Elijah Wachira Visit

Elijah Wachira, our Director of Kenya Matters on the African Continent, will be visiting with us for the next two weeks. Elijah is arriving today; so if you want to spend some time with him, check out his itinerary. He still has time for you! Thursday, June 28: Arrival at Gerald R. Ford @ approx. 1:30 p.m. – Rest Day Friday, June 29: Rest Day Saturday, June 30: Drive up to Evergreen Community Church Sunday, July 1: Elijah preaching @ Evergreen Community Church – two morning services Lunch: Evergreen – not sure of location… Dinner: Monday, July 2: Tuesday, July 3: Dinner @ Kurt & Lori Wilson Wednesday, July 4: Lunch: Jim & Claire Voetberg family & friends ~Celebrate the 4th. Take Elijah downtown Grand Rapids. Thursday, July 5: Friday, July 6: Mary Beth Oakley & Friends Saturday, July 7: 8:30-10:30 a.m. Board Meeting with Elijah 10:30-Noon Open Meeting with friends of Kenya Matters to get a report of past year Lunch @ Beyond: Filled – see Randy Sunday, July 8: Elijah preaching @ Spring Valley (Allendale) Lunch: With past & future Kenyan trip people (from Spring Valley) Beyond Lunch: Filled – See Randy Monday, July 9: Day spent with Jason & Dinner @ Anderson home Tuesday, July 10: Elijah flies out of Grand Rapids

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Dorcas Wachira visit to Michigan

Itinerary for Doras Wachira  — Sept. 30 till Oct. 4 Friday: Arrival on Delta flight 1742, 9:48 p.m. – Gerald R. Ford International Everyone is welcome to join us as we greet her at the airport. Saturday: 2 p.m. – Tea at the Anderson home * Email Jason if you want to join them. Jason@KenyaMatters.org 5-9 p.m. – BBQ reception at the home of Andy & Micki Buist [7833 48th Avenue, Hudsonville] ~ Take your own chairs. With good weather, we will be outdoors. Come & go as you please. Children are always welcome! Sunday: 10 a.m. – Spring Valley Church, Allendale, MI Dorcas sharing with Rob during the worship time 4:30 p.m. – Sharing at the home of Randy & Kathy Buist.  [3275 Bauer Road, Jenison] Food potluck. Take something to share if possible. If not possible, just show up.  We always have plenty of food & drink. Take your own chairs. With good weather, we will be outdoors. Come & go as you please. Children are always welcome! Monday: 6 p.m. – Dinner at the home of Kurt & Lori Wilson Email Lori if you want to join them. lori.de.wilson@gmail.com Tuesday: Departure on Delta flight 5823, 3:55 p.m. – Gerald R. Ford International

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Well Drilling Progress

August 23 WE HAVE WATER!!! The well volume is good too. One of the operators said, “This  volume is not for domestic use only. It can be used for industrial purposes.” The well is 260 meters deep, and the water level stabilized at 201.7 meters. The Well’s yield is 5000 liters of water per hour which is five  times more than our current water consumption (1000 liters per day)  including the animals. We hope the permanent pump will be installed this week.  After its installation, we will begin work on ways to utilize the water.  At this time we are still waiting on water quality reports, but early indications are very encouraging.  We’ll keep you updated as we progress. Saturday, May 21 The rig drilled to 148.2 meters on Saturday. More drilling on Monday… stay posted! May 19 Living Water International, Kenya division, reached to just past 100 meters on Thursday. Our extensive geological survey points to water being available at approximately 170 meters. We will continue to update you with the latest news on the drilling… check back often.

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Borehole – see the location via a short video!

Click on the following link to watch this video:  Borehole Location – April of 2011 http://www.kenyamatters.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/12/April-2011-Borehole.m4v

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April 13, 2011 – from Kenya

My time in Kenya came to an amazing close.  We have the drilling permit from the Kenya government in hand, and we have the contract with Living Water International, Kenya division, signed. We should expect drilling to begin within the next seven to ten days!

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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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