.
  • We loved catching up with Lori’s brother and family who are serving at Rosslyn Academy in Nairobi, Kenya.

North Africa –

  • We visited the homes and shared meals with almost all of the workers with our company in this country. We could relate with the challenges of the work, and we pray we were an encouragement to them.
  • Rod co-facilitated a Life Coaching Skills workshop for 3 days and a training event called “4 Healthy Ways to Avoid Conflict.”  This was a highlight for Rod as he finds it energizing and rewarding to equip the saints for service, so that the body of Christ might be built up.  (Ephesians 4:12)
  • We received a LOT of positive feedback from the parents about the Third Culture Kids debrief that Lori was able to offer 8 kids in one of the cities we were in.

We feel like the Lord really directed our time on this trip to Kenya and North Africa.  We continue to be open to see where the Lord might be leading us next.  Thank you for your prayers for our time away.

As some of you might know, Mozambique just endured a very powerful cyclone.  Here is a report from one of the missionary families on the ground there:

We just received a message from Robert and Karis chronicling the events of the last 4 days. It is a truly heart rending account: mother in a tree with a baby and not reachable because of raging waters, people gashed from flying roofing sheets, cars overturned and submerged, expectant mothers giving birth in the midst of disaster, people terrified and immobilized by fear, people killed by collapsed walls, snakes swimming by while trying to rescue people causing more chaos, rescue rafts capsizing. Robert and Karis having to make life giving or the opposite decisions. And the rain continuing, and no end to the disaster in sight, no way in or out save by helicopter. So far none has shown up.  Do hold up these flesh and blood angels who are absolutely exhausted and without resources now, having given all they have.

Please lift up the AIM missionaries that are in Mozambique as they care for those around them with very limited and diminishing supplies.  If you would like to donate towards the relief work, just click on this link:  https://usgiving.aimint.org/project/famine-crisis-response

Until next time,

Rod & Lori Kraybill

Kraybill News – February 2019

Dear Prayer Partners,

Thank you for standing with us in prayer and in ministry!

We wanted to give you an overview about our upcoming trip:

Depart from Florida – February 8th

Kenya – February 9th to 19th

North Africa – February 19th to March 3rd

Arrive back in Florida – March 4th

We are looking forward to visiting Kenya and North Africa.  We are open to see where the Lord might be leading us next.  We would ask that you pray with us as we travel.  Here are our requests:

  • That we would be an encouragement and come alongside those we visit on this trip
  • That the training events would equip workers for the ministry at hand and the expansion of His Kingdom
  • That we would be adaptable to the normal challenges of overseas travel, meetings, training events, and ministry opportunities
  • That the Father would receive all the Glory for any lasting fruit that comes from this trip to Kenya and North Africa.

Thank you again for your prayers and partnership with us.

We will let you know how it goes once we return.

He is the reason we serve!

Until next time,


Rod & Lori Kraybill

Happy New Year from the Kraybills

Greetings Friends,

Happy New Year’s from all of us in Florida!   If you’re feeling cold up north, come for a visit.

We had a lot to celebrate in 2018, some of which were:

~Alanna’s graduation from college at John Brown University in May.

~Anissa’s graduation from high school at Rift Valley Academy in July.

~Rod’s Grandma’s 100th birthday in October.

~Rod finished his Master’s degree in Adult Learning and Organizational Leadership in December.

~Our 25th wedding anniversary in December.

We have much to be thankful for in these celebrations, and God has been faithful each step along the way.

Another word for 2018 was transitions, some of which were:

~Alanna’s transition from leaving college and her life there to settling into life in Central Florida.  She job hunted for 3 months and found a job mid-November.  She is working at a retirement community as a server.  It isn’t her dream job, but she’s thankful for a job and having an opportunity to be a light in her new community.  Pray that she would be a faithful witness to those around her.

~Rod, Lori and Anissa left Rift Valley Academy in Kenya in July.  Anissa then went to Costa Rica for 4 months of Bible school at Torchbearers in San Jose.  She is now back in FL with us and will be continuing to apply for colleges, get her driver’s license, and look for a job.  Pray for her continued adjustment to living in the States.  Rod and Lori have been adjusting to life in FL, visiting our supporting churches, and looking for a church in our community.  We have chosen to be a part of The Grove Church here in Minneola.  Pray that we would be faithful where God has planted us.

~Autumn did a study abroad program in Thailand in the fall and loved it.  She learned Thai language and culture and came alongside missionaries and their ministries.  She has now returned to Southeastern University in Lakeland, FL for her spring semester.  Pray for wisdom and strength in all that she is involved with this semester.

Through all of these transitions God has faithfully provided the comfort and growth that we’ve needed.

So, what’s ahead for us in 2019?

~Rod will continue to be the Training and Leadership Coordinator for AIM.  He will continue to come alongside missionaries providing life coaching, facilitating workshops, and coordinating training resources for missionaries and those in leadership roles.

