We’re Mike and Renee. Missionaries in Africa from 1997 to 2014, we now live in the Atlanta area and continue to serve with Africa Inland Mission. These pages offer some of our stories, family updates, and perspectives on the missionary life.
50 things I love about my wife (written on May 28th 2015 – Our 20th anniversary)
So here we are. Americans again. Forty-three years old and starting over. After becoming to a certain degree “Africans”, we now feel like the proverbial square peg in a round hole. Out of step with American culture and values. Living in a borrowed home and driving a borrowed car. Feeling vulnerable. Feeling lost. Our feet decisively planted on Georgia’s red clay soil, and half our hearts still in Africa.
I cherished every run, realizing that time, sadly, was not standing still. In fact, lately it feels as though it’s sped up some.
After what has turned out to be a “career” on the field, I have never been so inspired by God’s heart for Africa as I am today, and yet at the same time, never felt so inadequate to the task.
Looking forward, I see a hard road ahead for the finishing work of the Great Commission. And I believe there ought to be storytellers walking it alongside the church planters, Bible translators, disciple-makers, and others. If for no other reason than to simply “make much of God”, to declare His glory.
Neglected, abused, run off by a jealous step-father—whatever the reason, Nairobi has produced tens of thousands of street children. They run on fear, on drugs, and on the will to survive one more day. Some, a few fortunate ones, run into a second chance.