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May 2019 / ANDRESINAFRICA.COM
CO-LEADING THE ON-FIELD MEDIA TEAM
The entire OFM team on a development retreat this past weekend  
We have some big news to share - Jordan is now co-leading the On-Field Media team! Our team leaders, Josh and Heidi (pictured to the right of Kristin with their little boy, Miles), have been praying for co-leaders for some time now - for someone to help with the ministry and to help with the relational side of the team. Our heart is to develop a strong team with trust as our foundation so we can be more effective in sharing the stories of God at work all over Africa and beyond. But trust is built one day at a time, moment by moment, so while we are not on a fast-track, we are so excited for Jordan to take on this new role in the hopes that we can help develop a strong sense of team unity and shared passion. Would you pray for us as we seek to co-lead this team that's always changing, growing, and developing?
We were on a podcast! Click HERE to listen!
We posted it on Facebook, but we figured we'd better also mention it here - we were on the Spirit Farm Podcast with Caleb Anderson a few weeks ago! It was super fun to chat with Caleb about what we do out here and how we're just normal people. One of Caleb's greatest childhood fears was that God would send him off to Africa to be a missionary, so we just loved having the chance to demystify the idea of international mission-work, to share our experiences of seeing the beauty in different people and cultures, and to show people what it looks like to follow God’s call on our lives... even across the globe! 
Zuri jumping on the trampoline with Teacher Tabitha!
This is Waldorf. Our kids teachers come to visit them at their homes. It's so cool. And still so crazy to us. The ways they love our kids are mind-boggling. It's so incredible. Zuri's teacher, Tabitha, came this past month for a visit and Zuri absolutely loved showing her all around our house - her room, the backyard covered patio turned play area, the flowers on the tree in our front yard, the trampoline in the front of our compound, the tree house in the back of our compound. All of it. It was so, so fun, and again, we feel so, so blessed by these teachers and this community we've found at the Nairobi Waldorf School. 
Mother's Day at one of our favorite new restaurants in Nairobi!

Mother's Day still feels like such a bonus day to me (Kristin). I've been a mom for seven years now, but it still feels a bit surreal that I get to be pampered and celebrated every May. Perhaps that's because I have quite a few friends struggling with infertility, I just can't possibly take Mother's Day for granted. Or perhaps it's just that I still feel so blessed to call these three incredible humans my kids. Either way, I'm so thankful to feel so loved by them and that handsome man standing next to me! 🥰 

Jordan interviewing one of our friends here for the "Sent" series.

This is some of what it looks like for Jordan on a daily basis here in Nairobi. There is, of course, a lot of editing (both photo and video) in front of a computer screen and also a lot of collaboration on all sorts of things amongst the team, but this is also a part of what he does here. He gets to scout out fun locations and interview lots of different missionaries for the "Sent" series. This is him interviewing our friend, Carrie, from the UK. A former police officer, she's been here nearly three years now doing crisis consulting for AIM. Be on the lookout for her video coming soon!

Our friend, Rose, invited us to her house for lunch with her family!

It's not the best picture, but we had a wonderful time with our good friend, Rose, and some of her family at her home in Kibera this past month. You may remember last year when Jordan's parents were here visiting, they went to visit Rose at her home, but Mateo and Kristin stayed behind (because Mateo was only a few days old). Since then we've been saying that we need to go and finally it happened! Rose's husband, Vitalis (pictured at the very left of the picture) lives outside of Nairobi, so we have been waiting for him to be in town before we visited again. 

Jordan with some of the OFM team and some of the Mission team of Africa Inland Church Langata.
A few weeks ago some of our team was invited to share at the Africa Inland Church in Langata (an area of Nairobi) where one of our friends, Moses Munyoki, is the mission pastor. It has been so encouraging to learn of the outward focus and intention this Church body has toward mission work. They even dedicate every May and October as mission focus months. So cool! Jordan was thrilled to partner with this local church body, share some of OFM's videos, and even strategize about how we can continue helping in the mobilization of Africans into mission work. Please pray for these relationships and partnerships!
Africa Inland Mission has an open door to serve in Chad. 

The country of Chad is a landlocked and harsh expanse, situated in the middle of the African continent and spanning the transition from desert to jungle, touching both sides of a divide between Christian and Muslim Africa. It’s a land of mystery and, most certainly, adventure – with uncharted territories, caravans, Sultans, and a fast-growing capital city. It is also home to fourteen million souls and two hundred distinct ethnic groups. It’s a land of tremendous potential for the gospel. Click HERE to learn more about our hopes for Chad. 

You wouldn’t expect to get a “missionary visa” to live in Chad; but you can.

Africa Inland Mission began working in Chad in 1987, following twenty-five years of turmoil since its independence from France and at a time when war, once again, was escalating. The work began alongside other mission agencies who’d formed a cooperative fellowship linked with the Eglise Evangelique au Tchad (EET), and together, they discovered 181 people groups in Chad, speaking 135 different languages. Of these peoples, 115 of them lacked a church. Today, there are still 73 unreached people groups in Chad. That’s around 6,898,000 people who currently have little opportunity to hear the gospel.

TEAM RETREAT!
The beautiful setting of our OFM team retreat this past weekend!

Our team got out of the city for a few days all together this past weekend and it was glorious. We went to a campsite on Lake Naivasha and it was so, so wonderful to breath the fresh air and spend time as a team all together. Here are a few pictures from our time there. Enjoy!

Behind the scenes - Jordan getting the shot!
Moses is growing up!
The girls playing around on the downed Acacia tree near our campsite  
A QUICK VISIT TO THE US...
Once again, we'll be boarding a plane to head back to the US in a few weeks for a short visit to California and Idaho!
We have reserved our plane tickets and we are looking forward to time in the states with many of you again this summer - time as a church family, to report on what the Lord is doing in Africa, and in fellowship encouraging one another. We will be in Los Angeles July 4th-13th, and in Coeur d'Alene July 14th-August 23rd. We'll fly into Rome, Italy for a few days first to enjoy some rest and relaxation as a family. We figured we may as well take advantage of the fact that we have to fly through Europe to get back to the US anyway, so this year, Italy it is! We can't wait!! For all of it!
THINGS TO PRAY FOR THIS MONTH:

Thanks be to God:
  • For the opportunity to co-lead this On Field Media team. What a joy and a privilege, and a responsibility we certainly do not take lightly.
  • For the Nairobi Waldorf School and the ways they love our kids. Truly, we feel so blessed. 
  • For time to get away and rest as a team. We always feel so refreshed after getting out of the city for a few days. What a blessing!
Join us in asking Him:
  • For wisdom, strength, and patience in this new role for Jordan with the media team. May his weaknesses be made strong through Christ.
  • For more African workers - the harvest is ripe, but the workers are few; specifically for workers in Chad. 
  • For our upcoming trip to the US - we will be in Los Angeles from July 4-July 13, and in Coeur d'Alene from July 14-August 23rd. We have lots of people to see and undoubtedly not enough time to see them all. Pray with us for grace for ourselves and our time there. 
Thank you for praying and partnering with us in this ministry!
Jordan & Kristin Andre
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March/April 2019 / ANDRESINAFRICA.COM
ALL THE THINGS...
We had a wonderful Easter, celebrating our risen Christ! And this year our kids even got to do an Easter egg hunt - such a blessing!!!
This past month and a half has been filled with so many things. Jordan went to Tanzania on a major production trip for twelve days (and somehow Kristin and all three kids survived! 🏼), Mateo turned ONE on March 23rd, Moses and Zuri finished up their second term at school and enjoyed a three and a half week break, we got out of town on a little getaway with some friends for two nights, we celebrated Easter on Jordan's birthday, and two days later we celebrated Kristin's birthday! A lot, a lot, a lot has been going on. But that's life, it seems. Never slows down. Never lets up. But all of those things were such good things and we're just thankful to have made so many good memories lately!
Moses got his walking stick from this Maasai man.
Just before Jordan left on his long production trip, him and Moses went with some guys from our church on a hike outside Nairobi in the Ngong Hills. Unfortunately, they went when we had still not yet had any rain, so everything was pretty brown and dusty, but they had a great time nonetheless! We are both trying to be more intentional about individual "dates" with our kids and this was one opportunity Jordan took to take just Moses and do something special with him. As you can tell from the picture above, Moses loved it!
I've said it before, and I'll say it again - Jordan LOVES baby goats!

