I’m finally over the jet lag and have had a few coffee breaks to catch up with mom. It is good to be stateside to visit many of you and to do some fundraising to help replace some lost monthly support (some of our supporters had a financial hit –please pray for them). We also need to help offset the cost of our plane fare here which was $6,000 total (praise God for the $2000 already raised).
In our last update, Steve gave you the story of how, after 13 years in Uganda, we ended up in Kijabe, Kenya. Now I hope to tell a bit about our day to day lives in Kijabe. In Uganda I had a slower paced life as a home school mom and supporter of Steve’s CM/Workshop ministry. My central way of supporting was by boosting women and youth in our community. Here in Kenya, however, I work a lot more hours at both my official title as well as my ministry.
Currently, I am the Home Economics Sewing Teacher, Academic Support Assistant for students with special needs, Tech Club Coach, Library and Cafeteria Monitor, Mentor, Home School Teacher, Mom, and Wife. This means from 7:20AM until as late as 11pm I am teaching, coaching, tutoring, discipling, and loving people. To live and work at a boarding school means you are on from the time you wake till that sweet hour of silence when the house falls asleep.
Missionary Kids (MKs) are a special group of kids that deal with the pressures of life in the mission field. Issues such as:
- Attachment disorders due to their many transient friends and so many moves.
- Trauma from being in or witnessing accidents and violence.
- Fear of disappointing their parents, their mission organization, the people group where they live, their sending churches, and even God.
These kids are highly empathetic and loving to others, but too many, all the while, struggle with feelings of anxiety and abandonment. They are a highly functional, flexible, and gritty group of kids, yet desperate for love, care, and permission to be messy confused teenagers.
This is where God has placed me and why he has given me such a mother’s heart. An Atesot friend of mine, Aipo Janet, often times refers to me as “Totoke Idwe” which translates “Mother of Children”. She gave it to me because she said, “Melinda, in all our years of friendship I have never seen you without children, both yours and so many others.” It is what God made me for and it is no different here in Kijabe Kenya.
My home is filled with wonderful kids praying, studying, singing, dancing, watching cartoons, napping, eating, asking for advice, telling stories, seeking solace, rest, and refuge. This is what we offer at the Hoyt house unconditional, no-strings-attached love, and a safe space.
Both Steve and I are working full time, and both are working on developing relationships here in Kijabe with kids and local staff. Pray for continued health, strength, and connection with God’s people here. Help us bring His love, grace, and mercy to all we meet and to accept the same from others.