Habari gani? (How are you?)
We have managed to get a blog started for our african journey ("safari") It is work in progress, please come back to visit often! We hope this blog can keep you updated on our adventures of travel and work in Africa.
tutaonana! (see you again),
Josiah and Lilian
A little something about us:
We have a deep and rooted love and calling for the african continent, especially East Africa. We met there and hope to be back to live, work and serve there.
Josiah was born in Kenya and grew up mostly in East Africa. He attended three years of Bible College (Elim) here in NY, for missions abroad. He graduated with his Bachelor Degree in education and recently his Masters in curriculum development and instructional technology.
Lilian was born and raised in the Netherlands. She attended art academy there and then worked as flight attendant for several years. Today she stays home with our two children and parttime works as a portrait artist and photographer.
In 2004 Josiah was in Kigoma visiting his family while doing an internship for college. That same time the opportunity came up for Lilian to be in Tanzania. She taught english and art to orphans and streetchildren for the few months that she was there.
So we met.....It was the beginning of many travels from the Netherlands to the USA, to Tanzania and back.
We fell in love! We got married in 2007 and have been blessed to be the parents of two children; a girl named Ayanna and boy named Gabe. We currently live in the state of NY, but long for life in Africa.
On one of our trips to Tanzania in 2006, we started a schooling project and have been able to continue this yearly. (read more here ). We managed to find sponsors and funding to have 36 children attend school in Kamale,Tanzania. This is something we felt it needed to be continued eventhough we are currently not living there. Education can play such a big role in a child's life and impact his/her future and that of their family. * A few years year later we are now supporting children in Kiziba, Tanzania.