This is Jordan in the village. Camera gear strapped around his waist, over his shoulder and on his back; cooling scarf around his neck; and happy as a clam holding a two hour old baby goat - the youngest he's ever held! He was so excited! Now whenever we talk of his production trips to village areas, you can just picture this exact moment. 

These guys so graciously posed like this for Jordan to take their picture.  

As a production team, we never want anyone to feel like they're being exploited as we tell the stories of what God is doing among them. And part of Jordan's approach when he's in a village setting on a production trip is to gain the trust of the people he's with. That means he takes the time to get to know people, he asks them about their lives, he picks up their baby goats (), he laughs and jokes around with them. etc. It also means he tries his best to make sure they know he values them.

These construction workers were excited to see the instant-camera print of themselves.

So lately Jordan's been bringing along an instant camera that prints photos on the spot (just like the old-school Polaroids) and he gives people these photos as a way of saying "thank you." That's just what he did for the above group of guys who were working on a home in the village. He got to know them by talking with them, showing him his camera, and taking an interest in what they were doing. Then he took their photo with their permission. And after that he gave them the print of their photo. They were so happy to have it! 

Jordan with our dear friends, the Vintons, who live in Central Tanzania.
Jordan's trip started and was primarily focused just inland of the coast north of Dar es Salaam (the capital of Tanzania), but he also was able to get into Central Tanzania to visit our good friends, Steve and Susan Vinton at their home (after a ten hour bus ride and then a two hour car ride from Dar). They help run an organization called Village Schools and they are just wonderful. When Jordan visited Africa for the first time, he saw the Vinton at their home, and my how it's changed in ten years! The school has grown, the clinic is finished, the trees have grown, their boys have grown and are now living in the US. But what a treat to see them!
Our friend Adam has some seriously crazy stories from his life with his wife and seven kids on the Kenyan coast among the Digo People.

Jordan had the pleasure of helping to shoot this video as well as take the lead on editing it. Really, the entire On Field Media team works together on all these videos, but it's especially fun when we get to showcase ones Jordan has had a major hand in. And this one is the story of one of our good friends, Adam, who has been through it all, it seems. Click the picture above or click HERE to watch.

Meet Richard, a Kenyan believer working among the Digo on the Kenyan Coast.

Our friend Adam is not alone in his work among the Digo. Richard is a Kenyan who, together with his wife, has felt the call to go to the Digo on the coast of Kenya as a missionary to them. Click the picture above or click HERE to hear Richard's story. The religious practices of the Digo are deeply rooted in spiritism and folk Islam, so reaching them with the Gospel has proven to be a very, very difficult task. Would you join us in praying for Adam and Richard and their families as they labor tirelessly for the Digo people?

Our little "Chunky Hunk" is officially ONE! Wow. Where did that year go?!

Mateo is such a happy little guy. This picture really captures him - almost always smiling that big toothy grin. He laughs at almost anything (especially his big brother and sister) and we couldn't be more in love with him. He's almost walking, but not quite yet. He took his first real steps on his own last week, but since then he has decided crawling is really the way to go still for him. So we'll see how long it takes him to really walk. For now, we are just enjoying everything about him!

Zuri at the Rainbow Festival at her school!
The Waldorf School constantly amazes us with their fun activities and festivals. The most recent festival was the Rainbow Festival for the younger kids (preschool and kindergarten) where Zuri got to do all sorts of water activities (hence the swimsuit - or "swimming costume" as they're called here). After all the fun, the parents and all the kids sat down together for lunch, as usual. Jordan was out of town for this one, but we always love making it a point to be at these things as they come up. They are such a great opportunity to chat with other parents and get to know people!
We did a lot of this over the kids' school break!
Moses and Zuri finished up their second term (they have three terms per year) at school the end of March. They didn't go back to school until after Easter, so we did lots of fun things while they were home. We took advantage of all the sunshine and finally got out our hammock, which we all love relaxing in. The kids also painted, played outside with friends all day, and rode their bikes tons. 
Mateo checking out the baby giraffe!
We also took time to go back to the Giraffe Center. We hadn't been there in nearly a year, not since Mateo was tiny. So even though this was technically his second time there, it really felt like his first time. He was pretty oblivious, but also a bit timid. It was really cute though to see him just watching the giraffes. He kept a pretty close eye on them.
Champagne Ridge!
Towards the end of the kids school break, we did manage to get out of town for two nights to a place called Champagne Ridge. It was lovely. The city really can have its challenges, so getting out of it, where it's quiet, and not so dusty/smoggy and there isn't any traffic to contend with is really important for our sanity. And while it wasn't as green as we would have liked (everything here has been brown until this past week when we've finally gotten some rain 🌧🏼), it was wonderful!
Birthday hike!
Kristin's birthday happened to be the kids last day off of school before going back for the start of their new term, so we wanted to do something fun as a family that day. So we went to Karura Forest, the largest protected forest area in Nairobi and hiked to some caves and a waterfall. There is also a great little restaurant inside the forest, so we had a lovely lunch and just as we were almost back home we got a glorious downpour of heavy rain - something we've been praying and praying for! What a great way to celebrate!!
Sunset at Champagne Ridge. Amazing!
THINGS TO PRAY FOR THIS MONTH:

Thanks be to God:
  • For an incredible trip to Tanzania for Jordan and the OFM team. They were able to capture so much content for a video they've been dreaming about for years! Now it will finally come to fruition!
  • For birthdays and times to celebrate - we are especially celebrating that some rain has finally fallen on this dry and weary land. And it really didn't take much to make things green around here again!
  • For time to get away and rest. We always feel so refreshed after getting out of the city for a few days. What a blessing!
Join us in asking Him:
  • For more African workers - the harvest is ripe, but the workers are few.
  • For a good last term at the Waldorf School - may we be intentional with our time there and may we take opportunities that arise to share about Christ.
  • For our upcoming trip to the US - we will be in Los Angeles from July 4-July 13, and again in Coeur d'Alene from mid-July to mid-August. More on that to come in the next newsletter!
Thank you for praying and partnering with us in this ministry!
Jordan & Kristin Andre
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February 2019 / ANDRESINAFRICA.COM
DRY, HOT & DUSTY
This is Namibia, but Kenya looks quite similar right now after two months with almost no rain.

Quite different from your average North American winter. Since December, it's been quite hot, with very little rain, which has made things pretty brown and dusty. We know most of you reading this are ready for winter to be over and for sunshine and hot weather to return, but we are SO ready for rain and colder temperatures! Not to mention the mosquitos have been SO, SO, SO bad this season. They get in through the screens on our windows and sometimes they even get into the nets around our beds. It's miserable and they are everywhere! Once the heavy rains come, they get cleared out. And while they will still be around, they will be nothing like they have been this past month!

