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May 2018 / ANDRESINAFRICA.COM
COMING "HOME"
The lakes and the mountains will always feel like "home" to us!
Webster's dictionary defines being "at home" as being "relaxed and comfortable, at ease; in harmony with the surroundings; on familiar ground." When we think about "home" these days we find ourselves somewhat confused. Paul says in Philippians that our citizenship (our true "home") is in heaven. For us, that passage has become even more real as we now feel like we have two "homes" on earth - Coeur d'Alene and Nairobi (even though neither of them is our "true home"). 
Coeur d'Alene is the place we will always go back to. It's the place that feels familiar and where we can relax and be comfortable. It's where we grew up, where we brought Zuri home from the hospital and the only place we've ever owned a house. But now Nairobi is home. It's where we live, our place of residence. And we are becoming more and more comfortable here. This is our life now. This is where God has called us. This is our "home" now. 
This is the place we call "home" now.
As part of our ministry with Africa Inland Mission, we are commissioned by our sending church, Anthem, to go and do the work God has called us to. Part of the going includes coming back to the place we were sent out from to report on our ministry. And, believe it or not, the time is fast approaching for us to do that.
Some global missionaries stay on the field for two, three or even four years before returning to the place they were sent from. And when they do that, they often return for four months, six months or even one year. Our plan looks a little different. We intend to return annually to reconnect with supporters, report on our ministry, rest and regroup for another term in Kenya. And since our kids will be starting school in September, we need to do that this summer so we can get back for their first day of school.
We can't wait to gather together with our Anthem Church Family to celebrate what God is doing!
We have reserved our plane tickets and we are looking forward to time in the states with many of you - time as a church family, to report on what the Lord is doing in Africa, and in fellowship encouraging one another. Our tentative dates to be in Coeur d'Alene are July 15th-August 24th. We'll fly into Vancouver, Canada (because it was WAY cheaper than flying into Spokane) and drive down through Seattle on July 14th or 15th (Seattle friends - stay tuned for details on a Seattle get together!). We have been setting aside a percentage of our overall support each month to account for our annual time back in the states, to cover the extra expense of travel back and forth for our family, but this year our plane tickets are more expensive because we had to wait for approval from AIM to travel back annually (which meant reserving our tickets later than we had planned). We have $1,000 of the total cost still remaining for our family of five to get back to Idaho to report on our ministry here in Kenya. Would you consider giving to our “Home Assignment” project to help us raise the funds remaining to go? Donate Here.
2018 - THE YEAR OF AFRICAN MOBILIZATION
The African Church – growing, vibrant, and confident in the Gospel – has tremendous untapped potential to reach this beautiful continent and beyond.
As a mission, we have designated 2018 as the “Year of African Mobilization.” AIM has always sought to equip and mobilize Africans for the Great Commission; this is not a new idea. We didn’t start in 2018 and we won’t end in 2018. But this year is to be a year of special emphasis.
AIM's International Director, Luke Herrin, has written a wonderful article explaining the heart behind this focus on African Mobilization. He says, "I believe that AIM is at a point of a major shift of focus. For most of our history we have been pioneers, doers, people who went into the forests of Congo or the urban deserts of North Africa to bring the gospel to the unreached. And this will certainly continue. But as we go, might we become, more and more, a mission that invites, equips, sends, trains, serves, or encourages African workers to do the same – whether together with our workers or as part of new initiatives and teams? Can our focus shift, from that of mostly doing to include that of mobilizing?"
Read the article HERE.
Pastor Joseph, being interviewed here by the On Field Media team, is an African missionary in Garissa, Kenya.

On Sunday, July 1st, 2012 three men drove into the Africa Inland Church compound in Garissa. Two of the men alighted from the vehicle and walked towards the police officers who were seated about 20 meters from the church. They shot them dead with pistols at close range. They then took their firearms, two AK47 rifles loaded with 60 rounds of ammunition, and fired several shot in the air — forcing the congregation to rush towards the back door for safety. Then they hurled two grenades into the church and opened fire indiscriminately, killing nine worshippers on the spot. Another three were killed as well, bringing the total death count to 14.
Pastor Joseph (pictured above) had felt the call to be a missionary to unreached people groups, and that call had included a move to Garissa (which has a very large population of Somali immigrants and refugees) prior to the Al Shabaab attacks on the AIC Church. He was there that day. His wife was shot in the leg, but somehow he managed to escape unscathed. He and his wife have since returned to Garissa and continue their ministry there. Stay tuned for the video with more of Pastor Joseph's story (which will be used in AIM's efforts to mobilize more Africans for mission).

Would you join us in prayer as we seek the Lord in his vision for the people of Namibia?
Apparently Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are rumored to have chosen Namibia as their honeymoon destination, but that's neither here nor there; and since they've delayed their honeymoon, we'll all just have to wait and see anyway. 🤷🏼‍♀️ But the real reason we're writing about Namibia is because Jordan is traveling there next week for ten days with AIM's Southern Region Executive Officers and Unit Leaders to explore the possibility of new work there. As the trip is very much exploratory for AIM's Southern Region, would you join us in praying that the Lord would lead us; and if this is where he would have us go that we would be obedient, but if it is not in his plan at this time that we would be open to that as well? We'll have more to report next month, but for now prayers are so appreciated!
Jordan has never seen a cheetah in the wild, and they're his favorite animal, so he's really hoping to catch a glimpse of one!
If you're unfamiliar with Namibia, here are 5 interesting facts:
  1. There's a lot of space. Namibia is one of the least crowded destinations on the planet. Only Greenland, the Falkland Islands, Mongolia and Western Sahara (in that order) have fewer people per square kilometer.
  2. Nearly half of the country is protected. Namibia takes conservation seriously. In fact, more than 40 percent of the country is under conservation management.
  3. It's the only African country with a female leader. Namibia elected its first female leader in 2015. Saara Kuugongelwa is the country’s fourth prime minister and the only female leader on the continent at the moment.
  4. More cheetahs live in Namibia than anywhere else. Namibia is home to the world’s largest population of free-roaming cheetahs.
  5. It has Hollywood connections. Namibia’s dramatic landscapes, which range from desolate deserts to shimmering salt pans, have been used as the backdrop for numerous big budget blockbusters including most recently Mad Max: Fury Road.
THINGS TO PRAY FOR THIS MONTH:

