Forgotten Voices' Mission:

"Demonstrating the love of Jesus Christ by equipping local churches in southern Africa to meet the physical & spiritual needs of children orphaned by AIDS in their communities."

Sunday, November 29, 2009

A Life Changing Sound -- OUR BABY IS COMING

Friends - Katie and I are delighted to announce that we are having a baby in June! This will be our first child. After another great checkup and a healthy heart beat -- a sound that has changed my life -- we are so excited to share our news with you.

I graduate from the Harvard Kennedy School in May, with the baby expected a week later if all is on schedule --- which it won't be and that's part of the fun -- just waiting on the Lord. :)

What a fantastic Thanksgiving we had with family, sharing the news with our extended relatives after telling our immediate family members a few weeks ago, and now celebrating by telling all of you! For those supporting Katie's race, check out her blog here.

You may have noticed the larger than normal lags in the blogging from me in the past two weeks. :) Now, for those of you that have gone through this incredible process, you know why. :) What a joy it is to watch life growing. Praise God for this miraculous gift.

As a soon to be father, my commitment to the Forgotten Voices' mission has never been stronger. My love for the kids we serve -- kids who have lost 1 or both parents -- continues to grow. While my first thought while listening to our baby's heartbeat was just sheer wonder & awe at the power of God, my thoughts did go to the thousands of kids our partners work with in Africa. Katie and I can't stop thinking about them, as we also rejoice at this gift God has given us.

Tonight, we ask that you give thanks for the gift of life. We ask for your prayers for our child, growing strong each day (now about 3 inches tall and an ounce big:)). We also ask that you pray for the thousands of kids we know in Zimbabwe & Zambia, as they go to our church partners -- crying out to God for someone to remember them this holiday season. Through Forgotten Voices, you, Katie and I have this opportunity to demonstrate the love of Christ. Thank you for your prayers.

We are so thankful for you all and look forward to you meeting our child in June.

Happy Thanksgiving! Indeed, we have MUCH to be thankful for.

-Ryan & Katie Keith (and our new baby)


Nate and Ellen said...

Congratulations, Ryan and Katie! You two are going to make wonderful parents! I'm sure, as you alluded in your blog, that this new phase of life will give a whole new meaning to the ministry of Forgotten Voices for you. Blessings on you both and your little one! ~ Nate and Ellen

Annie said...

Congratulations Ryan and Katie! I'm so excited for you!