Namibia is a country of vast expanses. Being twice the size of California with only 2.5 million people, you can drive for hours upon hours without seeing a single soul.
Remember when Jordan traveled to Namibia last June? He was there for ten days capturing the story of the Namibian Church and AIM's efforts to mobilize Namibian believers to reach those around them. And now his photos and the story are in AIM's bi-annual print publication, Heartbeat Africa, as well as on our AIM Stories Website. Africa Inland Mission’s desire in Namibia is to come alongside believers, churches, and like-minded groups to provide discipleship, encouragement, and training to those who need a firm foundation. Click HERE to see the web-version of Jordan's photo essay!
Chief Bobo and his family are a part of the San People Group, a mostly unreached people in the Northeastern part of Namibia.
For decades AIM has been involved in Theological Education in the capital city of Namibia (Windhoek) and various settings and will continue to be; however, the Church is established in these places. But there are indigenous people (like Chief Bobo and his family pictured above) who want to serve and bring others to Christ. Therefore, AIM Namibia sees its role as shifting from being on the ‘frontline’ to being the ‘coach’ and mentor. The AIM missionaries who live in Namibia desire to walk with the Church and help make the body of Christ there more effective for growing and spreading the Kingdom of God. 
The African Church – growing, vibrant, and confident in the Gospel – has tremendous untapped potential to reach this beautiful continent and beyond.

This month, in our ongoing series about Africans on the frontlines of mission work, we are featuring Rosina, a Malagasy missionary reaching her own people, the Sakalava, in Madagascar. What an incredible blessing that we get to play a part in inviting, equipping, sending, training, serving, and encouraging African workers to take the gospel to the remaining unreached peoples of Africa and beyond!

Kristin's parents got to spend time in both Moses and Zuri's classes while they were here visiting!
For the first half of February, Kristin's parents were still with us and it was son fun for them to get to spend time with Moses and Zuri in their classes! Both kids were SO excited when it was their turn to have Nana and Bapa (that's what our kids call them) come to spend time in their class! It was the highlight of their day, and neither one of them could stop smiling the entire time their grandparents were there. 
We escaped to the beautiful Kenyan coast while Kristin's parents were visiting (they were with us, just not pictured) and it was glorious!!

As soon as we knew Kristin's parents were coming to visit in February, we began planning our first getaway to the Kenyan coast. They were all for it, since they were coming from winter in North Idaho. And wow. It certainly did not disappoint! We soaked up the sun, spent time exploring the sand and tide pools, swam and relaxed by the pool, and just had a really, really good time together! 

All three of them absolutely loved our little getaway. Now we are all scheming on when we can go back! 
While it was super hot at the coast, with crazy high humidity, we managed to stay fairly cool between the ocean and the pool. But even still, our kids all got tans - we all did, actually. Of course, we applied sunscreen like crazy and the kids all had hats (the older two were admittedly not the best at wearing them), but the intense sun being this close to the equator gave us all a nice glow!
Does it get any better than this?!
Mateo was the resident baby celebrity where we stayed! Seriously. I think we've said it before - Kenyan's love babies. And pretty much everyone who saw him had to come up to him and talk to him and try to get him to smile at them. He tolerated it pretty well. And really, look at the kid - what's not to love?! 
Moses got to celebrate one of his best friend's birthday's this past month!
Moses has made some really great friends in his class at school. This is Nadia, one of his best friends. She turned seven this past month and the entire class was invited to her party. In true Kenyan fashion, the party was six hours long - and Moses (and Jordan) loved every minute of it!
Zuri is basically obsessed with flowers! She notices them everywhere and she loves picking them and making bouquets - it's adorable!
Even though Zuri is healthy and looks good in this picture, she has actually been quite sick these past few weeks with a fever that has come and gone and come and gone. We've taken her to her pediatrician, we've had her blood drawn, we've determined it was viral and that we would just have to let it run its course, and then we've had her blood redrawn to make sure she was back to normal. And now, just this past week, she has come down with a bad cough and another fever.  Please pray for our little girl to get well and stay that way!
As we mentioned briefly in our last newsletter, we have new teammates! Their names are Sean and Megan (pictured next to Jordan in the middle) and they are wonderful!!
THINGS TO PRAY FOR THIS MONTH:

Thanks be to God:
  • For Africans who are reaching other Africans - in Namibia, in Madagascar, and all over this continent!
  • For an incredible and much-needed trip to the Kenyan coast to relax and refresh - what an absolute blessing it was!
  • For our new teammates, Sean and Megan, who have come with such enthusiasm and excitement - we are thrilled to have them here with us!
Join us in asking Him:
  • For more African workers - the harvest is ripe, but the workers are few.
  • For our Zuri girl to recover completely from all this sickness she's been experiencing these past few weeks. 
  • For Kristin and the kids, who are home alone in the middle of a 12-day stint without Jordan while he's on a production trip to Tanzania. He returns March 21st.
Thank you for praying and partnering with us in this ministry!
Jordan & Kristin Andre
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January 2019 / ANDRESINAFRICA.COM
THE DAY THE GOOD BOOK ARRIVED
The Rendille Bible Dedication event  marked the culmination of a 37-year translation journey begun by now-retired AIM missionaries who set out to put the Rendille language in written form.

"More than a thousand Rendille and dozens of distant neighboring tribespeople have gathered in the stifling heat, with ready smiles and raised hands, to greet the completed New Testament in their own mother tongue. They have been parched for living water under the desert sun for decades—centuries—and this day is nothing short of a resurrection coming. Dancing women stir the dust with their feet, thousands of beaded necklaces rattling like rising bones, and they point out how even the Word-carrying camel can’t seem to stop grinning."
-Anne Voskamp for Christianity Today (read an excerpt from her article here)

The Word of God itself, stacked in cardboard bound boxes, lashed to the hump of a swaying camel.
"In Korr, one of Kenya’s northern frontier towns, the air seems to be constantly stirring. Winds from the east and cooler breezes from the west seem to mirror the Rendille residents who breathe it in. Traditionally, they are nomads. Traditionally, they do what they must to survive in a hostile environment. Traditionally, they have no access to scripture in their language. Today, things have changed."
-Mark Eekhoff, one of our OFM teammates, from his Photo Essay that celebrates the completion of the New Testament in the Rendille's language (view the full article here)
The Word is now words (and illustrations)!
What an incredible story we get the privilege of being a part of and telling! The Rendille people have been waiting for this day longer than either Jordan or I have been alive and the celebration was certainly one to write home about! If you could see the joy on their faces on that day, you would be utterly amazed. Oh, and the dancing! The dancing and the singing! Voices so sacred and beautiful they seem to carry you from wherever you are to the feet of Jesus himself. The Rendille are truly amazing. Not so long ago they were considered "unreached"" but now they have the Word of God in their heart language, thanks to two faithful missionaries and two deeply committed tribesman (along with countless others over these past 37 years) who set out to do the impossible!
The African Church – growing, vibrant, and confident in the Gospel – has tremendous untapped potential to reach this beautiful continent and beyond.

