A sabbatical is a time of release from normal pastoral duties in order that a pastor may devote time to rest, renewal, study, other service, growth, and gaining fresh vision for continued service. Our two months sabbatical will include spiritual development, short-term mission service, vision development, as well as personal and family development. Our family will travel to Kenya and Tanzania. Our time will include a short-term missions assignment conducting church leadership seminars at the Nairobi Diocese of Kenya Mennonite Church and teaching at the Mennonite Theological College of Eastern Africa. Visiting the college will undoubtedly serve as a reunion for us since I served there as Academic Dean and Jessica served as Accountant and member of the board for a year back in 2004. Then I led a CCF mission trip there in 2007. As I contemplate this time, I am filled with expectation of what God wants to do in me and in my family. Stay tuned for updates.