First full day on the ground…

With previous trips, we have learned to take day #1 of any trip easy. In other words, we try to sleep in a bit. We take walks and explore the compound and the community rather than start with physical work of any sort. A slow first day allows our bodies time to rest and recover from the 25 hours of travel time it requires to reach Kenya from the States.  It also allows us to converse with our staff and the orphans — spending time on the important work of building relationships with them.

Several of us did not sleep long this morning though. Instead, we were wakened by the donkey’s crazy noise and the roosters around 5:00 a.m. We shared a cup of tea with the orphans as they were preparing for school, and then we accompanied them on their walk to school. The rest of the day consisted of introductions, checking out the handful of gardens we have growing on the grounds and in the community, and eating feasts for each meal of the day.

We concluded the day with devotions as the children introduced themselves formally, shared some of their hopes for life, and then sang and led us through a Bible passage and prayer. It was a good first day for the team, and tomorrow morning the adventure of a three day safari to the Masai Mara awaits.

Grace & Peace from Kenya.

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