An Update from the Aylards
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While We’re Waiting
 
It’s been more than 3 months since our unexpected and painful departure from Eden Children’s Village and Zimbabwe.  At this point, the road ahead is not much clearer than it was then.  We are waiting for news from our attorney in Zimbabwe about progress on applying for a work permit.  So far there has been very little news.
 
As we look for God to make known His path for us, we’re learning about waiting.  Waiting is often difficult, but during this time, we have seen God work.  We have seen Him provide for our needs through His people.  We have seen God use us to encourage those around us.  And we’re learning to trust Him more deeply with our lives and ministry.
 
Working While We Wait
 
While God has been at work in us and through us, we have also been working.
 
Tom continues to do almost all of the Eden finance work he was doing in Zimbabwe.  In addition to being meaningful work, this also provides an ongoing connection with the team and ministry at Eden.  He is also investing in the lives of friends and family.
 
Kay Lynn has been editing and writing Children’s CHE lessons for the Global CHE Network.  Through CHE, she was told that Zambia, Zimbabwe’s neighbor, wants to have Children’s CHE in every public school.  She and a CHE missionary in Mexico are preparing lessons together via the internet.
 
Kay Lynn is also making it a priority to homeschool Stephanie and create a home from the household items friends and family shared with us.
 
Stephanie has been busy reconnecting with friends and family this summer in addition to keeping up with friends in Zimbabwe.  She starts 8th Grade this week. She’ll be taking her academic classes at home and 3 other classes at a Christian school in the area.  She’s also enjoying music and meeting new goat friends.
 

We appreciate You!
 
We are thankful that, as we wait, you have been waiting with us.  And not just waiting, but supporting us with prayer and in very tangible ways during a difficult and trying time.  Thank you!
 
Tom, Kay Lynn and Stephanie
 
Re-entry into US culture has a mixture of "yeas" and "yucks". 
Kay Lynn helped missionary friends in Kenya with homeschooling.  Here the girls fish for letter sounds.
Stephanie is glad to have goat friends in the US

Praises:
 
  • Provision of a place to live and a vehicle
  • Encouraging time in Kenya with Kelsey 
  • Reconnection with family and friends

Prayers:
 
  • Progress on our attorney’s efforts to obtain a work permit
  • God’s peace and leading during the waiting
  • Mutual encouragement with friends and family

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