~Lori has started a part-time with a Kingdom building company.  With the cost of living being higher in the States, and our support levels low the last 5 months; this has allowed us to not have to raise more support.  We feel this is an answer to prayer!

~Rod and Lori will be traveling to Kenya and North Africa from February 8-March 4.  Rod will be coaching the leadership team at RVA.  We will attend a conference for those working with mu$lims with Lori helping with childcare.  We will also be providing 3 workshop training events for workers in North Africa during our 10 days there.  Pray for safety as we travel, our girls while we’re gone and that we would be faithful in serving our Lord during this time.

We’re thankful for your prayers and continued support through 2019!

Rod, Lori, Alanna, Autumn, and Anissa

Kraybill’s December 2018

Merry Christmas Friends!

What a special Christmas this is for us as we get to be together with family and friends here in the States!  As we can easily receive mail here, we would like to shamelessly give you our mailing address in case you would like to send us your Christmas photo or a card:  1310 Hurlburt Way, Minneola, FL 34715.    We would love to hear from you!  Also, read through to the end so you can see some recent photos of our family

We have really enjoyed our new church, The Grove, that we have been attending here in Florida.  During the month of December, we are doing an advent study, The Coming, looking at these key passages that reveal the gift of Salvation for all the nations:

  • Beginning in Genesis 3, a prophesy of Jesus on the cross, was given when God said to the serpent, “And I will cause hostility between you and the woman, and between your offspring and her offspring.  He will strike your head, and you will strike his heel.”
  • Another prophesy of Jesus was given in Genesis 12 where The Lord said to Abram that, “All the families on earth will be blessed through you.”
  • This blessing is not limited to one nation as we read in Matthew 28 where Jesus says, “Go and make disciples of all the nations.
  • And ending in Revelation 7, we see the exciting outcome where, “a vast crowd, too great to count, from every nation and tribe and people and language, standing in front of the throne and before the Lamb.”

Isn’t it fascinating to observe how history unfolded and how God lovingly offered a way of salvation, though Jesus, not just for one nation but for ALL.  We are SO excited to join with God and His plan to build His Kingdom with men, women, and children from every nation and tribe and people and language! 

Love from,

Rod, Lori, Alanna, Autumn & Anissa

 

Kraybill October 2018 Update

Dear Friends,

Greetings from beautiful, warm Minneola, Florida!  We’re thankful to God for the opportunity to live at AIM’s retirement center for this year.  We’re slowly getting used to being in the States and are thankful for your prayers as we continue to make this transition.  He is good and faithful!  Thank you for your prayers as we’ve been church searching.  We have decided to start attending a small evangelical church here called, “The Grove.”  We hope to grow and bear fruit as we attend and serve in this church.

In September we made a 2 ½ week trip up north through Atlanta and then to Lancaster, PA and finally Marion, NY.  We were grateful to be able to visit AIM’s headquarters near Atlanta.  This office supports us and all the US AIM missionaries in many ways.  We were blessed to spend time with Rod’s family in Pennsylvania, and our supporting church there.  The highlight of our time was to be a part of Rod’s Grandma’s 100th birthday.  Grandma Keener has been a big prayer warrior for us and so many others.  It was a joy to help celebrate the 100 years God has given her.  We then went up to NY to visit our supporting church near Rochester.  We were able to share what God is doing in Africa as AIM seeks to reach the unreached.  We also shared how we’ve been able to help in this process by being dorm parents for missionary kids and equipping missionary leaders to fulfill their ministry roles through training, life coaching and leadership development.   We’re looking forward to visiting another supporting church in OH in November.  We’re so thankful for our partnering churches and supporters who give to us in many ways! 

We have counted it a joy to be able to spend the last 3 months with our oldest daughter, Alanna, as she looks for a job.  Although, she hasn’t found a job yet, we know that God will provide something for her.  Please join with us in praying for Alanna during this waiting time as she continues to fill out applications.  Pray against discouragement for her and that she would continue to trust in God to meet all of her needs.  Autumn and Anissa continue to enjoy their time in Thailand and Costa Rica.  Autumn has been learning Thai and helping with different outreaches to kids in the slums and helping university students learn English.  Anissa has been growing in her faith through her time in Costa Rica.  She loves learning Spanish and is enjoying her many Bible classes.  She’s looking forward to their mission trip in November to work with kids in Panama.  Please continue to pray for Autumn and Anissa as they keep on being stretched through their time overseas.

We have been getting emails this week from a family who works on one of the Islands where we used to serve.  Their island has seen a lot of political unrest over the years and is currently experiencing significant turmoil and gunfire on the streets.  Their family and the local people have all been housebound this week as they wait for the fighting to end.  Please pray for Tom and Megan, along with their kids and the two other team members.  Pray that they would be a light for those around them during this difficult time.

Thanks for your prayers,

Rod and Lori

Rod with his Grandma Keener who celebrated 100 years of life!