Thanks be to God:
  • For the ways He is working all over this planet.
  • For allowing us to really feel that heaven is our true "home." He has uprooted us from our "home" in the States and moved us to another "home" which often still doesn't feel like home. But through it all we are learning more and more to press into Him and seek Him for comfort, instead of seeking the things of this world. 
  • For the Holy Spirit moving among Africans to reach their fellow African unbelievers - He IS TRULY ON THE MOVE!
Join us in asking Him:
  • For provision for the added expense of travel this summer back to the States to report on our ministry, to rest, and to regroup for another term in Kenya.
  • For more and more African brothers and sisters to be mobilized to reach those around them who do not yet know Christ. 
  • For His will with Namibia and the upcoming travel for Jordan and the team, as well as for patience and endurance for Kristin as she cares for all three kids alone for ten days. 
Thank you for partnering with us in this ministry!
Jordan & Kristin Andre
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March/April 2018 / ANDRESINAFRICA.COM
MATEO PAUL ANDRE
Mateo Paul Andre made his way into the world on March 23rd at 4:06pm local Nairobi time. Weighing in at 9lbs 3 oz and 21 inches, he is our biggest baby by far!
The story of Mateo's birth is certainly one worth sharing. It begins on Wednesday evening, March 21st. No, I wasn't in labor that long! But we had a pretty epic dance party at home that evening with Moses and Zuri and Jordan's parents! I did everything in my power to dance the baby out (see pic below) and was literally trying my hardest to break my water (as smart or not smart as that may have been). Well, I didn't get the epic water-breaking moment some women experience (and that you most often see in movies or on TV), but my water did break that night and the entire next day, Thursday, I experienced what felt like me peeing my pants all day. Super weird. But no contractions. It was very disappointing, and I knew if I didn't start contracting ASAP I would have to be admitted to the hospital and we'd have to begin the interventions (aka - Pitocin, my dreaded enemy). So that evening I took a hot shower and literally cried out to God in anger about how this was not the redeeming story I was hoping and praying for. Not the redeeming story so many others were praying for on my behalf. I hate to admit it, but I was actually quite mad at God. He could have intervened, he could have changed the scenario. But he didn't. He didn't. And I was mad. 
Yes, they all put pillows in their shirts so I wasn't the only preggo dancing!
That night (Thursday night) nothing happened. I didn't start contracting and my water didn't do anything different. So, the next morning, Friday the 23rd, we headed to the hospital to get things going. Thankfully, I had an amazing doctor who started out by rupturing my water the rest of the way. Apparently, there are two membranes in the bag of waters surrounding the baby and I had just barely ruptured one of them. So he ruptured the other one and then I had that "gushing" moment. Well, let's be honest, it lasted longer than a moment. But after that, I was allowed to walk around to see if contractions would start. If you know my story with Zuri, you know how familiar that was for me. Contractions never started with her, so I had to start Pitocin. I figured that would be what would happen again this time, but God, in his mercy, had a different plan this time around. Contractions started! And they got more and more painful and closer together! How happy I was to be feeling the pain! So weird to even write that, especially now being on the other side of ALL. THE. PAIN.
First picture as a family of FIVE!
I was hoping to have a water birth, and the hospital where I was birthing had one birthing tub, so it was a possibility, but the birthing tub was in another wing from where I was laboring and (long story short) I went from 6cm dilated to 10cm dilated so quickly that there was no way to move me from my labor room to the room with the birthing tub. So, while I'm a little disappointed that I didn't get to try that this time around, I am so thankful to report that I was able to bring this big baby into the world without Pitocin (Praise the Lord 🏼) and without any other interventions or drugs. It took me about 45 minutes to push him out, thanks to him turning his big head sideways (and causing me SO much pain!) but he arrived safely at 4:06pm and I was SO thankful to have him out!! We didn't know if he was a boy or a girl. and we hadn't settled on a name, so  later that night, as I looked back on the day's events and all that had happened, I repented for my anger and unbelief and I felt so clearly that he was to be named Mateo, which means "Gift from God." He truly is God's gift to us - in the form of a healthy pregnancy, a safe delivery in Kenya and a redeeming birth story!
Join us in praying for the Laarim of South Sudan.
ON FIELD MEDIA'S LATEST UNREACHED PEOPLE GROUP SPOTLIGHT: The Laarim
The Laarim practice Africa Traditional Religion with some Catholic influence. They are highly aware of spiritual forces,  and believe in a supreme being who controls all of life, including the health of their cattle. They believe spirits of their departed ones roam the earth and they can communicate with them through prayers and offerings which they perform collectively in designated ritual places.
Also known as the Boya or Narim, the Laarim live in the Boya Hills of South Sudan. It’s a rugged and hilly terrain with rich savanna, high grasslands and scrub bushes. They live in small settlements. Social and cultural life is centered around cattle, with livestock being their only known natural resource. They breed them, eat their meat, use them as dowry to get a bride, drink their blood and milk, and sleep on their hides. The culture is patrilineal, with strong ties of community solidarity. Initiation rituals are followed for passing into adulthood, and dowries are paid for brides. 
Zuri and Moses with their new friend Mitchel (pronounced Michelle).
In other news, just days after Mateo was born, Jordan and our kids went with Jordan's parents to Kibera to visit our friend Rose and her family (Mitchel pictured with our kids above is Rose's granddaughter). They all shared a delicious traditional Kenyan meal prepared by Rose at her house, and our kids had so much fun - they came home full of excitement and joy at all the newfound friends they made and the new place they got to visit! They didn't even notice the poverty all around them. They just made friends. And played. For hours.
It constantly amazes us how kids are kids wherever we go. They don't see what we see and it's truly an incredible thing. Perhaps that's why Jesus told us all to never lose our childlike hearts? 
A view of part of Kibera from nearby Rose's house. This photo doesn't do it justice in terms of its massive size.
We've shared about Kibera before. Unofficially, it is the largest urban slum in Africa, but no one really knows how many people live there. Estimates vary widely, from 150,000 to 1.5 million. Probably the best guess is a "density" survey made from aerial photographs which put the number around 800,000.
Zuri playing at our friend Rose's house.
Now that we live in Nairobi, just a short walk from one of the entrances to Kibera, and have friends who live in Kibera, it is no longer just a place we read about. Or a place we share statistics about. It's a place our friends call home. It's a place our kids friends, like Mitchel, call home. It's real to us. And that changes how we talk and pray about it. It is still a destitute place, but there's  such beauty in the midst of it all and our friends who live there are beautiful; wonderfully made in God's image. Just like all of us.  
We celebrated our first Easter in Africa, while Jordan's parents were still here! Mateo was sleeping, so this is the best family photo we could get.
Easter fell just a little over a week after Mateo was born, so it looked a little different for us than it would have if he were a bit older. But Jordan and the kids and Jordan's parents were able to celebrate with our church family and we all shared a delicious Lebanese meal that evening. The above photo is at the Lebanese restaurant. We've had lots of rain in Nairobi this past month, hence the [super colorful] big umbrellas. 
The kids, Jordan and Jordan's parents also got the opportunity to go on safari at Nairobi National Park this past month. Click HERE to view all the photos.
Just a few miles from our home is a wonderful game park filled with so much African wildlife. The kids were so excited to go on their first real African safari! They saw zebras, rhinos, hippos, monkeys, giraffes, wildebeests, lots of birds, and lots of smaller animals as well. Click the picture above to view Jordan's full gallery from their eleven-hour game drive!
OUR PRAYER THIS MONTH:

Wow. What a crazy month it has been! Obviously, with the addition of Mateo to our family, we have been in a constant state of adjustment. It's always crazy adding a new member to the family and newborns require so much at first. Would you continue to pray for us as we adjust to life as a family of five? We're doing well overall, but we're tired. So prayers for strength and endurance are greatly appreciated!

Also, would you join us in praying this month for the Laarim of South Sudan? We praise God for Napir's baptism last Sunday! Pray that in her early steps of faith she would be protected from the enemy's attack and that our AIM teammates would continue to be able to teach and encourage her. Pray that this would be a great witness of personal faith and acceptance of Jesus to those around her. And also pray for God to send more workers into this harvest! 

With lots of love and grace,
Jordan & Kristin Andre
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BABY BOY ANDRE HAS ARRIVED!
MATEO PAUL ANDRE
We could not be more thrilled to announce the arrival of our newest little addition : A BOY!!

In Hebrew, Mateo means Gift of God and that’s just what he is - God’s gift to us!

He arrived at 4:06pm local Nairobi time on Friday, March 23rd. Measuring 21inches and weighing in at a whopping 9lbs 3oz!

The story of his arrival is coming, but for now, we wanted to send a quick update to let you all know of his safe arrival. Mommy and baby are doing well and we are so thankful for this incredible little blessing from the Lord!

