John and Krista Poidevin, along with their three children, left Canada for their first term in Tanzania, Africa.

Yes, they were excited about using their linguistics training to help bring the truth of God’s Word to those who desperately need it. But they also anticipated facing challenges—studying culture and becoming fluent in Swahili while raising three young children isn’t easy.

What they weren’t expecting was the quick change of plans. Two months after arriving, they discovered that Krista had a brain tumour and had to return to Canada. The family spent the next 10 months in Ontario receiving treatment, but are rejoicing that once again, in 2019, they have begun the process of life in Tanzania.