In 1895, the church in our traditional mobilizing countries (America, England, Canada. etc.) was strong, and the church in Africa, with a few exceptions, was almost non-existent. In 2019, the tables are turned: the church has declined in our traditional mobilizing countries, and is booming in virtually all sub-Saharan African countries. Jesus Christ is building His church in Africa. And the Lord of the Harvest is calling more and more African laborers into His harvest fields and we are excited to play a part in inviting, equipping, sending, training, serving, and encouraging African workers to take the gospel to the remaining unreached peoples of Africa and beyond.
Jordan edited this video and we think it's pretty great, so take a moment and check it out!  

Thorn Fruit, Thorn Melon, whatever it is, it's weird, and it strangely tastes like cucumber... 
These two have been happily back at school for several weeks now. Their month-long break was wonderful and we had lots of fun, but it's been nice to get back into routine, and since they absolutely love their classes and their friends and their teachers it's been really great for them to be back at school.  Zuri is doing ballet and gymnastics after-school each week and Moses has swim lessons once a week, so we're very thankful for these wonderful extracurriculars that they each love!
Our very talented friend, Rose (pictured here) made Jordan, Moses and Mateo matching shorts! Who wants some? 🏽‍♀️ Now taking orders!

It is so fun to live in a place where we not only have the easy ability to get things hand-made, but in fact, it's often quite a bit more inexpensive to have someone make something for you instead of going to a store to buy it. Case in point - these three pairs of shorts cost about half of what Jordan would have spent on a pair for himself if he had gone to the store to buy a pair. And, we get the added bonus of giving our dear friend work (and dignity) and income!

Mateo with his new sun hat that his grandma and grandpa brought to keep his still (mostly) bald head from getting burned in this hot, equator sun!
Kristin's parents arrived near the end of January for a visit and our kids couldn't be happier having their grandparents around everyday! Mateo is especially loving the extra attention, since he's the only grandkid who's actually home all day. They, of course, brought lots of fun things for our kids (and all of us) to enjoy - including some necessities, like this wonderful sun hat for the little baldy!
Moses jumping in at his Swimming Gala!
As part of his swimming lessons, Moses' school hosts an annual Swimming Gala each year so parents can see where their kids are at with their skills and abilities in the water. It was so fun for us to see how far Moses has come over these past few months, and he was so proud of himself! We were so proud of him too! He took second place in his class's noodle race! 🏼‍♂️ 
Zuri and Moses at their school's "Morning Ring" where they sing songs and play games before they begin the day.
As we've said again and again, the Nairobi Waldorf School has been SUCH a blessing for us! They do such a good job with all the kids and we couldn't be happier about sending our kids there. Moses's class only participates in the "Morning Ring" on Fridays, so often Jordan will stay and participate with both kids then. It's so fun! And, as you can see, we are all enjoying the "summer" sun and hot weather we're experiencing right now in Nairobi - who wants to come visit? 🏽‍♀️ 
Mateo drove us all over Nairobi National Park on Safari with Kristin's parents!  
One thing we always have to do when friends or family come to visit is go on Safari. There's an incredible safari park practically in our backyard, just on the edge of the city, so it makes a day-trip totally do-able. We saw a lioness sleeping right on the side of the road, literally a foot from our car, which was probably the highlight of the trip. And in case you were really wondering, Mateo did NOT actually drive us around. But he thought he was super cool standing there at a stop we made!  
Here we all are at one of the lookout points in the park. There are always rock hyrax's climbing around just on the rocks below, so it's a great place to stop!
THINGS TO PRAY FOR THIS MONTH:

Thanks be to God:
  • For the New Testament in the Rendille language! What a labor of love!!
  • For Moses Munywoki and others like him who are taking the gospel to their own people and are encouraging Africans to reach Africans. What a blessing to get to tell their stories to the world!
  • For a wonderful start to the second term at the Nairobi Waldorf School for Moses and Zuri.
  • For grandparents who are visiting and have brought not only lots of hugs and love, but also plenty of goodies from the US that we cannot get here!
Join us in asking Him:
  • For the Rendille, that they would use their newly translated New Testament to reach other Rendille who do not yet know the love of Christ. 
  • For our new teammates who have just arrived on the field. Their names are Sean and Megan and we'll be talking more about them in the coming newsletter. For now, just pray for their transition to life in Nairobi and our transition to having them on the team! 
  • For hearts to be open to the love of Christ, specifically those who don't know him at Waldorf. This is an ongoing prayer of ours, and will continue to be every month. Some there are believers, as we have said, but many are not. Pray that we could love them well as a reflection of Christ's love.
Thank you for praying and partnering with us in this ministry!
Jordan & Kristin Andre
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OH HEY, NEW YEAR...
🦓🦒 We ended 2018 with a safari in Nairobi National Park! 🦏 
The new year snuck up on us - but not because we feel like time has just flown by, but more so because our lives since mid-December have been a bit hectic. But in a really good sort of way. Our kids have been out of school on a month-long break between terms. So our days have been varied instead of heavily routined. We've celebrated Moses's seventh birthday with a few different celebrations (school friends, neighbor friends, family), we've celebrated Jesus's birthday - also with a few different celebrations, and we've celebrated the coming of the new year. And yet, as we sit here, over a week into 2019, at the end of our kids' first week back at school we feel a little strange. Like, "what the heck just happened to us and where did 2018 go?"  
We welcomed our sweet Mateo into our family this year!!
In March our lives were forever changed as we became a family of five. In some ways it feels like Mateo just came on the scene, and in other ways it feels like he's been with us forever. He's nine and a half months old already and I'm still trying to catch up to the fact that he's not a newborn anymore, which, if I'm completely honest, is actually really amazing 🏼 (we're not the biggest fan of the newborn stage with its sleepless nights and sleepless days and overall feelings of sheer exhaustion ). But instead of dwelling on the hard parts of this year, we want to focus on all the good that's come our way and all the amazing things God has been doing in and through and around us. So, sit back, relax and journey with us as we take a quick look back at some highlights from  2018 - the year we became a family of five.
Last January we traveled north for some training and orientation. This is the kids' teacher, Caroline, whom they absolutely LOVED!  
February brought Jordan's first production trip - to the Kenyan coast where he captured stories of what God is doing among the Digo people. 
In March we welcomed Jordan's parents to Kenya - our first visitors! They came for Mateo's birth and while we wish we could have shown them more of Kenya, we are forever grateful they came to be with us as we transitioned to a family of five! 
April had us saying goodbye to Jordan's parents and hello to Kristin's parents. What a blessing it was to have them helping in the crazy newborn stage! Mateo also went on his first safari! 🦒🦓 
In May we moved to our new house right near Jordan's office - what a blessing that has been! This is our incredible lush backyard that I look out on while washing dishes! 
June brought Jordan to Namibia for a ten day production trip, where he captured more stories of God at work among Unreached People Groups.
July took us back to the USA for some much-needed time to reconnect with friends and family. And the lake time was absolutely glorious!!
In August, our kids got to spend a week with all their cousins on Jordan's side of the family. And after that, we once again said our goodbyes and boarded the plane back to Nairobi!
September brought about the start of a brand new adventure - Moses and Zuri started school at the Nairobi Waldorf School!!
In October we took the kids up to Nanyuki for their mid-term break. We went on safari and to an animal orphanage. We all absolutely LOVED it!
November was exciting for us as we dedicated Mateo to the Lord at AIM's annual Spiritual Life conference in Kijabe. 
December's highlights included so many celebrations - Moses turned seven, we hosted a Christmas Eve party at our house and we, of course, celebrated Jesus's birthday and the new year! We also enjoyed lots of time as a family with the kids out of school.
OUR PRAYER AS WE ENTER 2019:
Father in Heaven: 

