Tom and Karen Richardson
missionaries serving with The Master's Mission since 2000
Tom and Karen spent the first years of their ministry in Loyangalani, acquiring the language and adjusting to their new lives in Kenya. Most recently, the Richardson's have been ministering in Ngurinit, a remote northern village in Kenya home to primarily those of the Samburu tribe. They recently have finished construction on their new home at the station. Tom and Karen minister in the Ngurinit AIC Church. They are pictured with their children (clockwise) Ellie, Joanna, Daniel, Russell, and Kristyn. Their oldest son, Warner, was married in June and lives with his wife, Grace, in Kansas.
The Johnson family visited us here in Kansas last week. It was fun and encouraging to see another TMM family for a couple days. One of their daughters is allergic to cats, so Kristyn's cat was given a new living arrangement: banished to the cold outdoors.
The cat didn't like the new arrangement, and he made it clear that he would have prefered to be inside, near Kristyn and the cozy fire. He protested his new status by climbing the screen on the kitchen window and hanging by his claws in a spread-eagle position. Staring into the house, he'd “meow” at us with a wild-eyed glare and his tail twitching. Sometimes it was hard to carry on a conversation with whomever was sitting in front of that window with a cat hanging above his head.
Like the cat, I don't always like my new arrangements. I might not climb the window screens (only the walls)but I still find my own way to protest: I get grumpy inside, or start grumbling, and pouting.
Lately when I feel like protesting some new arrangement the Lord has brought my way, I've been trying to remember things I can be thankful for. The Lord is good and kind to me each and every day even though I don't deserve it. Remembering the Lord's goodness in providing us with sunshine, water, air to breath... and that He has troubled Himself to save me and make me a new person in Christ, always helps me to forget what I was troubled about.
One of the things I often put on my thankful list is you. We appreciate all the prayers and support on behalf of our family and the church in Ngurunit, Kenya. Thank you!!
Love, Tom, Karen, Daniel, Joanna, Ellie, Russell, and Kristyn
#We traveled to Pennsylvaina in October and enjoyed visiting two supporting churches there. We then traveled down to North Carolina to spend some time with Joanna at The Master's Mission.
# Joanna is doing well and will be coming to Kansas in December to spend Christmas with us.
#We are excited about getting back to Kenya. Kenya elections have been changed from December 2012, to March of 2013 which will delay our return by a few weeks.
#All the kids are doing well. Kristyn and Russell are hoping for snow this Christmas.
#Tom continues to be thankful to have work. The addition he's building for a neighbor is looking good. This week he is putting the tin on the roof, definitely NOT hoping for snow. He is also beginning to build the floor joists for the basement he's working on.
#We wish you a Very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Tom and Karen Richardson
P.O. Box 547
Robbinsville, NC 28771