In Liberian refugee ministry in Ivory Coast, Kim’s resolve to care for all the needs surrounding her almost broke her from the inside out. Bitterness and helplessness settled into her heart like toxic fumes. After a year, the missionary team took a refocusing trip to the states, and it was there that Kim hit a wall. She felt she could not return to West African ministry. Her husband Jeff struggled with the logistics of that roadblock while Kim tried to stay above water. Where now?
An engrossing two-year interim ministry in Jamaica was on the docket - a ministry of healing and encouragement. The plans of God are never wasted, never late. His masterful engineering was never more evident than in their short Jamaican ministry.
Finally ready to return to West African ministry, the Abernethys moved to a town in western Ivory Coast. Still ministering to Liberian refugees, the following years saw fruit beyond anything they could imagine, though challenges, circumstances, and conflicts surfaced like a typhoon.
The last riveting five years of African ministry find Kim stretched beyond her human capacity. After a frigid adventure to Canada for French language training, they prepared to move to Bouake, Ivory Coast. But the death of her brother and the rebellion of teenage daughters dulled Kim’s resolve to go wherever God called. On the verge of resignation from ministry, this family encounters what it means to walk by faith, not by feeling or sight.