April 5, 2011 – from Kenya

First Impressions —  Two days of intense travel, including missing a flight due to another arriving late, I found myself in the Nairobi airport.  After collecting my luggage, customs bothered me about having four suitcases, and they inquired about the gifts I was bringing into the country.  I ended up paying 5,000 shillings in taxes, and I was more than a bit frustrated by having to do so… Ben had not yet arrived to pick me up so I went and purchased a Kenyan cell phone and airtime for my computer modem.  It wasn’t long after emerging from the cellular shop that Ben arrived.  We had good conversation on the way to Karai.  I heard of many of the new developments . Ben bought a used four wheel drive Toyota van.  He is using it for shuffling kids around as well as supplies for the safehouse.  He is also hoping to do a bit of safari leading in the future, and now he won’t need to rent a vehicle to take people on excursions. After arriving in Karai, I was introduced to Naomi Wachira’s daughter, now sixteen months, who is staying here in Kenya for an extended stay with her grandparents, and aunts and uncles.  (Her mom lives in Seattle.)  Talking about children, and I found out that Ben’s wife, Milka, is three months pregnant. Living Water International, Kenyan division, is coming out within the next week to explore the site for drilling and make the formal agreement of our partnership in the drilling project. Besides all of this in the two and half months since my last visit, Elijah has constructed a two room guesthouse on his property.  Each room is complete with a bed and bathroom, electricity and running water.  It’s a great place for visitors, and I’ve made one of the rooms my own for the duration of my stay.  It’s really quite nice! I’ll update more later today or tomorrow.  Blessings from Kenya!...

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January 11, 2011 – from Kenya

Christmas in Kenya and the surrounding three weeks of our time in Africa have come to an end.   We are thankful for great drivers and great pilots who brought us safely around half the world over the past thirty hours.  Now it’s time for a few days of rest and repair before tackling the next challenges facing us!

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January 10, 2011 – from Kenya

It’s time to bring this trip to a close.  Packing, final gifts to our friends here, and a prayer for safe travels will all be part of today.  Saying goodbye is always difficult here.  Our skin colors are so different, but these people have a passion for the marginalized, the ‘least of these,’ the orphan children in their community that is second to none.  That phrase is used often, but this is not some big non-profit outfit where people are paid good salaries to work a big week.  This is LIFE for our staff on the ground here in Karai, Kenya. If you want to get involved with a non-profit in a far-away land that is making a long term difference in this community, get involved with us.  Currently, 95% or more of your monies are making it to direct support of these orphan kids.  We are in need of more people to really engage with us.  We need prayer warriors, financial supporters, and people who want their lives to mean more than fulfilling their own hopes and dreams… and making hopes and dreams a reality for kids who are orphaned and in need of love. God’s blessings to you today!

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January 9, 2011 – from Kenya

It was an amazing day of worshiping with our friends, sharing several huge meals together, and then saying goodbye to our orphan friends!  In addition, the southern half of the Sudan began voting on a referendum on whether to separate from the north and form their own country.  Former President Carter, along with several other world dignitaries are present in the Sudan urging leaders of the north and south to keep the peace. For Kenyans, this is an important vote.  A peaceful separation could be good for this country, but a separation that becomes violent will mean hundreds of thousands of refuges and destabilization of the politics in Eastern Africa. Please pray for peace as this process progresses.  Voting continues for this entire week.

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January 8, 2011 – from Kenya

We are thirty minutes away from Karai as we travel back from our Tanzanian safari in the Serengeti.  It was an amazing four days.  While the first and last day were all travel, the two days of exploring the Serengeti were amazing beyond words. We certainly will try to share the excitement of the trip with words and pictures, but nothing will fully recreate the experience.  Fortunately, the memories will be burned well into our minds for years to come.  We’ll be back to sharing about the kids and the project sometime on Sunday.  Blessings!

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