January 4, 2011 – from Kenya

We’re off to on a safari to Tanzania and the Serengeti at 5 a.m. on Wednesday morning.  We’ll be back Saturday night; so I have no idea if we’ll have the ability to post pictures and updates during the rest of this week…

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January 3, 2011 – from Kenya

Sunday is usually reserved for worship, food, drink, socializing, futball, and rest.  Today was a bit different though as the kids go back to school tomorrow after five weeks away from their classrooms.While all of the normal activites took place, new school uniforms and new school shoes needed to be sorted and tried for size.  Several of the kids had the wrong sizes; so a late afternoon rushed trip to the school uniform shop in town was needed. The kids have new uniforms this year; some years they have needed to wear old uniforms, but our donor base is making it possible for these kids to move beyond their inherited poverty.  Thanks for joining us in this cause! -Kathy

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January 2, 2011 – from Kenya

Sunday is usually reserved for worship, food, drink, socializing, futball, and rest.  Today was a bit different though as the kids go back to school tomorrow after five weeks away from their classrooms.While all of the normal activites took place, new school uniforms and new school shoes needed to be sorted and tried for size.  Several of the kids had the wrong sizes; so a late afternoon rushed trip to the school uniform shop in town was needed. The kids have new uniforms this year; some years they have needed to wear old uniforms, but our donor base is making it possible for these kids to move beyond their inherited poverty.  Thanks for joining us in this cause!

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January 1, 2011 – from Kenya

We are definitely in the midst of a real cultural experience.  The really neat thing is that almost all the people speak English so communication is not a barrier.  The director of the safe house and his wife are educated people and have a really good grasp on life issues both here and globally. People here have a tremendous amount of time for each other and are never in a hurry.  When you see someone you know, wherever it is, you stop and talk with them.  This is a highly valued part of their life style. There are numerous churches and life is very spiritual – that is how they have such a positive attitude toward life, filled with hope, even though so poor.  The orphans are constantly asking God to bless us when they pray.  Awesome faith among these kids. We again have realized that God’s world is so big and so filled with different cultures and ways of life, and all are beautiful in His sight.  What an awesome God we serve. Yes, we will probably return here again someday, but his experience is not reserved for just us; so put it on your bucket list.  It will be money worth spending, and you will be treated royally!!! With our love to all, Mom-Mic

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December 31, 2010 – from Kenya

Looking forward to a bringing in the New Year with 32 orphan kids at midnight tonight!  Two of these kids were not with us last year, and they certainly have plenty of reason to celebrate as life has gained stability, and they are being loved.  We invite you to celebrate there lives tonight along with a new year rolling us into the future. The outhouse in the futball field blew over a few months ago, and today a group of boys covered the cement pad.  While it’s far from level, at least shins will no longer make contact with the big slab in the field as we chase after the ball. Andy has been out with our guys from here for much of the day.  We’re going to increase our ability to catch rainwater from the safe house roof.  At this time, about half of it isn’t caught. With some good workmanship, we should be able to catch nearly 100%of that precious water. Tomorrow will be a day of celebrating the new year with the community and the orphan kids.  Throwing a party every year is one way that we try to maintain good relations with our neighbors who have very little. Happy New Year from Karai, Kenya! Randy

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