You have truly blown us away with your goodness this year! Mateo was born at full-term, healthy and fat and for that incredible miracle all we can say is thank you. This year certainly hasn't been easy. Once again, it was filled with some very high highs and some very low lows. But as you've called us, you've been faithful to walk with us. And we know you are with us through it all. Transition to life as a family of five has actually been easier than we anticipated, and for that we are so grateful! As we move forward into 2019 our prayer is that we would find our place amongst the families and faculty at the Nairobi Waldorf School 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!
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FEELING VERY THANKFUL
Wishing you many blessings and good times with the ones you love this holiday season!
Wow. How is it already the beginning of December? Thanksgiving has come and gone and now it's time to think about Christmas again. Still, even as this is our second Christmas in Kenya, it feels strange. The weather is certainly not reminiscent of Christmas in Idaho. It's sunny and often quite hot some days. But we are not complaining. Overall, we are feeling very thankful to have an entire year under our belt and to feel like we know what we're doing so much more this holiday season - we even cooked a turkey (for the first time ever) in our oven for Thanksgiving!
Lunch at Zuri's class. It looks a little like Thanksgiving Dinner...
The older kids are nearly finished with their first term of school for the year. And as always, we are SO thankful for this school! Zuri has made so many new friends and she absolutely loves going to school. Her class (just like every class at the school) eats lunch together everyday out on their covered deck. Rain or shine, they are out there. Her main teacher, Teacher Tabitha, is the one at the head of the table. She also has an assistant teacher in her class, who is an intern, and will likely only be with them until the end of the term next week. Her name is Teacher Pretty, on the far right of the photo.
Moses is learning to knit in his class!
It has been said that knitting is more important than homework at Waldorf. And that is certainly true of Moses's class - he doesn't have homework! But knitting is helping to perfect fine motor skills and has been said to improve memory, work both sides of the brain and prepare children to be better readers when they are ready for that step. Not only are they knitting, but before they began knitting, they had to carve their knitting "needles" out of sticks of bamboo wood. How cool is that?!
Last month we shared a video of our friend Ellie who serves on the Kenyan Coast. This month, meet Justin, an American serving in Chad.

If you could sit down and listen to a few heartfelt stories of a missionary's journey, what would they share? What factors brought them to this unusual place? How has God revealed himself to them?
Click here to see the interview with Justin, a real person who represents what it means to be a real missionary. Imperfect. On a journey of discovery. Sharing God’s heart for the nations and privileged to be caught up in His redeeming work in Africa. 

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Also, Some of you have been asking about the work of the media team that Jordan is on. Much of the team's work is available to read and watch on the AIM Stories website here. Also, many of the stories end up in Heartbeat Africa, a biyearly publication of Africa Inland Mission. Supporters are mailed this publication, and you can also sign up for the digital version here

Our team was able to get out of the city for a few nights this past month and it was glorious! A dried-up riverbed made for some fun adventures!!
Our team has been somewhat discombobulated this past year. What we mean by that, is simply that we haven't all been in Nairobi together very much over the course of this past year. People have left Nairobi for home-assignments (both long and short), for support-raising needs, and for bereavement leave. All good reasons, but it has meant that we haven't been all together very much this past year. So, getting away as a team (even though one family was still missing ) was a necessity! And it was wonderful!
Jordan's little photo assistant fell asleep on his back!  
Jordan and the other photographers on the team absolutely loved going out and exploring with their cameras. There was so much to see and capture. We were about two hours south of Nairobi in a much more desert-like area, and the terrain was so different. The Maasai tribe predominantly lives in the area, so we were able to chat with the Maasai kids as they herded their cattle - Jordan and the older kids even saw a bull-fight one morning!
The water in this little pool was from a well, hence the brown color, but our kids absolutely LOVED it!

The house we stayed in had this wonderful little pool for the kids to swim in. Honestly, that's probably the sole reason we chose this house. And, it was far enough out of town to feel like you've really gotten away, but not too far that the time it took to get there was more than half your day. It was just a few hours drive, and the pool was such a blessing (especially since it was quite a bit hotter there than in Nairobi)!

Mateo is just a happy guy! And for that, we're so thankful!!
Along with the wonderful little pool, the house we stayed in had this amazing covered deck with a few sofas and lots of giant pillows to relax on. Mateo loved being outside with just his diaper and a drool bib on! He also loved crawling around and exploring a new place. He is such a happy kid and we're so thankful for the little guy he's becoming. Full of joy!  
This past month Jordan has been able to bless many missionary families with family photos for their Christmas and prayer cards. He's amazing and so, so creative!!
As part of his role with the On Field Media team, Jordan has had the opportunity to bless nearly 20 missionary families with updated family photos for their prayer cards and Christmas cards. And he's done all those photo sessions in the past two weeks! Needless to say, he's been a busy guy! But as you all know, family portraits are hard to come by, and often they're expensive, so he has felt so blessed to be able to help these families in this way!
Teacher Esther (Moses's teacher) came for a home visit the day before Thanksgiving! Both of our kids were SO beyond excited to show her this place they call home!
Moses has been waiting for a month and a half to have his teacher visit our home, and she FINALLY came! All the kids in his class signed up for certain dates to have her come, and the day before Thanksgiving happened to be the date we got. It was wonderful. Moses was so excited! Zuri may have been even more excited! Teacher Esther read Moses and Zuri a book in their room, had tea and cookies at our table, and toured the grounds where our house is. We really love her and her intention with Moses and all the students in her class! She's really amazing!!
We're just going to leave this right here: Mateo's post-Thanksgiving bod.  
In case you were wondering if Mateo is still chubby...the answer is YES! 🤭 
THINGS TO PRAY FOR THIS MONTH:

Thanks be to God:
  • For a wonderful Thanksgiving with other American friends who are far from home too.
  • For the Nairobi Waldorf School and all the teachers and staff there - we feel truly blessed by all the people who love our kids!
  • For a chance to get out of the city for a few days with (almost all of) our team. We're learning how important these getaways are in developing positive team dynamics.
Join us in asking Him:
  • For endurance to finish the year well - Jordan has a lot on his plate, media-wise, and a lot to accomplish before the end of the year.
  • For teammates leaving the field and for new teammates coming to the field. More transition in the coming months. Pray we can say goodbye well and that we can welcome the newcomers well. 
  • For hearts to be open to the love of Christ, specifically those who don't know him at Waldorf. Some there are believers, as we have said, but many are not. Pray that we could love them well as a reflection of Christ's love.
Thank you for praying and partnering with us in this ministry!
Jordan & Kristin Andre
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September/October 2018 / ANDRESINAFRICA.COM
NEW RHYTHMS OF LIFE
Moses having fun with kids from his class on Field Day.
We are loving this new rhythm we find ourselves in. Every weekday Jordan takes Moses and Zuri to school. They leave the house around 8am or a little before. Zuri gets out at 1 every day, so Kristin goes and grabs her then (except for Wednesdays, when she gets to stay after for her ballet class). Moses gets out at 3:15 everyday, so Kristin goes and grabs him then (except for Fridays when he is out at 1 with Zuri). Gosh, we are so thankful this new school is only a 10-15 (sometimes 20 at the most) minute drive from our new home! The kids are loving it, and so are we!!
Mateo gets a little more one-on-one time with mommy these days!
Mateo is just the sweetest and Kristin is loving having a little one-on-one time with just him in this stage of his life. If there's one thing we've learned through having kids it's that they don't stay little for very long. We were literally just talking the other day about how Moses is about to be seven. SEVEN. How in the world did that happen?! Mateo will be there before we know it (and Zuri too) so Kristin especially feels so blessed to slow down (and not be homeschooling) and just enjoy her time with him right now. 
This girl loves walking to the little fruit/vegetable stand just around the corner from our house.
The fruit and vegetable selection by our new house is admittedly not quite as good as the selection by our old house, but we still have quite a bit we can grab just around the corner. Not to mention, we also have Kristin's favorite restaurant (a burger joint reminiscent of one of our favorite burger joints in Los Angeles) within walking distance now! So we're not complaining. And this girl loves going with us whenever she's around. She's quite the adventurous little lady and often she brings a smile to all the people she meets!
On Field Media, the team Jordan serves on, recently has launched this new video series called "Sent"