Kraybill August, 2018 News

Dear Praying Friends,

We’ve been back in the States for a little over 2 months.  We have gone from being in cold & gray Kijabe to hot & sunny Florida; driving for 1 ½ hours for groceries to now only driving a few minutes; having limited choices to having sooo many options.  We are definitely feeling some culture shock and are many times overwhelmed with life here, but we are slowly adjusting to being in the U.S. and living in Florida.  As we’re starting to settle into the home we are house-sitting, church hunting and beginning to work; it will soon feel like we’re putting down roots.  Pray for us as we transition to life back in the States and living for the first time in Florida.

We’re thankful for the time we’ve had with both sides of our family, and for being able to spend 10 days together as an immediate family.    Goodbyes are a big part of our life, and they are never easy.  It was hard to leave our dorm girls, friends and community at RVA, and we have already started the goodbyes in Florida.  We said goodbye to Anissa 3 weeks ago, as she left for her 4-month stay in Costa Rica with Torch Bearers.   She is attending a Bible school in San Jose which also does service, outreach, and missions to the local community and beyond.  Two weeks ago, we said goodbye to Autumn as she flies to Thailand for her 3-month missions study abroad program through her college.  She will be living in Bangkok, working with a missionary family, doing local outreach and learning Thai language and culture.  Pray for Anissa and Autumn in their time abroad as they grow and serve the Lord where they are living.  Alanna is living here with us in Florida and is currently job hunting.  Please pray for wisdom and direction as Alanna looks for a job in the Orlando area, transitions to life after college, and starts to make Florida her home.

So, what are we up to in Florida?

  • We are on Home Assignment (furlough) until the end of December, and then we are planning to work for AIM in Florida until 2021.  We hope to see many of you in the next 3 years as we visit family, friends, churches and supporters across the US.
  • We are house-sitting a couple’s house at AIM’s retirement center in Minneola, FL for the next year.  We hope to find housing nearby after that.
  • Rod will continue with his exact same AIM role doing training, life coaching, and leadership development with missionaries and leaders.
  • Lori will be serving at AIM’s retirement center in various ways, such as office support, caregiving, and cleaning.
  • We will continue to be full-time members of AIM and will need to be 100% financially supported.

Please pray for us as we grow and serve where God has planted us for the next 3 years.

If you would like to see and hear where we are living and serving, please click on this link:  https://aimint.org/retirementcenter/

Thank you for your faithful prayers and support of us,

Rod and Lori, Alanna, Autumn & Anissa

  

Kraybill News – Praise and Prayer

Dear Pray-er’s,

Greetings from Kenya!

Praise #1:

We wanted to give everyone an update about the Koinonia AIM Leadership meetings that ended a short time ago.  First, thank you SO much for praying and lifting up this vital time for the 150 AIM leaders.  It was wonderful and powerful time together.  I heard so many positive reports and feedback after this gathering. How rare and unique is it that so many leaders from around the globe can gather and hear from each other and the Lord.  I’m very encouraged and sense new invigorating changes happening inside AIM and amongst our African ministry partnership.  Praise the Father with us that His servants were encouraged, challenged, and left the gathering with renewed passion and purpose for their ministry and leadership roles.

Praise #2:

Last week Rod received notification from the International Coaching Federation (ICF), that they have recognized and awarded him the next level as a Professional Certified Coach (PCC).  This is something he has been working towards since 2014, so it feels like a significant milestone.  Praise the Father with us, as we watch how the Lord will further use these skills and abilities He has given, to ennoble His people around the globe.

Prayer #1:

Next week on Wednesday (Feb.28th), Rod will undergo a double hernia operation here at the Kijabe hospital located just 5 minutes from our home.  This is not an emergency operation but one that is required.  Rod will stay at the hospital overnight and then return home to rest on Thursday.  According to Google , the recovery time is 3 weeks for a single hernia operation.  We are not quite sure what that means for a double hernia operation.  Regardless, we would appreciate your prayers for the medical surgeon, the operation process here in Kenya, and for a swift recovery afterwards.

Thanks for standing with us in Praise & Prayer!

Rod & Lori Kraybill

Krabill News – Time Sensitive

(Early February)

We wanted to ask for prayer for the upcoming AIM leadership meetings happening this week. There are 150 AIM leaders and African partners coming together for 6 days in Nairobi, Kenya.   These leaders have come from around the world for this gathering.  Here are just some of the locations represented:  Canada, USA, Brazil, England, Germany, Scotland, Ireland, France, Hong Kong, Australia, New Zealand, South Korea, plus those who are severing in 23 wonderfully different countries on the continent of Africa.   So many nationalities, cultures, and personalities coming together for 6 days of worship, fellowship, partnership, and leadership training!

 

Here is the logo that we will be using for the AIM Leadership conference. 

 

Blessings,

 

Rod & Lori