Sunday, May 28, 2017

The Graduate

The big day has finally come. On Thursday, May 25, Tristan graduated with high honours from Rosslyn Academy. We are so thankful for the great friends, teachers, and experiences that all our kids have enjoyed growing up here in Nairobi.

We are so proud of the talented and kind hearted young man that Tristan has become. 
Here are a few pictures from the day.

Ezra, Ha Ram, Reid, Katie, Tristan, Michael, Sarah, and Caeli
Tristan and Sally
Michael and Tristan
Tristan and Mr. Mark Statler
Very proud mom and dad
Grammie celebrating with us Tristan's graduation
Aaron Tristan Clark Kenny

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

MOSAIC: 2017 Spring edition

The Spring 2017 edition of Canadian Baptist Ministries MOSAIC magazine looks at the cross-cutting importance of creation care in the work of Canadian Baptists both locally and globally. It is a very thought provoking issue. Along with the physical copies that CBM distributes, you can read the magazines online version by clicking the link below.


Monday, May 15, 2017

Remembering Rev. Dr. Pedro Manuel

Rev. Dr. Pedro Manuel, Injera Evangélica de Angola

Pedro Manuel, first joined the ministry of the IEA as an evangelist in 1976. Having fled the Angolan civil war with his family, in the 1950s, Manuel had lived and studied in Zaire, present day DR Congo. Throughout those years of uncertainty, his faith grew and his love for the Lord compelled him to give his life to Christian ministry.

He was ordained as a pastor in 1985 and held several pastoral positions throughout the Evangelical Church of Angola (IEA).

During his ministry, Rev. Dr. Manuel was Regional Pastor of Luanda, Soyo, Nzeto and Secretary General of the IEA for two consecutive terms from 1985 to 1995. Within the Evangelical Church of Angola, he served as the President of the General Assembly and executive committee. 

He was awarded an honorary doctorate from McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, and later served as a professor at the IEA Biblical Institute in Cabinda where he invested in younger leaders within Angola.

Rev. Dr. Manuel believed that the Mission of God called all Christians to serve together in unity. To this end, he served in various ecumenical capacities including as the secretary general of the Council of Christian Churches in Angola.

In his book, The Walk of the IEA 113 Years 1898-2011, he recounts the journey of the Injera Evangélica de Angola, a story that includes the work and influence of Canadian Baptist Ministries' first missionaries sent to Africa in 1958.

Rev. Dr. Pedro Manuel died at dawn on May 8, 2017, in Luanda, Angola. He was 74 years old. In honour of his wishes, he was buried this past weekend at the cemetery of the Evangelical Mission of Quimpondo, where former missionaries have been laid to rest. 

Our prayers are with the Church, his wife Maria José Manuel, and their six children.

The ROSCARS 2017

This year's ROSCAR hosts: The Oompa Loompas
This year's ROSCAR theme was 
Charlie and The Chocolate Factory

It was a wonderful evening of celebrating the arts at Rosslyn Academy. We are so blessed by the incredible faculty that encourage our children and their friends to explore and develop excellence in studio art, dance, band, vocals, sculpture, drawing, photography, painting, wood working, culinary arts, and drama.

The night was a delightful time of showcasing the work and talents of the Rosslyn High School's student body.

Here are some snapshots from the night.

Ava, Brayden, and Indira ready for the show
Flashback to Annie
Emma performing in the NYC Reprise
Flashback to Twelve Angry Men
Scene change,... an interesting coincidence
Scene change,... remember that dead pet song
Tristan and Sarah reprise their Phantom of the Opera Moment
All I Want is You
Ezra's Show Stopping Flashback Dance
Such a Wonderful Night!
Also, earlier this week we celebrated the last Rosslyn Choral Concert of the year
The 2017 Rosslyn Singers
under the direction of Mark Statler

The Graduation Party

"More Than Words"
The boys serenading their moms for Mother's Day
Haram, Ezra, Tristan, and Michael

On Sunday, we celebrated with friends and family the graduation party for Tristan and three of his best friends at the Rosslyn Academy Eagletorium. It is a special place as it was here eleven years ago that they all met in the second grade.

2017 Class rings

Getting ready for the party

The boys with the Statlers

In front of their second-grade classroom with Miss McKee

Kerry and Zuri

Tristan's grad table

Tristan and Sally

We are so proud of Tristan and the kind, confident, 
and creative young man that he has become.

The Grad Cake, compliments of Mrs. Lee

Erica and Jean
The Lowers

Erica and Grammie

The Enns family
Emma and Lydia
The Lee family
The Twins
What's a party without Koobs?

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

The BIG Month!

Moving toward Graduation!!

At the end of May, our son Tristan graduates from Rosslyn Academy High School. 

This month is a big one with graduation activities and all of the end of school year events for our family. It is a time of great celebration and the anticipation of transitions ahead.

Tristan presenting his senior seminar in the Rosslyn auditorium

The Senior Sem is a right of passage for Rosslyn students who are expected to conduct an independent research project during their senior year. Each senior has two teachers that act as supervisors as they complete their research and present it as a paper and then a seminar followed by a question period.

Tristan focused his senior seminar on the rise and fall of the television laugh track and its relationship to generational shifts in the way North Americans relate to popular entertainment.

His presentation was both informative and delightful!

Congratulating TK after his presentation

Celebrating Emma's Induction into the National Honour Society of Kenya

We are also very glad that Aaron's mom, Marie, is able to be with us for the big month. Following the performances of Annie, we were all able to celebrate Emma being chosen and inducted into the National Honour Society (NHS) an organization that works to promote character and service among the top academic students in Kenya. 

As part of NHS, Emma and her peers will be involved in the organization and leadership of community service projects for her school.

Emma and Tristan at the close of Annie

Along with the graduation parties, services, and convocation, the month of May is full of choir concerts, voice recitals, the Roscars Award Show, birthdays, and Mother's Day.

We are so proud of our kids and the great group of friends that they have journeyed with through Rosslyn. Among all the fun, we know that this is also a month of saying good-bye. We certainly covet your prayers as our hearts are filled with joy and sadness.