With much love from Kenya,
The Andres - Party of Five
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February 2018 / ANDRESINAFRICA.COM
WAITING ON A BABY...
A Digo girl carrying a baby. We're pretty sure this is the original inspiration for the Ergo Baby carrier!
Jordan has just returned from a quick trip to the Kenya Coast to learn more about AIM's efforts among the Digo people.  The Digo (pronounced dee-go) are an Unreached People Group of about 500,000 living in Southeast Kenya and Northeast Tanzania. Historians disagree as to whether the Digo migrated to their current location from Somalia or Southern Africa. Originally they settled deep within sacred forests in order to worship ancestral spirits and to be safe from warring tribes. Islamic traders visited the coast of Africa as early as the 10th century and had contact with the Digo. During the 19th and early 20th centuries, the Digo experienced a time of great famine. It became a common practice for them to give either themselves or their children as kore, or "blood money," to serve as temporary collateral for a loan of food. Sadly, there were many times when the debt could not be redeemed, thus leaving them to live as slaves. Many of the Digo who were brought to Mombasa as slaves later obtained their freedom by converting to Islam. Ties with traditional practices (such as animism, the belief that non-human objects have spirits, and ancestor worship, the practice of praying to deceased ancestors for help and guidance) still have more influence on the Digo community than does Islam. One example of spiritism is their use of blood sacrifices. Such sacrifices are very significant to the Dido, especially in the exorcism of evil spirits. Witchdoctors are also consulted regularly. Will you join us in praying for the hundreds of thousands of Digo people who have yet to find freedom in Christ and for our co-laborers who are living and loving the Digo on the Kenyan Coast?
Our official "due date" is March 18th, but this mama is READY!
We are having a baby THIS month!!! We've been waiting nine looooonnnng months to say those words, but the time has finally come! We will actually get to meet this kid this month and we couldn't be more excited! It's all a bit surreal still, being on the verge of our family changing so drastically by going from two to three kids. But we think we're ready. As ready as we'll ever be! Thanks to the incredible Women's Bible Study Groups at Anthem Church and quite a few others (friends, family, etc), we have been completely and overwhelmingly blessed with nearly everything off our Baby Registry! What an incredible blessing!!  Jordan's parents have just arrived with all the goods and we feel so loved!! Jordan's mom is a labor and delivery nurse, so we've been hoping and praying this kid would wait to come until she gets here. Now that she's here, those prayers have turned to "c'mon baby"! With both our other two kids Kristin had to be induced because it got to be too late and wasn't really safe to keep waiting, so would you pray that she actually goes into labor on her own this time around? That would be such an incredible blessing! 
Dance Party with SO MANY KIDS from our neighborhood in our front driveway/courtyard area!
We have tons of kids right around Moses' and Zuri's age in our neighborhood! They are constantly coming knocking at our gate after they get home from school and on the weekends. One particular Sunday afternoon there were seriously around 20 kids who wanted to play, so Jordan brought our speaker out to the front of our house and played DJ. He took requests for kid songs and the favorite (by far!) was the song from Frozen! They requested that one over and over and over again - and they ALL knew the words to the chorus. It was hilarious to watch them all dance and  listen to them all sing at the top of their lungs! When it was time for our kids to come in for dinner (we eat MUCH earlier than most Kenyan families who eat dinner around 8pm) there was much whining and sadness and none of the kids (ours included) wanted it to end! I have a feeling this will become a regular weekend activity around here!!
Have you ever heard how much Jordan LOVES baby goats?!
Ok, seriously. Jordan has this intense love for baby goats. When he sees one, he literally HAS to pick it up and he gets this big, goofy grin 🏼 on his face. He will run around chasing a baby goat until he catches it. It's amazing. And hilarious. And I'm sure you think I'm joking, but I'm not. He really, really, really loves baby goats. This particular goat was brand new, born just hours before Jordan held it and it was a much needed source of joy after the team finished a mentally taxing and spiritually draining walk through the Digo sacrificial holy grounds in Kwale. 
Here's a behind the scenes look at Jordan and Shaggy (one of our OFM teammates) capturing an interview with one of AIM's missionaries among the Digo.
OUR PRAYER THIS MONTH:

This month is a really big month for us. Our lives are about to change forever as we add another new little life to our family. Would you pray for this baby to come on its own, for Kristin to go into labor spontaneously without intervention? Also, prayers for her to produce enough milk to fully feed the baby would be HUGE. Many of you might not know, but after Zuri was born we discovered that during pregnancy Kristin's body does not produce enough of the glands that produce the milk to feed the baby after delivery. The condition is known as Insufficient Glandular Tissue (IGT). It can get better with each pregnancy, so we are praying that with this third baby there will miraculously be more than enough milk! 

Other than that, would you pray for our other two kids, Moses and Zuri, as they adjust to another sibling? Both of them are SO excited for the baby to be here, but it is always an adjustment, especially as Kristin will be so sleep deprived for a while and will be very consumed with the baby and the baby's needs. 

Lastly, would you join us in praying this month for the Digo people of Coastal Kenya - that they would come to know the freedom only found in Christ?

With lots of love and hope,
Jordan & Kristin Andre
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WHAT A MONTH IT'S BEEN!
Kristin (and baby) and Zuri hanging out by the (unheated) pool at the little hotel where we stayed for our training and orientation.
We spent most of January in a little town called Nakuru, which is about three hours north of Nairobi, in a little African hotel for AIM's Africa Based Orientation. We joined about 20 other new AIM missionaries who are serving all over Africa to learn more about African culture and worldview, spiritual warfare, ethnomusicology, and how to be intentional with things like language learning in hopes of developing real relationships and sharing the gospel. It was such a sweet time of connecting with other AIM missionaries and hearing what God is doing all over Africa. We shared a tiny little hotel room with our kids for three weeks straight, so by the time the training and orientation was over and we were headed home to Nairobi (just a few days ago), we were excited to be sleeping in our own beds again. But even still, it was a wonderful time!
Kristin sharing her story of how God got us to Africa. Check out that baby belly!
Is this little one a BOY or a GIRL?! We are so excited to find out and meet him or her NEXT month! Overall, this pregnancy has been really amazing. Kristin is admittedly very ready to meet the baby and to be done carrying around that belly all day every day. But truthfully, we are both so thankful for her health and the baby's health thus far. We are also extremely excited and thankful that both sets of our kids grandparents are coming out to visit around the time this little one is due to arrive. Jordan's parents are coming first. They leave early March and will stay for just over three weeks. We're hoping for them to be here for the birth of the baby. Jordan's mom is a labor and delivery nurse and has been such a huge help in each of our other two births, so we're really hopeful she can be here for this one in Africa too! And while we're all at the hospital, the plan is for Jordan's dad to stay back to hang with Moses and Zuri. Please be praying for that all to work out!
If you're wondering if there's anything we need for the baby, the answer is YES! :)
Even though this is our third kid, we are basically starting over in the baby gear department. Truth be told - we got rid of most of our baby things in preparation for our big move out here, long before we knew of God's plan with this third baby. So, while we certainly don't need ALL THE THINGS, there are some very practical things we do need that we cannot get here. We figured the easiest way to let people know what we need was by creating a registry on Amazon. So that's what we've done. We certainly don't need everything to be brand new, so if you have some of this stuff and are looking for a good second-hand home for it, we'll gladly take gently used things! As we mentioned, Jordan's parents are coming here March 6th and they're happy to bring baby things out with them! If you're a part of Anthem, Sandy Wild is collecting things so feel free to get them to her by February 20th. If you live out of the Coeur d'Alene area, you can just send things to Jordan's parents: Steve & Stephanie Andre, 4420 E Dodd Rd. Hayden, ID 83835 (that's the address Amazon will automatically send things to if you purchase from the registry). A HUGE thanks to everyone who's able to bless us in this way! It means SO much to us!!
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Moses scoping out the area on the way to hike a crater outside Nakuru, Kenya.
Since arriving back in Nairobi, we have been praying through what it's going to look like moving forward with school for Moses and Zuri. A few months ago, we went and visited the Nairobi Waldorf School and it was further confirmation this was the school for our kiddos. A challenge at this point is that we currently live about 30 minutes from the school without traffic (which can add minutes or hours to the commute). We are praying and asking God about the possibility of living closer to the school,  if that is where he would have Moses and Zuri. If so, we pray that He would make that clear and provide a place for us to move to that is within our budget. The Nairobi rental market runs the gamut, and often affordable housing options take a long time to find. But this school is not a Christian school and we see it as a huge potential ministry opportunity for our entire family, so we are trusting God to handle all those details. Would you join us in prayer for this big decision?
Watch the VIDEO that celebrates 25 years of ministry with the Dorobo of Kenya.
Africa Inland Mission’s ministry among the Dorobo of central Kenya began in 1991. For their entire first  year, a team of AIM missionaries simply spent time with the Dorobo by living among them, learning their customs, practicing their language, and building long-lasting friendships. Now, more than 25 years later, after accepting Christ and being baptized, several Dorobo men have attended discipleship training courses or Bible colleges. They go on outreach projects together and teach at pastor’s conferences. The Dorobo have found self-worth, acceptance, and salvation through Jesus Christ, and it is that message that inspires them to bring the Good News to their Dorobo neighbors on the next ridge. God has given Dorobo believers new life and is inspiring them to become missionaries to their own people. Join us in praising God for this incredible transformation and in praying for their continued growth and faithfulness. Watch the inspiring Dorobo story HERE. Produced by the media team Jordan is on.
A sincere THANK YOU to everyone who sent Christmas Cards!!
In one of our past newsletters we made an appeal for Christmas Cards. Oh my goodness, so many of them arrived while we were in Nakuru in January! What a huge blessing to come home to a giant pile of cards from friends and family! It's so good to get to see your faces and some of your growing families! Thank you to everyone who sent a card - our kids (and us adults) absolutely love looking at all the fun pictures! Thank you for remembering us!!
OUR PRAYER THIS MONTH:
Heavenly Father, 