Missionaries are pretty much like everyone else…

Not extraordinary in and of themselves. But they travel a different path than most. A path of submission to God’s call and will. A path of service, sacrifice, and sometimes suffering. They cross oceans and cross cultures and then somehow find a way to live a normal life – all while being a stranger in the place they call home and being a messenger of the gospel where there are too few. Life plays out against a backdrop of the unfamiliar, and sometimes, the unbelievable. If you could sit down and listen to a few heartfelt stories of their journey, what would they share? What factors brought them to this unusual place? How has God revealed himself to them? Click here to see interviews with some of the real people who represent what it means to be a real missionary. Imperfect. On a journey of discovery. Sharing God’s heart for the nations and privileged to be caught up in His redeeming work in Africa.

Moses with some of his friends at the Nairobi Waldorf Tea Party a few weeks ago.
Just before the kids mid-term break, the Nairobi Waldorf School had its annual Tea Party, where all the parents and kids from each campus come together for food, fellowship and fun. It was a great opportunity for us to meet some of the parents of the kids in Moses and Zuri's classes and the kids so enjoyed seeing their classmates outside the classroom! Our hope is to continue to develop relationships with these families and hopefully share Christ with them. One of Moses's closest friends is from a Muslim family. Would you join us in praying for open doors with them as we get to know them?
Just being silly at our house!
This past month has been another month of adjustments, and sometimes we just need to stop and be silly. Nowadays, that's what weekends are for! So last weekend, Jordan put all three kids in three boxes we had lying around and they played and played. Even Mateo loved it! His favorite thing is when he get to be one of the big kids. He'll watch and watch them, and whenever he gets included in what they're doing, he's all smiles and giggles. It's adorable!
Zuri planting flowers with her friends at her class's Garden Party!

On the last day of school before the kids mid-term break, Zuri's class had a Garden Party where we planted flowers in anticipation of the short rains that are coming later this month and throughout November. It was hilarious to watch and be a part of a group of four and five year olds decide where and how to plant the flowers. Honestly, they had more fun filling buckets with water and making mud than actually planting anything!

After snacks and mealtimes, Zuri and her classmates wash their own dishes!
Kristin spent the entire school day with Zuri in her class. They started out by going down to the large grassy area in the middle of the school for circle time, which Moses was a part of with his class, so that was a surprise (the first graders, or "class one's" as they are called here usually don't participate in the preschool/kindergarten circle time). The kids and adults did lots of singing and dancing. Then it was time for crafts, which eventually led to the creation of the headband on top of Zuri's head in the above pic.
The view from Zuri's class looking down on the big grassy area where the kids do circle time.
After we completed the craft (and spent time on little extra crafty side projects, such as the aforementioned headband), it was snack time and time to circle up again to get instructions for planting . Then we got dirty and finally planted the flowers. After that, we did one more circle time (just for fun to sing and dance again and to celebrate all together the beauty that had been planted).  Lastly, we had lunch together - a delicious meal of rice, lentils, chapati (Kenya's version of a tortilla, but with more oil and a bit sweeter), cabbage/carrot salad and watermelon. What a great way to end the first half of the first term!
Mateo has a pretty nasty cold that's lingering still...eewww! 🤢 
This little guy (who's officially SEVEN months old now!) has had a pretty bad cold for the past week and a half. He's a trooper, though, and rarely complains. But this has been the status of his nose for nearly this entire time. Actually, I think finally today his nose is starting to clear up. But would you say a little prayer for him? That he kicks this cold to the curb soon? 
We stopped on our way to Nanyuki to grab lunch in a tree house!
For the kids mid-term break, we jetted out of town and up to Nanyuki, which is right on the Equator (about a three hour drive north of Nairobi). We have lots and lots of pictures and stories to tell of the adventures we had - we went on Safari at Ol Pajeta Conservancy (where the last two living Northern White Rhinos live), we went to an animal orphanage, where we all got to pet a Cheetah (and lots and lots of other animals), the kids got to ride a giant tortoise who was over 100 years old, and we just had a wonderful time getting out of the bustling city for a few days! Stay tuned for our next newsletter for all the details on that!
THINGS TO PRAY FOR THIS MONTH:

Thanks be to God:
  • For this new rhythm we have now. Our kids are loving their new school and we couldn't be more thankful!
  • For new friends for both Moses and Zuri in their classes. We are slowly getting to know the parents and families of their friends and we are all loving it!
  • For a chance to get out of the city for a few days. We really didn't explore Kenya much at all last year (pregnancy takes its toll on Kristin), but it's a beautiful country and we are so thankful for the opportunity to get out more now!
  • For the funds that have come in towards our kids school tuition - God is faithful to provide always!
Join us in asking Him:
  • For the remaining funds to come in to cover our kids tuition this year. We are nearly there, and it's been so amazing to feel so loved and cared for by so many in this new adventure. Thank you to all who have given toward this! Truly, we couldn't do it without so many of you!! 
  • For hearts to be open to the love of Christ, specifically those who don't know him at Waldorf. Some there are believers, we are learning, but many are not. Pray that we could love them well as a reflection of Christ's love.
Thank you for praying and partnering with us in this ministry!
Jordan & Kristin Andre
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August 2018 / ANDRESINAFRICA.COM
BACK TO LIFE IN NAIROBI
Daddy and Mateo being silly just outside our home.
We landed in Kenya two weeks ago. And it's been a bit of a whirlwind since arriving. The kids started school last week and we are just falling into some sense of "normal" with that. But before we share all about our life moving forward, we'd love to take a moment to look back on our time in Coeur d'Alene this summer. Here are some of the highlights.
BBQ'S, BEST FRIENDS, FAMILY AND LAKE TIME
This girl lived in her swimsuit most of the month of August!
So many of our days were filled with good friends and family! We so enjoyed catching up with so many people we hadn't seen in a year. There's just nothing quite like an actual hug and sitting face-to-face with the people who are so dear to us. Truly, it filled us in ways we didn't even know we needed to be filled!
The kids loved painting at an outdoor art festival in Coeur d'Alene.
You guys - there are so many parks in Coeur d'Alene! Just so much wide open green space. It's amazing! We're pretty sure we have never appreciated parks as much as we did this past summer. What a treat it was to meet people at a park and let our kids run around and play - and paint and do all sorts of crafts and fun things too! Seriously. There are no parks in Nairobi like the parks there. There's one on the opposite side of town that we venture to every now and then, but it's not the same. So we took full advantage of so many of the parks while we were there!
Jordan's side of the family - his parents, his older sister, his two younger brothers, us and all the spouses and kids!
Jordan's entire family gathered at his parents house in Hayden for a week of craziness...I mean fun. We ended up lovingly calling it "family camp" because it really felt like the kids were at camp and all of us adults were the counsellors. Jordan's parents now have ten grandkids, so when it came time for meals, we just lined up plates and piled everything on for nine kids (Mateo is still too young for a plate). But as crazy as it was, we loved it! One of Jordan's brothers lives in Austin, Texas, one of them lives in Coeur d'Alene, and his sister lives in Los Angeles, California. What a treat it was to have everyone together for an entire week!
Our sending church, Anthem, had us share at both of their Sunday gatherings.
We also had the opportunity to share briefly at both of the Anthem Church gatherings in August. What a blessing to be able to update our church family on all that has happened in the last year and to be prayed over and sent back out for another year here in Kenya! We feel so loved by so many!
Enjoying lake time with good friends!

