I would like to introduce you to one of the most dedicated Christians I have met. My husband and I spent a week with them in Kenya, Africa, and I was very impressed with the entire Bohman Family. Lori went with her husband, Eric, to Africa to serve as missionaries when they had one child six months of age. She has served beside her husband all these years and now they have four beautiful girls. Three were born in Africa and can hardly wait to get back "home" when they come to the United States on furlough. I hope you enjoy getting better acquainted with Lori.
Lori had the privilege of being raised in a godly, Christian home. Her parents, Norman and Ellen Strong, have a sincere love for the Lord and for serving Him through serving others. They were very consistent in their Christian life and were the same Monday-Saturday as they were on Sunday. Because of her parents' training, Lori realized her need of a Savior as a young child and accepted the Lord as her Savior as a four-year-old girl.
She was born in Oklahoma, but her family moved to Murfreesboro, Tennessee, when she was only three so that they could work in the ministry of the "Sword of the Lord." Her parents have served faithfully there for over thirty years. As a young girl, Lori learned to have a burden for those around her by going with her parents on church visitation. They often gave Lori the opportunity to give her testimony, and she continued to be active in various church ministries throughout her adolescent years.
Lori's family would occasionally take their vacation time to visit Lori's two uncles who are missionaries in Mexico. On these missions trips, Lori and her sister, Lisa, were given the opportunity to minister in various ways to the people of Mexico and get a taste of what missions is all about. It was on one of these trips, as a 16-year-old, that Lori felt the Lord burdening her heart for the foreign field, and she surrendered to do His will, wherever it might lead.
While in Bible college, Lori met Eric, who had likewise felt God's call to the mission field, and had surrendered to be a missionary as an eight-year-old boy. It was their common love for missions which brought them together, and God gave them a love for each other and a desire to unite their lives to fulfill His purpose. They were married in August of 1991.
After being accepted by Baptist International Missions Board as missionaries and upon completing their deputation, they arrived in Kenya, East Africa, in 1994, to begin their missionary work. The Lord gave Eric and Lori a burden for the remote villages and the unreached people groups in the "bush."
They lived for over ten years in the small, rural town of Nyahururu, in the mountains, at over 8,000 ft. elevation, right on the equator. Their village works are made up of nomadic tribes and subsistent farmers — people who live in more primitive environments.
God also gave them the opportunity to work among the Kenyan deaf and see many of them come to know Christ as Savior. In recent years, they have started two feeding centers for children in areas where there is famine and/or great need. Through these ministries, they have seen many children, as well as adults, receive Christ and grow in Him.
Lori's main "ministry" has been being a wife and mother. The Lord has blessed their home with four daughters: Erica is 13, Deborah is 11, Heidi is 8, and Julia is 4. Lori says her home is her "career," and she finds great fulfillment in being a helpmeet to her husband and home schooling her daughters. However, the Lord has given her ministries with the Kenyans, as well, through working in the children's Sunday School classes, training the Kenyan ladies to be Sunday School teachers, teaching monthly ladies' meetings, and discipling new lady converts. When Lori has spare time, she enjoys gardening, reading and playing the piano. Her favorite scripture verse is "I delight to do thy will, O my God: yea, thy law is within my heart." Psalm 40:8.
Most of the Kenyan food is bland (not much taste). Their main food is the vegetables they grow in their garden and with this they will eat rice or ugali (which is much like thick grits). They don't use many seasonings besides salt. However, here is a recipe which you may enjoy trying. It is a type of doughnut called Maandazi (pronounced Mahn-dah-zee). These are eaten at "tea time" (11 am or 4pm) along with a cup of tea which they call chai (pronounced ch-eye). Below is a recipe which Lori keeps on "file" on the computer for church ladies' groups who sometimes write and ask her for a Kenyan recipe.
- 2 cups flour
- 2 t. baking powder
- 3 T. sugar
- 1/2 t. salt
- 2 eggs
- 1 1/2 cups milk
Mix dry ingredients. Add eggs and milk and mix well. Drop by rounded tablespoons into hot oil and fry until golden, turning when lower side is brown.
Chai is regular tea made with half milk/half water and sweetened with sugar.
Here is a photo of the Bohman family taken at the Tented Camps Resort in Kenya. You can see the watering hole for the animals in the background. My thanks to Eric for helping me with this project. We pray for God's blessings and protection for you and your family.