Only you know the way these next few months will play out. We are waiting in hopeful anticipation for this precious little baby to arrive, and of course, we ask for a smooth delivery that results in a healthy mama and a healthy baby. We also ask that Kristin would go into labor on her own, that her body would do that this time since that has not happened yet for her with either of our other two babies. Also, practically, we ask for labor to start at a time when we won't have to sit in crazy Nairobi traffic to get to the hospital (please no birthing a baby in our car!). Lastly, we ask for Kristin to produce abundant milk to feed this new little one and we believe in faith that that is fully possible. With you, all things are possible! And oh how we long to give you the glory in the retelling of this birth story! 

We also pray for more workers. For others to answer the call to share Jesus among unreached peoples. May we love so deeply that we share not only Jesus, but our lives with our neighbors as well. Speaking of neighbors, we ask for opportunities to establish and deepen relationships with muslims who live in our neighborhood, and that they may come to know you, love you, and share you with others.

Thank you for caring about the details and walking us through this!
Jordan & Kristin Andre
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2017: WHAT A YEAR IT'S BEEN!
Our last year as a family of four!
In March we will become a family of five. I'm still wrapping my brain around that one. And I think because we are waiting to find out the gender of this little baby (like we have with all our babies) it makes it even that much more surreal. We literally don't know the most distinguishing thing about this tiny human - are they a boy or are they a girl? Only God knows. And in a few short months, we will know too. And I'm certain, because it's happened with both our other two kids, that from that moment on - from the moment we meet our number five - we won't be able to imagine our lives without him or her. But for now, it still feels like a dream, like it will always just be the four of us. So, while I'm struggling to fully grasp the reality that's about to hit us all, I've decided to instead just take a quick look back at some highlights from  2017 - our last year as a family of four.
Last January was filled with snow and sledding and cousins!
February brought even more snow, which meant lots of rally rides on what we lovingly call "The Green Machine" - Jordan's parents'  little four wheeler!
In March we let our kids dress up in Halloween costumes just to go to Costco (knowing Halloween would be a thing of the past for us)!
April allowed just the two of us time to celebrate our 10-year anniversary (a few months early) in Maui - what an incredible blessing!!
In May we sold many of our earthly possessions at our big garage sale, which, of course, included  a strawberry lemonade stand!
June brought lots of travel to see and say goodbye to friends and family, and we even snuck in a camping trip with dear friends!
July was spent around North Idaho, mostly out on the lake with friends and family, and this little lady turned three!
In August, we said our final goodbyes, or as we prefer to call them "see you later's" and boarded the plane for Nairobi!
September will always remind us of our transition house - where we first lived when we arrived in Nairobi. The kids had a pretty sweet fort there!
In October we took the kids out to the Giraffe Center, which is only about a 30-minute drive from our home. They absolutely LOVED it!
November meant the end of the school year for many of our local Kenyan neighbor kids. Moses and Zuri have loved making lots of new friends! 
December's highlight was the camping trip we just took with new friends who serve with AIM AIR. We all felt so refreshed getting out of the city!
YEAR-END GIVING
If you would like to make a gift to our ministry for the 2017 tax year, you can make it online up through tonight at midnight EST. Just click HERE. Thank you!!
OUR PRAYER AS WE END 2017:
Father in Heaven: 

You have truly blown us away with your goodness this year! Somehow our entire family moved across the globe and you have been in every step. It certainly hasn't been easy. This year was filled with some very high highs and some very low lows, and saying goodbye to so many of our dear loved ones was most definitely one of the hardest things we've done yet. But as you've called us, you've been faithful to walk with us. And we know you are in this move. Transition to life in Kenya has also not been easy, but at the same time, we've been welcomed into the AIM family here in Nairobi with open arms, which has made it so much easier than if we were trying to do this ministry alone! As we move forward into 2018 our prayer is that we would find our place here in Nairobi more and more, that we would have more opportunities to share about you - who you are, what you've done and thus who we are in you. 

