March 2010 Update

Family and Friends,

Many of you keep up with us through facebook and e-mails but for those who do not we apologize for the long delay in communicating with you. We are still in Fort Myers where Bob is ministering full time with ECHO and Ellen with AIM.

Last fall we were able to go to Kenya for three and half months to teach at the Africa Inland Church Missionary College in Eldoret. We have known several staff at the college for many years and Eldoret is an hour’s drive from our previous place of ministry at Cheptebo. So after an absence of six years it was an incredible blessing to be back in familiar territory and to have the opportunity to reconnect with many good friends and former colleagues.

It was especially encouraging to see the progress that has been made at the Cheptebo project under the Kenyan leadership. The demonstration farm and conference center there continue to play a significant role in the agricultural and spiritual development of the Kerio Valley and beyond as they reach out in the name of Christ to the needy families in their communities.

At the Missionary College Ellen taught English to theology students and I taught a class in Dryland Agriculture to the first year missions students and continued to do work for ECHO. We both enjoyed interacting daily with the students and staff of the college community. For more information on the college check online at

Our time in Kenya was cut a week short by the call to return to the US due to my father’s deteriorating health. God opened the door for immediate flights and connections so that we were able to return and spend the last week of Dad’s life with him and other family members. Robert Henry Hargrave entered into the presence of his Lord on December 6th at the age of 83. We deeply appreciate the many messages of encouragement and condolence that we received during that time.

Our plans for the rest of this year and beyond remain somewhat uncertain. Ellen has been asked to assume an interim position as AIM Area Representative for the Southeast US as well as continue in her role working with missionary kids and their families. I continue to serve at ECHO where I am the coordinator of consulting services and also am leading the effort to open an ECHO East Africa Regional Office.

We deeply appreciate your faithful friendship, prayers and support as we wait confidently for God’s leading in our lives and ministry. We are humbled when we consider that you have stood with us for 25 years of service with AIM. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts and may God bless you richly in the days ahead.

Yours in Christ,

Bob and Ellen

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