The lake is so refreshing to all of us. Really. It's hard to explain. But there are no lakes here like the lakes around Coeur d'Alene. The lakes that are outside Nairobi are either full of crocodiles and hippos (and super muddy) or they are alkaline lakes, which makes them great places for flamingos, but not great places for us to swim. I am realizing more and more as I get older that I'm a "lake girl" at heart. I grew up at the lake, I lifeguarded at the lake, I love the lake. It fills me up in a way that nothing else does. Just being on the lake calms me. What a treat it was to enjoy the lakes with so many friends and family!

Mateo tried real food for the first time while we were in Coeur d'Alene! Applesauce! He loved it!
This little boy is growing and changing SO FAST. What is it about the third? It just seems like everything is accelerated. He's huge. He has two teeth already. He's decided sleeping through the night is finally ok with him (he won't starve ). He giggles all the time. He rolls over. He's moving into size four diapers. And now he's all about the real food. He's not even six months old yet! Time slow down, please!
Kristin's side of the family - her parents, her two older brothers and their girlfriends, and us.
Kristin's entire family was also able to get together this summer at her parent's house in Hayden. One of her brothers lives in Post Falls and the other one lives in Portland. They both work a lot, so it was a real treat (for her mom, especially) to get everyone together for a BBQ. Our kids loved reconnecting with their uncles and it was great to introduce Mateo to them too! 
Zuri got her cast off! Four weeks after it went on. We are so thankful for God's timing - on and off all while in the USA!
Our little girl is quite the bruiser. She's also a bit accident-prone. Any other parents out there have any advice on how to help her not break any more bones? Haha! Oh if only we actually thought it were possible for her to not break another thing...alas, it feels much less a matter of "if" she'll break something again and more a matter of "when" she'll break something again.Thankfully, she broke her arm just after we arrived in the US, which meant she was able to get the cast on and off while we were there. What a blessing!
One last hurrah in Vancouver with these sweet friends before boarding the plane to head back to Kenya!
As we mentioned before, flights in and out of Vancouver, BC were much cheaper than flying into Spokane or even Seattle. So that meant we got a few more days at the end of our trip with some of our best friends before heading back to Kenya. They just love us so well and it feels so restful to be with them. Truly, it was just what we needed after such a crazy, fun, incredible, exhausting (in the best way) time in Coeur d'Alene!
SCHOOL UPDATE
These two have just started at their new school! Pray for them, and us, as we all embark upon this new season of life!
As we mentioned at the beginning of this email, our two oldest have started at their new school - the Nairobi Waldorf School. Their first week was wonderful and crazy all at the same time. Zuri started a few days before Moses, which was fine, but not something we were totally prepared for. Moses's class had a special open house for all the parents and kids to meet each other, and then the next morning they had a special rose ceremony to officially welcome them into "Class One" - as it's called here. It was all good stuff, it just meant a lot  back and forth from home to school. And traffic was especially bad last week - so pray for patience for this mama. We're all excited and hopeful for what God's going to do through us being a part of this school!
THINGS TO PRAY FOR THIS MONTH:

Thanks be to God:
  • For such an incredible time in the States this summer! We feel so refreshed and ready to be back here in Kenya for another year.
  • For surviving the long journey back to Kenya with three kids. It was not easy plowing straight through from the West Coast (with just a four hour layover in Paris) but God is so good!
  • For the start of the new school year at this new school. We are so thankful that our kids are in school this year!
Join us in asking Him:
  • For the Holy Spirit to comfort one of our teammates, Mark, and his family. They unexpectedly lost his brother to a car crash a few weeks ago. Please pray for them all during this time of grieving. 
  • For funds to come in to cover our kids tuition at their new school. Thanks to some timely one-time gifts, we were able to pay for their first term, but we're not sure how we'll pay for the rest of the year. But, again, God's got this. Pray that we can simply trust him in that.
  • For grace as we resettle into life here. It's quite the adjustment being back - traffic alone is nearly killing Kristin, so pray for an abundance of patience!
  • For our kids to be loved well by their teachers and all the helpers at their new school. It's always a little scary letting your kids go into the care of others.
Thank you for praying and partnering with us in this ministry!
Jordan & Kristin Andre
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July 2018 / ANDRESINAFRICA.COM
WE ARE STATESIDE!
We got to see the Eiffel Tower on our long layover in Paris!
We have officially been back Stateside for three weeks now! Our journey to get to Coeur d Alene was filled with adventure and a bit of insanity (on our part as parents). For some reason, we got this crazy idea to take all three kids on two trains from the Paris airport to the Eiffel Tower. That journey is over an hour each way, and we knew that going in. Yet, we decided to go for it anyway! There were a few meltdowns, but we made it there and back and it was AMAZING!
Our flight from Nairobi to Paris had lots of empty seats so Mateo got to sleep in the bulkhead bassinet!
The journey was long, as it always is. We flew from Nairobi to Paris, which is an eight hour flight. Then we had a 20 hour layover in Paris, so we spent the night in a little hotel at the airport. Then we flew from Paris to Vancouver, BC, which is a 9.5 hour flight, but our plane was a bit delayed taking off so we were on that plane a total of nearly 11 hours. By the end of it, we were all SO ready to get off that flight! But again, we made it! And we were greeted by some of our very best friends, who had blueberries and raspberries in the car for us - the BEST way to be welcomed to the Northwest!!
Our first stop was Vancouver, BC for some time with precious friends!
Our time in Vancouver was short, but oh so sweet. We stayed three days with our very good friends who also serve with AIM but are back on Home Assignment right now. Since they know what it's like to fly across the globe with young kids, they created such a wonderful place to land. We went to bed early without judgement, we picked blueberries and raspberries off the bush at their home, we ate sushi for the first time in over a year, we went to the ocean, we went to a park with green grass and trees and safe play equipment, and we got to enjoy wild-caught fresh salmon! All of those things may not mean much to you, but to us they were heaven! 
We celebrated Zuri's 4th birthday on July 21st!
Not even a week after arriving in Coeur d Alene, our little girl turned FOUR! We celebrated with good friends and family at a splash pad in town. A splash pad! With clean water running all through it! Now that's certainly something that does not exist in Nairobi! It was magical and our little lady certainly felt loved! 
Zuri broke her arm...again. This is the second time in two years!

The night before Zuri's birthday, she broke her arm. Ugh. She was climbing a ladder on a swing-set and just slipped and fell. That was a Friday night, and her party was on Saturday morning, so she powered through the party (she's super tough) and we got it x-rayed Saturday afternoon. She was in a sling until Monday morning when we could get it casted. What a weekend! But this time she got to have a PINK cast and hopefully it will come off after two weeks - please pray with us for that because we're trying to enjoy as much time in the lake as we can while we're here! We don't get much opportunity to swim in Nairobi. 

