Update from The Sawyers!
Dear Friends and Family,
Our unplanned furlough due to the Kenyan Presidential elections has come to an end. As many of you know, we came home at the end of August to avoid the elections in Kenya. After arriving home we found out that the elections had been pushed back from the traditional time in December to March 4th, so that put us here an extra few months. The elections happened March 4th as planned and the Kenyan people did awesome! They stood in lines over a mile long in some places and waited several hours, some places over 10 hours just to vote for their next president. It was very peaceful with only 20 people losing their lives. Some people say “oh my! 20 people”! Well understand, last election almost 1200 people died and as many as 600,000 were displaced from their homelands. Currently, one of the challengers thinks there was some foul play in regards to the counting and is challenging the results. As I sit here writing this letter they are meeting in the supreme court of Kenya to determine and see if there will be another election. Please pray that the results would be received with peace.
We have enjoyed seeing many of you and speaking at several places. However, I think I can live without the snow and cold weather. I am very much ready to return home to Kenya. While being home many of our friends and church people from Kenya have stayed in touch by calling us almost weekly. It is great to hear their voices and to know that they are all doing well.
It was very encouraging to hear from them that while all 3 of us missionary families were out of the country at the same time, the church continued! People continued to come! In the past when the missionaries have left and returned there had been as much as a 50% decrease in the attendees. However, this time there has remained a steady group of people. It is awesome to see these folks grow in the Lord and want to serve Christ.
We have been packing another shipping container to send overseas. This is always exciting, scary and everything else as you put stuff you have purchased in a metal box and wonder if you will ever see it again, or once it arrives if you can afford to pay the customs on it. This container is not solely ours but has something from all of our missionaries in it. It will even Lord willing be holding the belongings of a new missionary couple that will be joining the Kenya field. Please remember Trevor and Abby Knowles as they finish up their last couple months here in the States. It is always exciting to see young couples give their lives for lifelong service to the mission field.
We are excited to get back as well because of another project we have been praying about and seeking the Lords guidance on for some time. After much prayer and thought we are excited to announce that we are hoping to break ground on a school! The school will be nursery through 8th grade. We are hoping to have the nursery and kindergarten building up by the first of January and add 2 classes a year until we reach the 8th grade. There will also need to be a kitchen dining area. This is a great opportunity to give almost 240 kids an awesome education as well as give them a Biblical foundation to grow on.
Please pray with us that the Lord will provide the funding to raise the structures. It is roughly $12,000 to build 2 classrooms. That builds them but does not furnish them. If you are interested in being a part of this with us just shoot me an email.
Travis, for the Sawyers!
Today Sarah spoke to sixty 4th graders at the local public school. She was invited to talk about her life as a Missionary kid. She had shared this previously with our church, Grace Fellowship, and did a wonderful job! We are so proud of Sarah for not shying away at sharing about her life as a MK!
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