Happy New Year!
Do you know how long it takes to make time for and then sift through 600+ pictures and write up in more detail about the key experiences from being in Africa? I can tell you! It takes about a week of vacation to get us enough time to just start sorting through it. With the Christmas-New Year’s holiday, that’s exactly what we did, and we’re still not done!
We returned from Africa in July after being there for 3 weeks. It took at least another week for us to settle back in a bit to the time zone and surroundings at home. Then August hit and the backlog of being gone for 3 weeks combined with the start of the busiest business season of the year at the office. We put our heads down and worked straight through until Dec 23rd, including the busiest November we’ve ever had. We were only home for 6 days total in November.
With the down economy, this was a very tough year, as I’m sure you know. To make the Africa trip at all during this time was miraculous as was your support for us in doing so.
We ended the year relatively ok in the businesses at FrontGate Media and Extra Mile Merch in that we didn’t lay anyone off and navigated the revenue loss. We also got into launch mode for our newest ventures to hedge against the lost business this year: the commerce/fulfillment service Splatter and the online radio network for worship leaders Creator Leadership Network. We also were blessed to be able to launch our non-profit My Broken Palace–dealing with addiction, suicide prevention and depression among the 15-24 age group (which I’ll tell you more about another time.) The next year or two should be interesting!
All that to say that this update is long overdue. Here’s a general summary. I will reflect more on Madison’s involvement at a later time. 🙂
e3 Partners tracks the following info so these are the direct results of God using the Shuford family in Mwangaza, Kenya. We’ve stayed in touch with the mother church’s pastors David and Sarah. I’ve also kept up a bit with my team members Wilfred and Mary, and of course with Thomas. It sounds like our Mwangaza church is doing well! From our week of walking all over the plains of Mwangaza…
Number of people hearing the gospel: 243
Number of seekers: 56
Professions of faith: 96
Number of follow-up visits: 56
Number of people at follow-up visits: 119
I guess those aren’t “results” as much as just statistics, so if you want a deeper glimpse into the trip, I hope you’ll enjoy the much expanded explanations that we’ve posted up to the first batch of pictures online…
I have posted about 90 pictures along with much more detailed explanations into my Facebook album. You don’t have to be a Facebook member to view them. See and read them here:
We’re still planning to upload the total catalog of pictures we’ve taken after we’ve tossed out the bad ones. I also want to transcribe my daily journal and post it so you can see what it was like one day at a time.
THANK YOU SO MUCH for blessing us by contributing financially and prayerfully to the trip!! We truly could not have done this without you.