Sorry I didn’t get my email out yesterday. After our visit to the Kibera Slums I was suddenly stricken with a high fever. My thought was that we would have to cancel our trip to visit a Maasai Church just outside of Narok, but at 6am, my fever broke and I was right as rain. Someone’s prayers reached the ears of God, Thank You!
Yesterday we journeyed into the Kibera Slums to visit our Children’s School and feeding center. For some reason the kids were especially cute and lively. Must be the presence of Danielle. Everywhere we go she is the main attraction with kids and adults alike. Her skin is very white and her hair very blond and her smile very inviting. Garth and Danielle have now visited all of our Worldcomp Kids about 700 in all. I know how it is. You just leave one place thinking “those are the sweetest and cutest kids in the world” and then you visit the next place. There has never been a person who has left Kenya with our leaving a piece of their heart. Thanks to the donations of some friends back home we were able to bless the school with about $400 worth of much needed school supplies. And we were able to give Mary, who runs the school $60 to get some medical attention. I think it is pneumonia! With each passing month The Kara Kibera Center grows in its effectiveness and outreach. It is now a school, a nourishment center, a church and a health facility. I can never say enough about John and Mary Idagiza and their daughters, Lydia and Lillian. Everyone of them is something special. They are passionate, wise, determined and articulate. They continue to be my heroes here in Kenya.
Today we made the drive to Narok to have a special worship time with the congregation of the Church in the Village Christian Center. This place and its pastor David Murda are very, very special to us. Each time we come we are embraced by a large group of Maasai, dressed in their colorful clothing and eager to fellowship with us. Pastor David is special to me because he reminds of Pastor Hosea Odwaro when he was a young man. Hosea died of Leukemia some 25 years ago and he was one of my best friends in this world. He looks like him, he acts like him and he has the same passion to reach his community. Danielle, Garth and Valerie got to visit a traditional Maasai home. They are called Manyatas. They are very small and dark inside, with sleeping quarters all around the edges. When the fire is lit the place is always filled with smoke. It is however a real experience to visit one. You know, sometimes you visit a place and you are gripped with a sense of purpose. You just know that this is a God connection. This is how I feel about this place. I am asking God to help me find the funding to build a community well in this place, which will serve the whole community. The Maasai women from this community walk, anywhere from 5 to ten miles a day, to get water. They leave in the morning and return just in time to fix dinner. Some of them have donkeys to carry their water jugs but most have to carry them on their heads. I know with all my heart that a community well in this place with bring hundreds of Maasai to the Lord. Please pray with me about this!
As we were about to leave we were looking for Danielle. There she was surrounded by a host of Maasai women. They were touching her and having such a good time.
We are about to head out to have dinner at Lucy Kamau’s house. We are so looking forward to this. It will be the first time we have been in her house since it was finished.