We love you with our whole hearts!
Jordan & Kristin Andre
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October 2017 / ANDRESINAFRICA.COM
SO MUCH TO BE THANKFUL FOR
Don't let the kids' faces fool you - they absolutely LOVED feeding the giraffes!
This is Edd. He's the biggest twiga (Swahili for giraffe) at the Giraffe Center just outside Nairobi.  He's also the friendliest. He stands at a whopping 18 feet tall, he's six years old and he absolutely loves people. Jordan got a kiss from him - yep, you read that right. Jordan put a pellet of food on the edge of his lips and Edd slurped it right up, giving him a nice sloppy wet kiss! Zuri and Kristin each got a kiss from Stacey, a smaller female giraffe. Moses wasn't so sure about getting a kiss, so he's the only one who missed out - but rest assured, the kids fed them handfuls and handfuls of pellets! We stayed there for a few hours and also saw baby warthogs rolling in the mud with their mamas. Our goal is to do something fun with the kids every month; something new and exciting and unique to living here. So, this was it this month. And they really haven't stopped talking about it since we went! If you come to visit us in Nairobi, our kids will definitely want to take you to feed the giraffes!
Kristin is about five months along now; the baby is due to arrive near the end of March.
As many of you already know, we are expecting our third child this coming March. And while this news was a bit of a shock, we are extremely excited and thankful God chose us to be this little babe's parents. What a huge responsibility, but what an incredible blessing. If you think of it, would you pray for Kristin and this new little life God's growing inside her. Admittedly, being pregnant is something she feels she's not very good at, and she's often exhausted and feeling like she doesn't have  a lot to give in this season. But God knew this was coming for our family. He planned it for this time. So we are trusting his timing, even though it's certainly not what we were planning for right now. There's also all the stuff that comes along with birthing a baby here in Nairobi - it's all new to us, but we've found a great doctor that we really like and Kristin is hoping to have a water-birth in the hospital. All the prayers are so appreciated!
This is the best "first day of homeschool" picture we could get. Goofballs.
Moses and Zuri both "officially" started school the beginning of October. We are homeschooling for now and we are all enjoying it so far. Moses has such a great foundation from the two and a half years he was in preschool in Idaho, so he's ahead of where he needs to be, which takes the pressure off his teacher (🏼) to make sure he's up to speed in Kindergarten. And Zuri is loving practicing her colors and shapes and learning about the fruits of the spirit - like love and patience. Eventually, we hope to find the right fit in a school for them, but for now, as we are still in transition, this is a good fit for our family. 
This is our in-ground water tank. A while back, we were almost out of water so Jordan got inside and cleaned the tank while the kids supervised. 
Water is life. It's extremely important. And when you're almost out of it, the way you do just about everything changes. When we were almost out of water, our entire thought process shifted. Suddenly, we were recycling the water we used to clean the floors and to wash the dishes. We had to put baths and showers on hold for a few extra days while we wanted to see if our tanks would get filled up again by the city. Thankfully, just before we completely ran out of water, the city delivered and all of a sudden we heard the glorious sound of our tank filling slowly! This may seem like a silly thing - it's certainly something we completely took for granted when we lived in the states. We always had plenty of water. Literally never even thought of it. But here, it's completely different. Water is a luxury, not a guarantee. And something we praise the Lord for!
This is the entire On Field Media team with the media office in the background. 
Jordan is now working with the team and in the office at a full-time capacity. Our team leaders (the couple on the far right, Josh and Heidi, with their adorable little baby, Miles) are heading back to the states in a few weeks for six months, so the entire team is working hard to prepare for their departure as well as to be set up and equipped to continue the work while they are gone. The family in the middle, Shaggy and Lauren and their three kids, landed in Nairobi with us the end of August. Mark, to the left of them, has been serving with AIM for a few years now and was previously in Lesoto on a TIMO team living in the hills among shepherd boys. He's been in Nairobi since early July. And the family on the far left, Adam and Gina and their three girls have been with OFM for about a year and a half now. As we've mentioned before, there is (and has been) a lot to learn, but God is good and we are confident He has big plans for the team in this coming year! 
We can't do this alone. And thankfully we were't meant to!
Now that we've been here a few months and have had some time to evaluate where we are at financially, it has become clear that we are still about $200 short on our needed monthly budget. A few people who had pledged to join our team before we left ended up being unable to fulfill their monthly commitments, which has left us just shy of where we need to be. We are SO thankful for all of you who read this newsletter month in and month out who are a part of our monthly team - truly we couldn't do this without ALL of you! If you are reading this and aren't a part of our monthly team, would you just stop right now and ask God if perhaps he's leading you to partner with us in this ministry in a financial capacity? And if he lays an amount on your heart, would act on it? We have people on our team anywhere from $20/month all the way up to $400/month. It's truly not about the amount, but about what God's calling us all to - some to go (like us), some to send (perhaps that's you?).  Here's the link to our brand new giving page:
OUR PRAYER THIS MONTH:
Our Good, Good Father: 

We have SO much to be thankful for - a growing baby on the way, water in our tanks to wash and drink, a team to work alongside in telling the stories of what you're doing all over this incredible continent among Unreached People Groups, and so many people to partner with us in this call you've placed on our lives. Truly, you are the giver of good gifts! You care about the details and you are in the midst of the everyday stuff of our life. You are always there. And you always care for us far better than we could ever care for ourselves. Thank you for taking care of the details - for knitting this baby together in Kristin's womb, for water, for friends who are like family, who know us and love us well, both near and far. 

You blow us away time and time again - thank you!
Jordan & Kristin Andre
WE LOVE LITTLE NOTES OF ENCOURAGEMENT!
Since our last newsletter, we have received a few letters with notes of encouragement and it has meant SO much to all of us. Sometimes we get hand-drawn pictures from the kids' friends back home, sometimes we get stickers, sometimes we get postcards. All of it is SUCH a blessing to us! One other thing the kids would love to get in a letter is character bandaids (weird, we know...but they love them!). 
We would like to also make an appeal for CHRISTMAS CARDS!
If you're sending them out this year, would you include us on your list? We most likely won't receive them until January, but that's ok! We would love to hang them up in our new home! And an international stamp is only $1.15! 
Here’s our address:
Jordan & Kristin Andre
C/O Africa Inland Mission - OFM
P.O. Box 21171
Nairobi, Kenya 00505
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September 2017 / ANDRESINAFRICA.COM
SETTLING IN...SLOWLY
Moses and Zuri are starting to make friends in our new neighborhood!
Pole pole (pronounced pole-a, pole-a) means "slowly" in Swahili. And that's how we're settling in. Slowly. Nothing really moves quickly here. But we are officially in our permanent home, which is SO, SO good for our entire family! There is still much to be done before this place really feels like home. for instance, we are currently sleeping on mattresses on the floor while we wait for our bed frames to be built. And after that, the same guy who's building them, will build us a dining room table. So at the moment, we are sitting around a very tiny fold up table. But it works! And we are happy to have a place to call home - a place to share meals together and places to lay our heads. We are truly blessed! 
Sharing a plate of homemade nachos and a Krest Bitter Lemon soda (anyone know what that is?!) around our tiny table.
September has been a month of more crazy! We've visited lots of new places in the city and found our way all around this place we're now calling home. Traffic is basically insane. And grocery stores are probably my least favorite places to go. Especially if I have to take the kids along. I really wish you guys could see it - some of the stores are so tiny, with such itty-bitty, packed aisles, I can barely get myself around, let alone make sure my kids stay with me and out of everyone's way. And the rules of personal space are just so different here, people are all over us all the time - it's slightly anxiety-induvint and completely overwhelming at the same time. But it's life now, and we are figuring out how to make it work. Step one - always grocery shop solo! ;)
Zuri playing pretend "store" with new friends. This version was WAY less stressful than the actual thing!
I mentioned that traffic is insane. I'd love to expand on that, but I really don't even know how to describe it. Luckily, both Jordan and I had been to Nairobi before, so we knew what to expect with traffic. And our time living in Los Angeles certainly helped us prepare. But when you take the differences in personal space and add that to the differences that exist when people line up (they don't really form a line, everyone just crowds in and pushes their way to the front), it makes for a very messy situation on the roads. There's really no order to it. I mean, sort of there is. But also sort of not. It's like a video game. Just crazy.
Sometimes traffic even looks like this!
Jordan has started with the On Field Media team, but it's been a slow start, which we are VERY thankful for! There is a lot to adjust to on all levels and it's been a huge blessing that he's been able to take it slow. He's going in to the office for team meetings and is learning so much about how the media team functions. As with any new job, it all takes time to adjust to, but he's enjoying getting to know his new teammates and he's certainly looking forward to his first trip to tell the stories of God at work among Africa's Unreached People Groups!
When he's not doing the media team thing, he's visiting our local "hardware store" to outfit our home with all the little things we still need to be functional. 
We are in the process of purchasing a vehicle! This is a really BIG deal for us as it is something we've worked really hard at. THANK YOU to everyone who has given toward this big purchase! Having a car here literally means we have the freedom to go where God's called us, to function as a family (grocery runs using Uber are not the easiest), and it means our kids will always be strapped in their carseats, which is something this mama is VERY thankful for! If you have never been outside the U.S. you may not know that carseat regulations are completely varied by location - and here there are none! I literally saw a mama pass her four or five month old baby from the front seat to the back seat the other day while we were driving behind them! It really threw me for a loop too because the mama was sitting in the passenger seat, but in the U.S. that is the driver's seat (we drive on the opposite side of the road here, and cars have the steering wheel on the opposite side of the car here) and immediately my brain thought, "that's the driver, turning around, passing her baby to the back seat - whaaaaaatttt!?!" Luckily, she was the passenger. My brain is just on default U.S. mode. But still. I'm just thankful for carseats. 
The new (to us) car is a Mitsubishi Pajero, and although you may see a few dents and dings, it is in good working condition and we are very excited about it!
Kenya is making world news headlines once again. As you may or may not know, Kenya held it's presidential elections back on August 8th. The incumbent was declared the winner, but the challenger, a man named Raila Odinga, disagreed with the outcome. He submitted his case to the Supreme Court and shortly after we landed in Nairobi the Supreme Court declared the election null and void, stating there were irregularities in the results. The election re-run was due to take place on October 26th, but Odinga withdrew a few days ago saying, "We have come to the conclusion that there is no intention on the part of the IEBC (electoral commission) to undertake any changes to its operations and personnel...All indications are that the election scheduled for October 26th will be worse than the previous one." As a result, "considering the interests of the people of Kenya, the region and the world at large" it was best that he withdrew from the race. Click HERE to read the full article from BBC.
What happens next?...It's really anyone's guess.
Odinga's withdrawal follows weeks of protests by his supporters who claim he was cheated out of a win. [Baz Ratner/Reuters]
One last thing: if you've made it this far, you deserve to know...I'm pregnant. 🤰🏼

