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
Merry Christmas

This is not Loki.  Renee's dream to swim with Manatees
came true at the end of Home Assignment while we were in Florida.

We’re back in Loki!  It has been a crazy transition back, but we are finally settled in. 

We want to thank all of you who made our first home assignment such a memorable one.  The 5 months and 21,000 miles in the car passed quickly, but it was great to reconnect with as many people as we could. Thank you for all the wonderful dinners (and extra 15 lbs), fun experiences, and nourishment for our souls.  We were filled physically, emotionally and spiritually; ready for another 2 years.

Christmas is around the corner.  Our very American-looking tree with bright lights and our favorite ornaments has helped remind us of that.  Without the constant billboards, commercials, and store fronts calling for our attention, Ian has provided the 10 day countdown to Christmas. 

We arrived back to our home in Lokichoggio December 4th.  The rains had turned the landscape a beautiful, lush green.  It truly is the prettiest time of year here.   Definitely no snow, but thankfully the temps are a nice 90 degrees with cool nights.  It’s a blessing to be eased gently into the 110 temps that we’ll see in a few months.

A local pastor returning to his home village in South Sudan.

AIM AIR is busier than ever, with a record number of flights last month serving the missionaries and ministries here in East Africa.  God truly is advancing here.  They’re glad to have Joel back, and are transitioning him into the Cessna 208 Caravan (a 14 seat turbine-engine plane).  Leadership did their best to give Joel some time to get the family settled, but with the busy schedule, he was  back in regular rotation after a few days.  The AIM AIR team is amazingly supportive, from leadership to pilots – we’re one big family working together to meet a common goal.  Praying it stays this way…

Joel's newer, bigger office.

The Loki welcome was gentle, but quickly had to re-engage our “Loki-brain” and think about how we do life here.  Checking solar-power availability, checking water availability (our tanks, even during the rainy season, will run dry overnight since they only fill a few hours a day); even taking a shower takes thought.   Things that have been automatic for the last 6 months, things we take for granted, require conscious thought again. Even outside communications like cell phone and internet take more time and thought to get reconnected. (That’s a whole other story but we’re connected now).

Logistics are one thing, but it’s the relationships that are the most challenging part of living here.  Loki life is tough.  We’ve been blessed with a sturdy home with a good roof (only a couple leaks) and food on our table every evening.  Many of our friends do not share this luxury.  In the first week and a half of arriving home, two local friends died suddenly: one was an ANA lady (Caroline was 35 years old and left 3 children behind) and the mom of our close friend, Jasimbo (he has worked for us since we moved to Loki)).

LaReina leading bible study at the ANA Group Christmas Party.

To those who bought jewelry made by the ANA ladies, thank you.  It was a bitter-sweet day at the ANA Christmas party as we celebrated being together and God’s blessings, but mourned that Caroline’s sweet face and gentle spirit would no longer be gracing our group.
Praise Report!  When we arrived back in Loki, tribal disputes between the Turkana people of Loki and the Toposa of South Sudan had heated up.  The dispute had been escalating past simple cattle-raiding into gun-fire and retaliatory kidnapping.  After several groups in town gathered to pray for peace, a peace treaty was signed last week.  Please join us in praying that the people who were affected find forgiveness in their heart and stay within the peace treaty.

This is a truer representation of the landscape of Loki.  Daily challenges that our Western heritage struggles to understand.  So we love, we pray, we point to the source of hope.  We encourage the Christians to stand firm in truth.  And somehow life goes on.  Even though they feel like the forgotten people, God continues to sustain them with a spirit of joy amidst such trials.  Only God could do that. 

Christmas always looks different here.  We will have turkey (the one from Nairobi is thawing) and cranberries, stuffing, and all the fixings.  We will join together with the 2 other families that serve with AIM AIR and celebrate the birth of our Savior.  Then it’s back to work, the work that God is doing in drawing souls that don’t know Him yet to the safety of His arms.  Peace on earth.  There’s no place we’d rather be.

In His Service,

Joel, LaReina, Renee and Ian

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

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+254 732 819 148

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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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-  Our first Home Assignment is finished:  21,000 miles on the road, 30 states, 3 Provinces/Territories visiting some of the most amazing people God could have ever put in our lives.  We can't thank all of you enough.  We're disappointed we missed those we were not able to get to.  Even though we did not thank you in person, we could not be here without you.  Thank you so much for everything you do for us and advancing God's Kingdom here in Africa.

-   It's good to be home. We're thankful for God's blessings and keeping our hearts drawn to the African people.


Christmas Eve goat in Loki.

A Christmas feast and message for a group of guys that hang around outside our gate.  They also received a Treasure (Audio Bible in Turkana).

Prayer Request:

-  Please pray for the guys in the picture above and that we will continue to be a witness of God's love for them.

-  AIM AIR is healthier than ever before. There have been a number of management position changes/additions in the past few months. Please pray for continued guidance as we seek God's will for the future.

-  South Sudan is on the verge of complete collapse.  Pray for the missionaries and ministries there as they continue to serve with no idea what the future holds.

-  While we were on Home Assignment, the Crisp family joined the Loki team.  For the next 4 months, we will have a team of 3 pilot/mechanics.  Please pray for cohesiveness of the team through the transitions of the next few months.

-   Joel will be transitioning into the position of Loki Base Manager in April.  The current manager and family are moving to Nairobi to fill an administrative role there.  Please pray for both families as we work through this change.

-   This change will leave 2 families in Loki again.  Please pray for a 3rd family/couple to feel God's call to join the Loki team.

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