Browsing Archive: June, 2012

June 30

Posted by Tisa Walling on Saturday, June 30, 2012,

Yesterday, while out at the boy’s home, we found that one of the smaller boys had scratched his foot and was in need of a visit to hospital for a tetanus shot.  Tetanus here is not to be ignored.  People die constantly of something totally preventable, yet have no money for the visit to a clinic or the shot.  Here tetanus is called pepopundo, which basically means “devils of the donkey”.   Donkeys are in large supply, used mostly for plowing, carrying goods, and pulling small wagons.  T...


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Wednesday, June 27

Posted by Tisa Walling on Saturday, June 30, 2012,

Today was another bible study with the widows.   We studied the famous widow, Naomi, in the book of Ruth.  Not only was she a widow, but lost both of her married sons.                                                                               These women could relate.  I always have them talk afterwards, and you would not believe how many mentioned their losses.  But they had lost more sons, or homes along with their husbands, or their sons had abandoned them, or worse.  And these ladies...


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Sunday, June 17

Posted by Tisa Walling on Monday, June 18, 2012, In : Lani's Blog 
This will be short, I just have to relate another interesting moment in my Kenya life.
We had church today.  I know I have mentioned how beautiful the congregation sings, but I just can't get over it.  Sometimes, it reminds me of "The Lion Sleeps Tonight".  Such wonderful harmony, and such a great rhythm. 
Everyone can move to the music, even the toddlers.  And I try so hard to blend in.  They do this little 2 step while they sing.  I can manage that, sort of.  But then, they start clapping to ...

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Saturday, June 16

Posted by Tisa Walling on Monday, June 18, 2012, In : Lani's Blog 
Finally, we were able to take the boys from the orphanage to the swimming pool.  It was a first for all of them, only having a creek or a pond to play in.  We had purchased swim shorts for them, and we had a whole day of fun scheduled.  Apparently, they hadn't slept much the night before, due to the excitement of a day away from their home.
These boys live in Kipsaina, which is a outlying village about 15 kilometers from Kitale.  I still haven't gotten the kilometer thing down.  Nor gasoline i...

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News Update

Posted by Tisa Walling on Thursday, June 14, 2012, In : Projects 
In the past 9 weeks, we have accomplished many things.  We have given 2 of the tomato greenhouses to the widow’s home, 125 women will be taking care of the hoeing, weeding, and harvesting.  We will plant and fertilize for them at a cost of $200 per month.  Every week we also provide the widow’s rice, or what is in season at each Wednesday bible study.  The price of the food is $125 per week.  Some of the widows have nothing, this food is a life-saver for them.  

We are in the process of cl...
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Saturday, June 9th

Posted by Tisa Walling on Sunday, June 10, 2012,
Saturday, June 9th
Habari.  (Translated it means, how do you see things?)  You respond, Mzuri (I see things well)
 
Before heading out to the boy's home, we picked up a couple of soccer balls and some meat for their dinner.  Meat, twice in one month.  A real rarity in their lives.
Last Tuesday, we bought shoes for all of them (18), with money donated from a friend of ours in Arizona.   She blessed us with enough to treat the village school and surrounding area for ringworm, chiggers, and de-wormi...

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Wednesday, June 6th

Posted by Tisa Walling on Wednesday, June 6, 2012, In : Lani's Blog 

Today was bible study with the widows.  We have been steadily growing since we started handing out bags of rice after the meetings.  We had 132 people today, which was up enough from last week that we ran out of rice.  One of the assistant pastors of the church ran up to the village store and purchased enough rice to give the last few ladies.  We have about 4 widowers that also come.  I'm not sure if its for the rice, the lesson or the eligible women, but I'm glad they are there.  Each and ev...

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June 1

Posted by Tisa Walling on Friday, June 1, 2012, In : Lani's Blog 
June 1, 2012
We spent Friday morning at the boy's home.  I am learning their names, and still get them confused, but they just laugh and correct me.  I went in to their dorm, to see what kind of shoes we are going to buy them, and the boys, who are a bit shy, are just standing around looking at me and giggling.  I asked John, the house dad, what they were talking about, and he said they hoped we were going to buy meat for them again.  It had been 2 weeks.  And, would we ever be able to take th...

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