You read that right. We are expecting our third child here sometime toward the end of March or early April. And while this was quite the surprise for us, we are overjoyed to be welcoming another baby into our family! Would you join us in praying for a healthy baby and a healthy pregnancy? So far everything is looking good. Baby is healthy, mama is healthy. We have our 20-week ultrasound in a few weeks, so prayers for that would be so appreciated!
OUR PRAYER THIS MONTH:
Sweet Jesus, 

What can we even say? This transition has been crazy. We've felt your love in completely new ways as we've been brought to the end of ourselves at times and we've rejoiced with you as we've actually transitioned fairly well in many aspects. Transition is not over yet. We know that. And that means we still need you more than ever. There are still so many things to work through and decisions to be made. Would you help us to take it one day at a time and to lean into you as we navigate life here? Would you remind us to slow down, even in the midst of the chaos, and would you bring us to our knees in reverence for you and all that you've done and have yet to do in and through us?

We love you and we're with you - no matter what!
Jordan & Kristin Andre
WE WANT TO KEEP IN TOUCH WITH YOU!
Last month we mentioned an app called WhatsApp for keeping in touch. Well We have new Kenyan numbers, but if you enter these into our contact info on your phone then we can still text or iMessage. Here are our new numbers:
Jordan: +254 721 807 544
Kristin: +254 721 758 944
You can just add these numbers to our existing contact info - keep our old numbers too! We plan to use those again when we're back in the states. 
Oh, and just a friendly reminder - we are 10 hours ahead of Pacific Standard Time (for now). Once Daylight Savings ends, and you all "fall back" we will be 11 hours ahead. :)
Also, if you want to send letters or little things that will fit in an 8.5x11 sized envelope (at the largest) we now have a P.O. Box! Our kids would LOVE some pen-pals, so please let us know if you or your kids are interested in writing back and forth!
Don’t send anything really valuable, and definitely don’t send money! Also, we don’t recommend sending actual packages (anything larger than an 8.5x11 envelope) because 1) you’ll have to pay a lot to get it here and 2) we’ll have to pay a lot to get it through customs. Also, it’s highly possible things will get removed out of packages before they ever get to us. So it’s just not worth it to send bigger things. Here’s our address:
Jordan & Kristin Andre
C/O Africa Inland Mission
P.O. Box 21171
Nairobi, Kenya 00505
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August 2017 / ANDRESINAFRICA.COM
WE'RE IN KENYA!!
The kids love to help out in the yard and with cleaning. Here Zuri is helping to water the plants in the backyard of our transitional house.
Wow, what a whirlwind this past month has been! We spent loads of quality time with friends and family and said our goodbyes - or what we prefered to say was "see you later"! It was an extremely emotional month but God is so good and we felt so loved and supported by our home church, Anthem, and so many people who are a part of Anthem, as well as by our family and friends both near and far. From the numerous coffee dates, lunches, dinners, to getting out on the lakes and park playdates with our kids, it was truly an incredible month of good, quality time with so many of the people we love. And we would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to everyone who made us feel so loved and who sent us off so well. You all know who you are - we couldn't have made this move without you all by our sides, covering us in prayer and standing behind us as we actually left. What an incredible thing to be a part of the body of Christ!!!
We were able to join Kristin's parents in celebrating 40 years of marriage in Cannon Beach! That's haystack rock behind us!
August started off with us heading to Cannon Beach, Oregon for some quality time with Kristin's family. Her parents celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary by renting a beach house for us all to stay in for a week. It was wonderful! And we were able to escape some of the smoke early August brought on (which we know was nothing like what early September has brought on). After that, we were prayed over and anointed by the elders at Anthem and we started the process of saying goodbye to so. many. people. It was wonderful and heartwrenching all at the same time. And then...the adventure began!
Saying goodbye to good friends was not easy, but we felt so loved and supported by everyone who came out to our "see you later" party at Bluegrass Park!
Now to the plane rides...we know you're all wondering how in the heck those went?! Well, we started off the morning of August 22nd at the Spokane Airport for our first two of four flights. That day we flew from Spokane to Phoenix, had a two hour layover and then flew from Phoenix to Atlanta. We landed around 9:30pm Atlanta time and had to figure out a way to get all our bags (and kids, carseats, and stroller) outside to the taxi (which for us was a 15-passenger van). That was nuts! Luckily, we grabbed Chick-Fil-A in the airport before attempting that craziness! 
Thank goodness for movies on planes! We pulled out all the stops while traveling, including allowing our kids to watch way too many movies ;)
We were in Atlanta for less than 48 hours. Just enough time to be prayed over and sent out by AIM's US office. The afternoon of August 24th, we loaded up all our bags once again and headed to the Atlanta Airport for our next two flights. Seriously, our kids are champs. They rocked the plane rides. And even though Zuri came down with hand, foot and mouth the day we left - yep, you read that right, she flew from Spokane to Atlanta, spent a day and a half in kids camp at the Atlanta AIM office, and then flew from Atlanta to Amsterdam to Nairobi all while suffering with hand, foot and mouth, somehow, we all survived! Don't get me wrong, our usually super easy-going little girl was a hot mess, but thanks to a steady rotation of meds, she made it. And so did her parents. We landed in Nairobi around 10pm local time August 25th.
Our kids were involved in 1 of 3 activities during our long flights: eating, watching movies or sleeping. Here Moses passed out after a session of media bliss while Zuri chows down on some airline snacks!
So, what does life look like now? We've been on the ground in Kenya for about two weeks now and we're really just barely starting to get our bearings. Nairobi is HUGE. Nearly four million people. But what we know from living in Los Angeles is that you find your little piece of the city and you go from there. You get to know it and it begins to feel like home, and after that, you start to venture outward to see what else the city offers. So that's where we're at. This is our little piece. We're getting to know the local guy who sells all these fruits and vegetables right outside our neighborhood and we are all loving the absolutely delicious bananas, pineapples and mangos!
Moses asked if he could get a pineapple (because he "really wanted one!"), so Jordan and he walked 5 minutes to nearby stand and bought what ended up being the most delicious pineapple! Produce here is so fresh and amazing!
We're in a temporary house that's fully furnished and has a kitchen stocked with all the things you'd need to cook and prepare meals. It's wonderful, but it doesn't feel like ours. Our permanent home is having some work done - they just replaced the old, cracking parquet floors with new tile and this week they will paint the entire inside for us. Once the work is finished and the place is deep cleaned, we can begin the process of moving in. But first we have to navigate the process of purchasing furniture (essentials like beds are the top priority) and all the things that make a kitchen functional (dishes, cups, utensils, pots and pans, etc). And there's no Target here, no Ikea, no Costco. And we currently don't have a vehicle. We can't purchase one until our residency permits are finalized. Thankfully, for us that process starts this week! But in the meantime,  we wait patiently for things to fall into place and for our house to be ready to be made into our home.
This gives a pretty good look at the transition house backyard where Moses and Zuri love to clean and help out with household chores! Yep, that's the clothesline where we dry our clothes.
Will you join us in praying that things keep moving with our house and with our residency permits? And that eventually we find a good, reliable vehicle and all the necessary things to make our house a home?
OUR PRAYER THIS MONTH:
Father in Heaven, 

