"And if you SPEND YOURSELVES on behalf of the hungry and satisfy the needs of the oppressed, then your light will rise in the darkness and your night will become like the noonday."
"The Lord will continually guide you. He will satisfy your needs in a sun-scorched land and will strengthen your frame. You will be like a well-watered garden, like a spring whose waters never fail."- Isaiah 58:10-11
Sunday, March 30, 2008
We returned late last night from our 3 day trip to the Indian Ocean! What an incredibly beautiful place! We had a great time planning and preparing for our trip out to the Trans Mara and just relaxing and having fun with our family and friends. We head out to the Mara in the morning... We are so so excited!!!
Tuesday, March 25, 2008
We had a very interesting conversation the other day when we were talking about Dave and Carrie's houseworker, Emily. She is in the picture above with us. She is a single mom of two boys, one of which has sickle cell anemia and is often very sick. She works for Dave and Carrie full time - 5 days a week. All of the families here have houseworkers - it's a way of supporting another family and of providing jobs for Kenyans. (I'd like to bring a houseworker and a gardner home with me!)
Sorry we haven't posted in a few days. It's been thunder-storming in the evenings and we lose internet at those times. Rick and the Haywards made it here safely!!! We were so glad to see them! The kids have really missed their Daddy so today has been great. We had lots of time together!
Friday, March 21, 2008
Today we went to a Kenyan Tea farm. One of Kenya's major exports, along with flowers, is tea. It was very interesting to see what makes up a large part of their economy and employs many, many people. This particular farm was started by a British man and his wife. His grand-daughter and her husband now run it and give tours of their grounds and tell of the tea making process. The large picture is of the kids in front of the tea bushes. The go for hundreds of miles all around and cover the hills that once used to be forested. We were given a tour by a very old Kikuyu man who grew up on the farm and whose father used to give tours. It was very interesting. The homes are those of some of the tea farm workers
On Thursday we had an incredible experience. We went to Amani Ya Juu. It is place where women who have literally fled for their lives can come and work and sell the crafts they make. There are women from all over Africa - Rwanda, Ethiopia, Uganda, Tanzania, the Congo etc. We were able to hear some of their stories. One woman fled with her husband and 8 children. They found a tiny one room shack to stay in and had no source of income. With her family starving she connected with Amani through word from a friend. She was accepted and now can feed her family. They have moved into a two bedroom house with a living room inbetween! She was so thankful. I think of the verse in I Thessalonians 5:18 "...in everything give thanks, for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus." It takes on a whole different meaning. What a blessing to have met her and heard her story.
Wednesday, March 19, 2008
It's actually day 4 for us here but today we just took it easy b/c Katie came down with a fever about half way through the day yesterday. Please pray for her. The rest of us are still holding out. But I'm going to tell you about our day yesterday...
Monday, March 17, 2008
After we left the market we went to a halfway house of a large orphanage called "The Nest." We were at kind of a satellite orphanage. This house cares for small babies and children whose mothers are in prison. The older children were at school so we got to spend time just holding the babies. The girls and I were in heaven! We were there for almost 2 hours holding them, laughing with them, and playing with them. We had a chance to pray for each one of them as we held them that some day they would find Jesus as their Savior and would grow up to be strong leaders and make a difference in their community. I'm sure we'll go back before we leave.