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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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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