We have to remind ourselves not to drink from the tap.
I’m having cheese withdrawals.
…but we are HOME in Kenya and it feels SO GOOD!
Our two month visit to the U.S. was a terrific blessing. We were able to catch up with family and friends, connect with supporters and share about ministry with Bluesky. We also got to satisfy our Chick-fil-a cravings, as well as Nate’s personal favorite – Chinese buffet.
We are fortunate to have two “home bases” to return to in the U.S., with half our time spent in Medina, Ohio and the other half in Rome, Georgia. We know a ton of missionary friends who spend 99% of their time in the U.S. on a cross-country road trip to visit many churches and people….we are so thankful for the strong support we have received from our two hometown communities that makes our visit more simplified and restful (especially with a toddler!).
Some big events from our time in the USA included:
Nate’s family surprising us with “Christmas Morning” in June!
Attending the 100th (and longest standing) family reunion in the state of Ohio!
A Mast family vacation to North Carolina, including such special cousin time for the kiddos!
Finding out the gender of our second baby…it’s a BOY!
Being invited to a missionary marriage retreat at Winshape, where we connected with many folks serving overseas…and even made new friends who live 15 minutes from us in Nairobi!
Shanna’s sister gave birth to our newest nephew, Chandler!
We were also able to connect with a lot of our supporters and share about ministry with Bluesky. We hosted a supporter banquet in Rome, Georgia and met with folks over coffee or a meal throughout our visit. We were invited to share with both First Baptist Church of Medina and First Presbyterian Church of Rome about how things were going in Kenya.
It was truly special to talk to folks in person about Kenya, answer questions and catch up. Although we post blogs and send newsletters, there is something irreplaceable about seeing people in “real life” and having solid conversations about life. We are truly grateful. We look forward to the next time we can cross the “pond,” but for now we are enjoying life in Kenya and jumping head-first back into ministry!
Here are some fun memories from our visit in the U.S….enjoy!