An update from Joel and LaReina King and their ministry in Africa. Please read below as God's plan for this family unfolds.
Joel and LaReina King
Gray Zone

Christmas in Oregon with Joel's dad and sister's family.
Crater Lake Oregon.

Well, January 18th has come and gone, and for those of you who have been praying for LaReina’s Re-entry Permit to be approved, we thank you.

In short, we don’t have a black and white answer from USCIS.  LaReina’s application has not been processed, and will likely be another month or so before we know what their decision is.  Initially it appeared to be a huge setback.  Like the “giants” the Israelites faced as they were scouting out the Promised Land, we felt intimidated by not having a trusty paper in our hands “ensuring” that we were safe to return to Kenya and be allowed re-entry into the US.  We wanted a guarantee.  Out of the gray zone and into black and white.

Life, especially a life following God, doesn’t work that way.  We are guaranteed that He is with us, but not in “secure” ways that world systems promise.

Once we let that basic truth resonate in our hearts for a bit, we started to pray for what God had planned for us.  A plan not based on fear, on “giants”, but based on the quiet voice that is the Holy Spirit guiding us forward.

Once again, hearts aligned with God, we heard clearly in our hearts, “Go home.  I am with you.” 

We truly believe that God had us in the US for a bit to rejuvenate our hearts and family bond, give Renee and Ian opportunities that were unavailable in our remote home location, and refocus our hearts for ministry in Kenya.  That has been accomplished, and we feel this chapter is ending.  We are emotionally, spiritually, and physically ready to return.

*sigh* Just because we’re missionaries doesn’t make us immune to life’s unpredictability and attempts by our enemy to avert our attention away from God and His plan for us.  We need to continue pressing into God:  His provision, His guidance, listening for and trusting His plan.

So we’re going.  We will travel to Canada January 25th for a week to see LaReina’s family and return to Washington February 1st.  We are returning to Kenya February 12. 

For those whose hairs are starting to stand on end and are wondering if we’re proceeding unwisely, we talked with our Christian lawyer who, after praying herself, agreed whole-heartedly with our plan.  The Re-entry Permit does not need to accompany us out of the US and can be sent to us in Kenya.  If LaReina’s not out of the US for more than 6 months, the Re-entry shouldn't be an issue.  The citizenship interview can come next week, next month, or in a few months.  There’s no predictability – other than for those of us who believe, that the interview will happen in God’s timing, for His purposes. 

The giants shrunk.  And we're going home.  In God’s Zone.

And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.~ Romans 8:28

In His Service,

Joel, LaReina, Renee and Ian

Caught up with some dear friends of ours from Kenya
on the slopes in Washington.  Ian's Birthday

Joel, LaReina, Renee and Ian King
PO Box 21171
Nairobi, 00505, Kenya

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(907) 707- 4647
(907) 707- 4676

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Thank you for your continued prayer support! Prayer protects us, guides us, and keeps our hearts aligned with His. 

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-  For direction and feeling released to return to our Kenyan home.

-  Peace that God is in control over all the immigration issues.

-  Our new team-mates have arrived in Loki!  We're excited to have a full team of 3 families and are thankful we can return to serve alongside them.

-  The blessing of friends who welcomed us into their home for the past 2 months.

-  The opportunity for Renee and Ian to play basketball in the Christian school league - experience playing on a team of peers with patient, talented coaches.

-  Renee and Ian have loved this time of winter activities and sports. With all the travel we need to accomplish during Home Assignment, the timing would never coincide with winter. They have always wanted to try skiing and snow-boarding, so it was a huge blessing to have that opportunity.

-  Relaxed time with family, friends, and our church body.


Prayer Request:

-  Please continue to pray for expedited processing and approval of LaReina's Re-entry Permit and Naturalization paperwork.

-  Rain.  South Sudan and northern Kenya are experiencing a seven month drought. There should have been a short rainy season in August/September that didn't come.  Goats and livestock are dying and the next rainy season isn't expected until March or April. 

-  Protection as we travel to Alberta and to Kenya.  

-  Please continue to pray for AIM AIR, our team-mates in Loki (they are in the hottest hot season), and the missionaries in South Sudan.

-  Please pray for our family as we transition back into remote village living.

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