This month has been one for the books! We are still in transition and still in full-on sensory overload most of the time. Thank you for a seeing us through and getting us here in one piece with all our luggage! Thank you for going before us and for meeting us here, in the chaos of adjusting to a brand new way of life. Thank you that our kids are adjusting quite well. We know times will come when they just want to go back to the US, but for now, they are making new friends and are generally quite happy with this new life. Please comfort us when the sting of missing friends and family and the comforts of back home sets in. Please grant us patience in the waiting - waiting on a car, waiting on our home, waiting to start full-on with the media team. Thank you for being so patient with us even when we're struggling to be patient for what you have in store. 

We love you with our whole hearts!
Jordan & Kristin Andre
WE WANT TO KEEP IN TOUCH WITH YOU!
One of the easiest ways for us to keep in touch with everyone back in the States is through an app called WhatsApp. It's free to download to your smart phone, and it will pull all your contacts who are using it into the app after you download it. Here's the thing with us, though: we have new Kenyan numbers, so you'll have to enter these into our contact info on your phone (be sure to use the plus (+) symbol before entering the number (that's how the format must be for WhatsApp to recognize us as one of your contacts). Here are our new numbers:
Jordan: +254 721 807 544
Kristin: +254 721 758 944
You can just add these numbers to our existing contact info - keep our old numbers too! We plan to use those again when we're back in the states. 
If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to reach out via Facebook Messenger or email. We're happy to help you get WhatsApp setup!
Oh, and just a friendly reminder - we are 10 hours ahead of Pacific Standard Time (for now). Once Daylight Savings ends, and you all "fall back" we will be 11 hours ahead. :)
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July 2017 / ANDRESINAFRICA.COM
THE FINAL COUNTDOWN
Life is just crazy. Simply put, we are living in total chaos almost every moment of every day. We moved out of our house and passed the keys to renters on July 16th, and everyday since then has just been a little bit nuts. We are officially without a home, which definitely has its challenges with two little kids, but God has been so faithful to bring us through it and even allow us all to enjoy the sweet time we are getting with friends and family before our big departure date which is set for August 22nd. 
For all our local friends in the North Idaho area, we will be hosting an open house, farewell party at Bluegrass Park on Sunday, August 20th from 5-8pm. It's going to be very low-key. Just a chance for anyone who wants to and is able to stop by to say goodbye, or preferably "see you later" to us before we depart. We'll be bringing a picnic dinner for our family, and if you're interested, we'd love it if you do the same. Come eat one last meal with us and give us all a hug! We'd love it!
This sweet little silly face turned three almost two weeks ago and I'm not even sure how that's possible. She is our goofball. Always making us laugh. Always down for anything. She gives the BEST hugs and is such a little love. She's been incredible during this transition, and has the most amazing bond with her big brother. She loves him SO much. It's adorable. She's adorable. And we thank God continually for the gift that she is to us! Our prayer for her in this next year is that she comes to know our Heavenly Father in a whole new way through this transition to life in Africa, that He would draw her in and she would see and feel His presence in a very real way through all the changes this next year will bring. 
Once again, this past month has been PACKED! We've gotten to enjoy good time with Jordan's sister and her husband and their three kids from Los Angeles (they came up to CDA for a week the beginning of July) which meant we got to go to our local theme park, out on the lake, and got to have all sorts of crazy cousin time at the grandparents driving the four-wheeler, swimming in the kiddie pool, having water balloon fights, and of course shooting off a few fireworks. We also celebrated Nana's birthday (on the 4th of July) with a lovely little hometown parade and fireworks, took numerous friends out on the lake with us, moved out of our house (that was the craziest of all), loved on our nephew, Immanuel, from Austin when he was up for a few days, celebrated Zuri girl's birthday with a little party in the park and a ride on the carousel, drove to Southern Idaho with good friends who introduced us to new friends who live in Nairobi, and celebrated our 10-year anniversary just a few days ago! Wow. We just keep packing more and more in. I think when we actually land in Nairobi we are going to sleep for a week!
We're raising money for a vehicle to get us from place to place in Nairobi and beyond. We have about half of what we need to purchase a reliable vehicle in the city, but if you feel God leading you to contribute to this one-time expense of ours, please click the link below. Thank you to all of you who have already contributed to this big need! We thank our God continually for you all and the ways He has provided so far!
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Can you email us a picture of you and your family? We would love to be able to take a physical copy with us to Nairobi for our kids to look at (they aren't on social media ;) and for us all to pray over during our family prayer times for you all.
You can just reply to this email with the picture. 
OUR PRAYER THIS MONTH:
Sweet Jesus, 

Your ways are always so much better than our ways, and your timing is always perfect. Even when we can't see what you're doing and we don't understand what's going on, you are there. You are at work. And you care about us deeply. Thank you for choosing us for this journey, this adventure. It is wild and crazy and out of control already and we wouldn't have it any other way. The way you are weaving this story together makes us rely on you, trust you, and turn to you when we're at the end of ourselves. Thank you for bringing us to the end of ourselves (I can't believe I'm saying that!). Thank you for being there for us in the chaos and for aligning our path with your will.  Please help us get through these goodbyes with full hearts and our eyes on you. 

Thank you for walking us through this and for meeting  us on the other side!
Jordan & Kristin Andre
08/02/17: IN ALL THINGS

The first time I moved I was too young to remember much of anything. It was an in-town move, just a few miles from one house to the next. From a small home where we all lived on the same level with a real wood-burning fireplace and a sandbox in the back to a tri-level home that allowed us to spread out a bit, grow strawberries in the back and get our first family dog...

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June 2017 / ANDRESINAFRICA.COM
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IT'S OFFICIAL!

THE ANDRES ARE GOING TO AFRICA!!!


We have reached our goal for monthly support and are officially cleared for take-off!

PRAISE THE LORD!!
🏼  🏼  🏼

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Our official leave date is set for August 22nd.