Mateo just chillin' at Kristin's family cabin!
We've had a packed schedule thus far in Coeur d Alene, just trying to see all our friends and family, but we've managed to take a day here and there just for our family - to focus on our kids. One of our good friends in Nairobi suggested we set aside quality time just for our kids, so they don't feel left behind or like they're not important in the midst of us trying to talk and catch up with so many people. So we're trying to be intentional about that. We had the opportunity to sneak away to Kristin's family's cabin for a night and it was AMAZING!!
Lake time is the best time!
Any orthopedic doc's reading this - just look away. She's not really on a tube on the river with a broken arm... We wouldn't allow that...Uh, or I guess we would. Sorry! The girl absolutely LOVES to swim! It's been really hard to keep her out of the water! We're not allowing her to go all the way in, but we've compromised by wrapping her cast in a plastic bag and allowing her to sit on tubes in the water. That way she can at least get her feet in! Poor girl. But she's tough, and we're so thankful for her attitude - she literally NEVER complains about her arm!
Moses LOVES fishing!
We're basically trying to enjoy all things water while we're here - swimming, boating, tubing. And that includes fishing! Moses loves to fish and Zuri has decided she also really loves it! It's such a fun activity for them - I mean just look at that face 🏼 when he caught his first fish! 
Sharing with our church family!
It hasn't been all play while we're here! We've also had work to do - like reporting to our church family on what God's been up to this past year and the direction He's leading us in this coming year. We have felt so loved and supported by so many and it's just amazing to be a part of what God's doing. He's on the move in the Northwest and throughout the globe, and we're all called to be a part of it in different ways. What a blessing to share more about the part God's called us to play!
This guy is just a happy camper most of the time!
AN APPEAL FOR KIDS CLOTHES
Apparently our kids need clothes...
So...it turns out our kids just keep on growing. Which means they are always in need of the next size up for clothing. If any local friends reading this have any of the following sizes, and you were planning on donating the clothes anyway, we'd love to take them off your hands for you! 
Moses - size 6, 7 or 8 in boys clothes; size 1 or 2 in boys shoes
Zuri - size 5t or size 4, 5 or 6 in girls clothes; size 11 or 12 in toddler girls shoes
Mateo - size 9 months, 12 months, or 18 months (yep, he's HUGE!)
We mostly need summer clothes. Nairobi is fairly warm. Moses basically never wears pants or long sleeves. But Mateo can use all types of clothing (short sleeves, long sleeves, shorts, pants, sleepers). And Zuri mostly just needs short sleeves and shorts, skirts or dresses. 
If you have anything you think we could use, we'd SO appreciate it!! Seriously! Please just shoot us a text (208-640-6147) or reply to this email and we'll find a time to meet up and take the clothes off your hands!
SCHOOL UPDATE
We are all so excited for Moses and Zuri to start school on September 4th!
Last month we shared about how God has called us to trust him and put our kids in the Nairobi Waldorf School this fall. It's so apparent that He's calling us there, and while we don't know all the reasons yet, we are confident this is the right next step for our family. But with this step of faith, comes an added financial burden to our family. We need to raise an additional $600/month for them to attend this school and right now we are 1/3 of the way there! Would you pray with us that the additional $400/month comes in before we get on the plane to head back to Nairobi on August 27th? We have full confidence that this is what God wants, so we are trusting Him to provide the way for this to actually happen!
THINGS TO PRAY FOR THIS MONTH:

Thanks be to God:
  • For the friends and family we're getting to reconnect with while we're back here in the States! Seriously, we feel so loved and supported by so many people!
  • For staying healthy with our crazy schedule - we're literally all over the place, seeing so many people and somehow we've all stayed healthy (minus the broken arm...).
  • For surviving the long journey here with three kids. God is so good!
Join us in asking Him:
  • For a miraculous abundance of time multiplied while we're still here - time to see everyone we love and care about and to connect well and not feel rushed. Also for grace for ourselves as we try to do as much as we can still without becoming overwhelmed or overtired.
  • For the remaining funds needed to send our kids to their new school. God's got this. Pray that we can simply trust him in that.
  • For smooth travel back across the ocean in a few weeks.
Thank you for praying and partnering with us in this ministry!
Jordan & Kristin Andre
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June 2018 / ANDRESINAFRICA.COM
FINDING OUR RHYTHM
So excited for their first day at their new school!
Moses and Zuri have just finished three "trial days" at their new school here in Nairobi. They had so much fun last week and we just feel so incredibly thankful for the opportunity for them to finally be in a school this fall! It's been a long road. Kristin has homeschooled Moses through Kindergarten and Zuri through one year of Preschool, and while that was rewarding, it certainly had its challenges for our family (especially with the addition of Mateo in March). And as we've come to fully realize over the course of this past year, God is definitely calling us to send our kids to school. Our heart is to build relationships with locals - believers and unbelievers. And that has proven more challenging in this stage of life and in a big city than we had anticipated. The biggest hope in sending our kids to school is that we will develop relationships with other families at that school, some of whom inevitably will not be believers, and through that common rhythm of life (school) we will share the gospel with them naturally. Will you pray with us for that?
Feeding the bunnies, hens, ducks and turtles at the Nairobi Waldorf School.
We first visited the Nairobi Waldorf School back in October of last year. At that time, we knew we wanted to send our kids there. It's an amazing school! But the major challenge was the commute. The main campus was about a 30 minute drive from our home, and that was without traffic. During high traffic times, the commute could be an hour - one way! With a baby on the way, we just couldn't make that sort of commitment. But fast forward to now and we've moved to a new home (keep reading for more on that!) and we now live ten minutes from the school's second campus! That campus has only offered preschool and kindergarten classes up until now, but (how crazy is this?!) beginning in September of THIS year they are adding first grade! And they will add a grade each year for the next three years at least! What an incredible blessing!!!
Originally, we never even considered this second campus because Moses is going into first grade, but as of last week, after our tour of the campus, we have officially applied and will be sending our kids there starting in September! What we never even considered, God had planned all along! And we all couldn't be more excited! This feels like our chance to build deep, lasting relationships outside the AIM community and hopefully with unbelievers! 
Being in a classroom with other kids is such a GIFT!
As you may or may not be aware, free public education is not something that exists all over the world. It doesn't exist here. And we've wrestled with the cost of school, along with a whole host of other questions...Should we keep homeschooling? Can we build real relationships with other families without sending our kids to school? Will Kristin be able to keep from going mad by being "mom" and "teacher" to Moses and Zuri while caring for Mateo at the same time ? Many of those questions can be answered in any number of ways. There truly are no "right" answers. But we feel so confident that God is leading us to this school, and that means he will take care of the rest - all we have to do is trust him and walk in obedience.
This girl is SO excited for school!
As we do that, practically it means we have some additional funds to raise. It's $300/month for each of them to go full-time and included in those fees are a snack and a hot lunch. So, overall, we actually feel like we've found a really good deal (some of the British schools here are upwards of nearly $1000/month per kid!). 
Many of you who read this newsletter are already giving on a monthly basis for our family to live and do ministry here. Thank you! Truly, we could not be here doing what we're doing without so many of you. But if you're reading this and are not currently giving, would you consider joining with us for this - for our kids to have the chance to go to a great school and for us to build relationships with locals? If you're feeling led to join with us in this, please click HERE
Jordan doing his thing in Namibia.