What I Learned About Homeschooling from the Kibera Slums

I had a chance to travel to Kenya with AWANA International (www.awana.org/). I knew my heart was going to break seeing the children living in poverty in the slums of Nairobi’s Kibera, but . . . I never expected to learn so much about homeschooling from the teachers and students I met. First, the slums are a hard place to visit. Over one million people live in a community of make-shift shacks, unsafe power lines, and filth. Channels of human {Read More}

3 Questions About Giving Every Parent Should Ask

3 Questions About Giving Every Parent Should Ask   This summer I was blessed to travel to Kenya to meet with some amazing men and women who are using AWANA clubs (www.awana.org) to disciple children to know Jesus and know His Word. We visited six schools, each with 200+ students. My heart was drawn to the kids who praised God with smiling faces, even though many of them were orphans and had little or nothing of their own. It was easy {Read More}

The Sad News About Adoption in our World

  Last week I was honored to go to Kenya with AWANA International. AWANA has 1,500 groups in Kenya, and they are doing amazing things. But the most amazing thing (to me!) was the work they are doing in the Kibera slums. The Kibera slums is estimated to be home to 1.3 million people, nearly half of them are children. Many of these children are orphans due to the death of a parent—many to AIDS. Yet dedicated leaders are creating {Read More}

Where Joy Is Found: Awana Making A Difference in the Kibera Slums

Joy where I never expected I watched my step as I moved through the thick, smelly mud. My red boots sunk into the mix of trash and slime. A few inches to my right was a channel cutting through the pathway, filled with human waste. To my left a woman, wearing a cast off t-shirt and long skirt sat in the doorway of a small shack, grilling corn for sale. At her feet a baby—no more than two-years-old—played with a {Read More}

The Perfect Timing of God’s Provision

The Perfect Timing of God’s Provision God takes care of those who take care of His people. Do you believe it? I do. Years ago we experienced this in our own family. In our home we had my husband, myself, our college age daughter, our high school age son and our one-year-old baby girl. For a season, our son and expectant daughter-in-law were living with us, too. Then, I received a letter from my Grandma. She had lived with us for nine years {Read More}

An Update from Kenya

An Update from Kenya At age 17, I became a teen mom… During my pregnancy it seemed that wherever I went I felt labeled. People noticed my “mistake,” but they didn’t see my heart. Few noticed how I was seeking God, and trying to make changes. My large, round stomach was all that they noticed. They are called slums because that’s why they are. It’s easy to overlook what’s truly important. @TriciaGoyer Click To Tweet It’s easy to overlook what’s {Read More}

Awana Get Involved!

Awana Get Involved! My older kids have been involved in Awana since 1997 or so. And now my young kids are involved! I’ve always loved the mission focus and their scripture training. Tomorrow I’m flying to Kenya to see how Awana International is reaching hundreds of thousands of kids in Kenya with the message of Jesus Christ. But even before the trip photos arrive, there are a few things that I wanted to share! Awana Stories Resources for Parents Awana’s Spiritual {Read More}

Awana Go to Kenya!

    As a full-time wife, full-time mom, and full-time writer (plus part-time mentor) I’m super picky about what my kids are involved in. Even though we had seasons of t-ball, 4-H, dance, soccer, art classes and language lessons there were only a few things we focused on long-term: 1. Homeschool basketball 2. Homeschool choir 3. Awana As our older three children grew into teenagers, there was something else we focused on: missions. I wanted my children to understand different {Read More}

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