That morning, we'll head down to Atlanta for a few days at the Africa Inland Mission US Headquarters.

Then from there, we'll head to Nairobi on August 24th.
There is still SO much to do! As you can imagine. We are in the middle of packing up our entire house to move out by the middle of July for renters to move in. That means we're making decisions about everything we own - what gets donated, what gets recycled, what gets packed and moved to Nairobi with us, what stays in storage (not much!). It's all slightly overwhelming, but we are taking it one day at a time. And we can only take what fits in our suitcases, so most of it has to go. If you need something that you think we might be getting rid of, please let us know! We have a couch, kitchen table with four chairs, dresser with matching bedside tables, a corner desk, two wooden bar stools, a wooden end table with three drawers, and a bookshelf/tv stand. All the money we make on these items goes directly toward our vehicle fund!
We're also trying to be really intentional to spend as much good, quality time as we can with friends and family before we hop on that airplane to the other side of the world. Some of you may notice our departure date is a bit later than we had originally anticipated. While we did reach our monthly financial goal on June 8th (again, Praise the Lord!!), we were still quite a ways under budget for our initial one-time expenses (because we focused all our time and effort on monthly partners, we weren't able to put much effort into securing one-time donations) and we had much to do still in terms of practical things - like attaining medical clearance (we all had to have full physicals, blood work, etc to make sure we are healthy before we go), and completing the required Bible competencies (since neither of us were theology majors in college, we have had to take five college-level theology classes in preparation for ministry), along with lots of other things on our list that I won't bore you with (think paperwork, paperwork  and more paperwork). But when you put all of that on top of moving out of our house and trying to say goodbye well to everyone we love, it just caused me (Kristin) some serious anxiety (and if you know me, you know I'm really not an anxious person). It made me feel like this 🏼
So, after much prayer and seeking council from so many people we look up to, we  decided, along with our team leaders and the folks in the AIM US office, to delay. Initially, when we made that decision, we weren't sure what our departure date would be. Kenya has presidential elections on August 8th, and travel is not advised anytime around then (there have been years when these elections have gone relatively smooth and there have been years where they have been downright bloody). So, we stepped out in faith and trusted that God still had the perfect timing for us. Turns out, it's August 22nd! And you guys, seriously, it has been a breath of fresh air for me! I was starting to feel like I was going to be crushed under the weight of it all, and now I feel like I can breathe again! Our God is SO, SO GOOD!! 
This past month has been PACKED! We've been to Portland as a family, Moses graduated from preschool, I (Kristin) went to Los Angeles for a long weekend which also had me driving out to Palm Desert to see dear friends, we sold our car, we've hiked, been out on the boat a few times, had a college reunion with Jordan's old housemates from Whitworth, camped on the Coeur d'Alene River with good friends, and we just went to Montana for the weekend to be with one of our new teammates, Mark, and his family and church community near Bozeman. He just left Thursday to make his way to Nairobi and by the time we get there he will be all settled in and undoubtedly will be showing us the ropes when we arrive! He spoke of what's awaiting him when he arrives - trips to tell the stories of God at work among Africa's Unreached Peoples, both on the continent and abroad. It made us SO excited to be joining this team, doing this work for the Kingdom!
OUR PRAYER THIS MONTH:
Father in Heaven, 

Thank you for giving us peace. Thank you for taking away the anxiety and always determining our steps. Your plan is so much better than our plan and we just thank you for the gift of time. Time to be with the ones we love before we head off on this adventure you've called us on, time to pack up and say goodbye well, time to rest a bit from the craziness of these past few months. You truly love us beyond measure. You see us at our weakest points and instead of being frustrated with us and our unbelief, you sit with us, pick us up, and walk us through it to a place of deeper understanding, deeper trust, deeper love. Thank you for that.

We love you and we trust you!
Jordan & Kristin Andre
07/01/17: ON THE EDGE

I sort of feel like we’re standing on the edge of a cliff right now, about to jump into unknown waters. With our kids.

They can’t swim.

What’s going to happen to them? What’s going to happen to us? Will we survive this jump? Will we actually be ok?

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May 2017 / ANDRESINAFRICA.COM
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WE ARE SO CLOSE!

We are at 75% of our total monthly budget!!

If you've been following along with us, you know we had set a personal goal to be at 100% by June 1st. That's today! Ahhh!

Luckily, AIM has given us a deadline of June 7th (which is in SIX days!) to be at 100%, so if you have been praying about joining our team and feel led to partner with us in this call to reach the Unreached in Africa, now is the time to officially sign up!
 

WE ARE SO CLOSE! 

If you haven't signed up yet but have been meaning to - NOW is the time!

Click HERE to join with us. 
As missionaries with Africa Inland Mission, we depend month to month and year to year on individuals and families who commit to be prayer and financial partners - people who may not themselves be called to move to Africa, but who choose to be a part of God's provision for the sending of our family. So we can do the work God's called us to do. People who believe in our family, believe in our call. People who will pray for us, stand with us, love us and send us well. People who won't receive any tangible benefits in return for their gifts (except the privilege of investing in something that is eternal - the chance for people from Unreached People Groups to come to know Christ).
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  • If you can't start your pledge until later in the summer, AIM will count it toward our overall pledge deadline on June 7th. We just need to know how much you plan to give and when you plan to start it.
  • We have people ranging from $20/month to $400/month. Every amount matters, no matter how big or small.
  • If you feel led, you are able to increase your current pledge. Just find the confirmation email you received when you set up your giving and click the link to login. 
"For the tithe of the sons of Israel, which they offer as an offering to the Lord, I have given to the Levites for an inheritance."

As one of Jacob's 12 sons, Levi, along with his 11 brothers, was entitled to receive an allotment of real estate in the Promised Land. But if you check the map in the back of your Bible, you will not find Levi's name. His allotment was given to one of Joseph's sons, and in place of land, he received a promise of the tithe. Ma'aser, the Hebrew word for tithe, means one-tenth. One tribe was selected to serve the other 11 tribes by administering the sacrifices, recording and teaching the law, and attending to the duties of the Tabernacle. 

Today, of course, the Levitical calling is not the same. As Christians, redeemed by Christ's once-for-all sacrifice, we do not require a special family of Levi's descendants to administer sacrifices on our behalf. However, the model - one tribe not permitted to earn a "normal living" but to serve others full-time - is still a model today. 

And for us, we are certain that this is a "calling" from the Lord. It's no easy calling. In fact, it has pretty much brought us to the end of ourselves. But, we are...
 
And God is always GOOD!
OUR PRAYER THIS MONTH:
Father in Heaven, 

Your word says in Proverbs that we are to plan our course and you will determine our steps. We have planned our course and that plan has led us here, to this June 7th deadline to be fully funded. But we know you are in control and if this is your will, it will come to fruition in this time. And if it's not your will, you will direct our steps as we continue moving toward Africa. We are trusting you as only you know what's best for us. Thank you for being in control. And thank you for all those whom you've drawn to partner with us in this ministry you've called us to. This is your work and we are just overjoyed that we get to be part of it! Thank you for choosing us to walk this path. 

We love you and we trust you!
Jordan & Kristin Andre
5/31/17: WHY IN THE WORLD ARE WE DOING THIS?

Jordan and I are right smack in the middle of the most challenging time of our lives. No joke.

This whole process of inviting others into our call and preparing to move our entire family to the other side of the globe is bringing us to the end of ourselves (and if you know my story with birthing and then trying to breastfeed Moses, and the postpartum depression that followed, you know that’s really saying something). This is the hardest thing we’ve ever done. Hands down.


But this process has refined us in a way that nothing else ever has... 

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