April 12, 2011 – from Kenya

My fifth trip to this country in the past 28 months has created something in my life that I never expected or entertained even three years ago.  It was Jason Anderson’s invitation to accompany him on a trip in Dec. of 2008 that began this journey. In Dec. of 2008 I found myself falling in love with 32 orphan children in rural Kenya.  Then I found myself growing in passion and hope for the lives of these kids.  Today I found myself on the grounds of the well guarded U.S. Embassy in Nairobi meeting with someone from USAID, and I dream of a day when I can speak fluent Swahili. As I walked away from my orphan friends and their caregivers late this morning, the contentment in my life when I am here in Kenya is… while I am such a stranger with white skin here, it’s as if I can breathe air while underwater.  I really don’t fully belong.  Not only is my skin white, I don’t yet understand the customs of this place nor do I speak any of the languages (thankfully English is spoken most places here). When here, I feel as if life is complete with the exception of being part of my children’s lives, and the contentment isn’t the result of Xanax, a message, or yoga.  It’s real, and it’s life here.  I only wish more of my friends could touch these kids and ALSO realize that we can be content in life without going 100 m.p.h., winning every game, every scholarship, and every business meeting.  Life is so much more.  It’s about people, about caring, about simply tasting dinner without rushing off to the next thing, and it’s about inviting the neighbor for tea when there is still work to be done. Don’t get me wrong.  These people are in no way lazy or without ambition.  They simply seem to have a better sense of how God has created us as human beings — that relationships and caring for one another always win the...

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April 11, 2011 – from Kenya

Thanks to Naomi Triggs, Claire Buswell, Avantia Damberg, Patricia Flynn, and Linda Kitchen for their amazing love shown to our 32 orphan kids in Kenya over the past two weeks!!!  Last night, fourteen hours after they departed, we sat around the kitchen table with our Kenyan staff and talked about our time together with the five ladies and our orphan kids. It was an exhausting trip as we kept plenty busy, but it was also so very good.  Thanks be to God!

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April 10, 2011 – from Kenya

We met with several members of the leadership team of Living Water International, Kenya, this past week.  They had reviewed our ‘Hydrogeological/Geophysical Survey Report’ that was prepared for us, and they believe we have an excellent location for drilling a borehole/well. We need to finalize our permit for drilling with the local government officials here; we believe this process will go smoothly since we informed them of our intentions to drill last September.  Once the permit is finalized, we will be able to inform our supporters with a date that drilling will begin! Please hold this project in your hopes and prayers!  We’ve spent a great deal of energy and a sizable amount of money to determine that our site is a good location for drilling a well.

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April 9, 2011 – from Kenya

At lunch today Elijah mentioned that we would be having roasted meat for dinner.  We had gone to a local place to have a meal of roasted meat a few nights ago, but he didn’t think that it was of a good enough standard.  So, he took it upon himself to give us a great meal tonight. When asked, we learned that one of his young sheep had been chosen for slaughter, and it would be roasted during the afternoon for dinner.  Dinner would have to wait for our afternoon activities though. Late in the afternoon we were invited to the field by the safe house where the children live.  Several of our staff had gone into town, found a nursery where they could buy saplings and brought them home.  We were asked to each write our name on a sign that would be placed by a tree that each of us would plant.  It turns out that each person of this visiting team planted a Cedar tree… …the biblical references to this day have been a bit overwhelming. Needing rest before waking at 4 a.m. to take our Amsterdam team to the airport.  They have been amazing with the children and our staff~

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April 6, 2011 – from Kenya

We spent some amazing time tonight with our orphan friends.  Every night we spend an hour with them prior to bedtime, and tonight we talked about what it means to be hurt by others and the process of forgiveness.  These kids have been through so much, and they don’t usually share their deep pains.  Tonight we saw how much they are starting to really trust this team of five as they shared a few bits of their life scars within small group settings.  We concluded the night with some good singing to send them to bed on a positive note. We also took our staff out for dinner prior to our time with the kids tonight.  We went to a new place that serves roasted meet; we had more than our fill of roasted chicken and roasted sheep along with ‘chips’ a.k.a. french fries. Our staff here is always appreciative when we take the time to remind them how much their efforts mean to the lives of our 32 orphan children.  In reality, the lives of our staff revolve around these kids, but it’s always good to receive encouragement for a job well done, and a dinner of roasted meat was our way of showing encouragement tonight.

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