Rift Valley Academy

    GBC supports two families who are on the staff of Rift Valley Academy in Kijabe, Kenya -- Mark and Carolyn Kinser and Michael and Jillian Wills. 

    RVA is a Christian boarding school, serving about 500 missionary children, representing 30 nationalities and 80 mission organizations and churches.  The children live and learn at the school while their parents share the good news of Jesus throughout Africa.  It also accommodates some Kenyan national students and expatriates, and non-missions students.  During the academic year, the 20 dormitories bustle with nearly 400 boarding students.  It has its own 20-bed health facility and cafeteria, which serves 1200 student meals per day.  A dedicated missionary staff of 120 plus a national staff of 100 keep the school operating.

    The mission statement of the academy is:  Educating and discipling students toward their potential in Christ thus enabling families to serve.  As RVA students grow holistically, they learn how to apply biblical truth in the world around them, develop God-given abilities to impact the world for Christ, and lead healthy lives that contribute positively in their communities.  The school diligently works to support families already in the field as well as help to raise the next generation of dynamic believers.  It is a branch of Africa Inland Mission.

    The school starts its 111th year at the end of August.  Please pray for the mission families as they prepare to send their children for their next 13-week stay at school.  Pray for safety as the children travel, for comfort as they face the excitement of a new school year along with difficult parting from their parents, and for the staff as they embrace the children with the love of Jesus.  In the midst of challenging times, pray that God would be glorified in all that happens at the school, and that He would grant safety and protection for the entire RVA community.