"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

Friday, March 21, 2008

Tea Farm

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 a personal note.  It is Good Friday today.  I have thought of all of you and the amazing experience you will be having at the services this evening.  I've prayed for you... This particular service is my favorite one of the year at the Chapel - I think because it is such a tangible reminder of the gift Christ has given us.  I will miss being there because they don't even have a service here.  That's okay though because it doesn't make what Jesus has done for us any less meaningful.  I remember with you, even halfway around the world, the incredible price that Jesus paid for my sin so I could be in a relationship with Him.  What an amazing act of love!  Romans 5:7-8 keeps coming through my mind.  

"For one will hardly die for a righteous man, though perhaps for a good man someone would dare to die.  But God demonstrates His own love toward us in this, while we were still sinners Christ died for us."


rob said...

Hi, Smiths! We're still loving reading these posts and seeing the pics. Some of the pics enlarge when you click on them, but some don't. Could you re-post the last pic on this post (the one of all the kids together at the tea farm)? If that's too complicated, no worries.

Hope you all are well! You're in our prayers.

Rob and Steph

Michele said...

Hi Katie, Rachel, Julia, and Caleb! We are thinking of you especially because it's Easter tomorrow and we will miss you at Papa's house! We are praying for you and can't wait to see you again and hear all your stories.
We love you!
Hannah and Paige and Micah