The horrible news of the attack at Garissa University College in neighbouring Kenya came shortly after we, as a family, attended Good Friday services this morning.

The al-Shabab attack that killed at least 147, not far from the Somalian border, was in an area known for its instability, at a relatively small and certainly vulnerable university that was – as one survivor pointed out with trembling voice to the BBC – secured by as few as two security officers.

It’s a reminder that life can be short for anyone, a vapour that is here this moment and gone the next, even as more people and places around the world are struggling with how to be more vigilant in the midst of these sorts of terror and security concerns.

Dr. Jean and I would like to take this moment to say thank you to those who think about our family, and those who pray for us also. We know many of you do, especially for the children.

Some of you know that the bigger ongoing threats in East Africa are the driving and diseases and lack of emergency care if something were ever to go wrong during the routine of daily life.

Even so, we thank you for your ongoing interest in our welfare while we continue with our work.