Browsing Archive: May, 2012

May 27

Posted by Tisa Walling on Monday, May 28, 2012, In : Lani's Blog 
We usually get to church on Sunday right at 11:00 a.m.  Sunday bible study is just about ending, and it's easiest to walk in without disrupting everything.  We had originally tried to come in the back door, where everyone else enters, but were persuaded to enter from the front door, where everyone is facing.  It's not a comfortable feeling for me, since we obviously have all eyes on us, but the assistant pastors apparently have been told to send us in that way.  African culture here is that p...

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May 25

Posted by Tisa Walling on Friday, May 25, 2012, In : Lani's Blog 
Today we visited Bondo, Kenya, to visit Ouya, the village of Fredrick, our administrator, where we are working on a well.  When the well is finished, it will allow the village members to have good water, near their village, and not have to scavenge for it every single day.  
We are so fortunate to have water at any time, and know that it's clean.  These villagers hunt for hours sometimes, bringing back water that is muddy and unhealthy.  The young girls of the family are usually the ones s...

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May 23

Posted by Tisa Walling on Wednesday, May 23, 2012, In : Lani's Blog 
Today was bible study with the widows. 
Last week we had about 75, but we had heard there were more coming this week.  They come from as far as 10 kilometers, and they all walk. 
When we arrived, I could hear them singing.  Some had been there for more than an hour, some still wouldn't show up for another hour, depending on distance.
As I talked with Richard, my interpreter, he said the widows were hungry, and some almost starving.  This is the time for planting, and in between seasons.  The rai...

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May 22

Posted by Tisa Walling on Tuesday, May 22, 2012, In : Lani's Blog 

Tuesday, May 22, on a lighter note.

 

Before I came to Kitale, my sister Vicki mentioned that she would like to know how everyday life was over here.  The things I did each day.

Most of it has to do with visiting the orphans, the 5 acre farm, and the widows. 

But there is a dark side I haven’t really talked about.  A creepy, crawly place where nightmares begin.  At least mine do.

Come with me now to the Twilight Zone….. of Bugs.

Bug Utopia.  The Bug Garden of Eden.  Bughalla.  Paradise Found fo...


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May 19

Posted by Tisa Walling on Saturday, May 19, 2012,
Thursday we picked up all the food for the boys home.  The bags are enormous.  The man in charge of the home, John, supplied us with a list of everything they needed, and we bought it all.  From maize corn to toothbrushes.  The look on his face was incredible, and made it all worth it. 
Friday, we met in town to do some legal transactions, registering our non-profit here in Africa.  We saw John, and asked how the boys responded to all the food.  He said they were so excited, and as they ate ...

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May 16

Posted by Tisa Walling on Thursday, May 17, 2012, In : Lani's Blog 
Today was an early start heading out to the 5 acres.  I am handling the drive better.  I actually keep my eyes open the entire trip.
 
We arrived at the boys home, to get their clothing sizes.  Some of the boys were in school, but some were waiting for us.  They were sitting outside, drinking hot chai tea, wearing worn out coats and beanies.  It had rained all night, and was quite chilly that early.  Of course, I'm in short sleeves and capris, hoping it gets even cooler. 
 
These boys, 18 of them...

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Lani's Blog- Mother's Day

Posted by Tisa Walling on Monday, May 14, 2012, In : Lani's Blog 
Sunday, May 13
Yesterday we bought 10 loaves of bread and 5 tubs of "Blue Bon" (Blue Bonnet, I think), 20 lbs of potatoes, and 20 lbs of beans, to take to the boys home.  Last week, we had dropped off 220 lbs of "seed potatoes" for planting on the farm, and then discovered that the boys were eating them.   Because of the 5 acre farm being located right next to the boys home, and assuming they were receiving food from it, we were unaware that they had very little.  It sort of shocks you when yo...

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Lani's Blog May 9

Posted by Tisa Walling on Thursday, May 10, 2012, In : Lani's Blog 

Today, we met with Pastor Sammy (the church we attend) and the widows of the surrounding areas about meeting on Wednesdays for a bible study.  We had 10 ladies show up at his house.  They walked from their own houses, in pouring rain, some more than a mile, on drenched, muddy roads, just to be there.  It was almost dinner time, so they had to postpone that also.  As everybody came in, it was a rainbow of colors with all their skirts, bandanas and scarfs.  They are truly a beautiful people. 
Th...

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Lani's Blog, Sunday May 6th, 2012

Posted by Tisa Walling on Sunday, May 6, 2012, In : Lani's Blog 
Sunday, May 6th
Today we traveled to a church about 15 kilometers away.  I still haven't figured out kilometers vs miles, nor have I gotten down the shilling vs dollars.  I need some sort of quick table in my head.
The road we drove on was unbelievable.  Imagine a paved 2 lane road, with jagged edges like jack-o-lantern teeth.  Some of those spaces come pretty far into the road, so it's a constant moving over, moving back, and avoiding potholes the diameter of truck tires.  Along the very edge ...

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Lani's Blog, Thursday May 3rd, 2012

Posted by Tisa Walling on Thursday, May 3, 2012, In : Lani's Blog 
Thursday, May 3
Well, today we were supposed to fly to a refugee camp on the Kenyan border, but the number of passenger was restricted, so we weren't able to go.  Fortunately, my new neighbors, who are missionaires from England, invited me to go to a Kitale school, Rafiki Primary School, and help with their community and school health program. 
Apparently, the sandy ground here is prone to chiggers, and the majority of the children attending the school, which runs nearly 1,000, have no shoes, b...

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Lani's Blog, Tuesday May 1st, 2012

Posted by Tisa Walling on Wednesday, May 2, 2012, In : Lani's Blog 
May 1, 2012
Today was spent walking at least 5 miles around farmland, hothouses, and the acreage at the boys home.  Since we are right on the equator, it was pretty warm,  Needless to say, I was bright red, sweating, wilting quickly and burnt to a crisp.  But what an opportunity we have here.  The orphanage is next to 5 acres that is run by the organization Love Mercy and the farms are incredible in the structure and thought put into them.  Rows of certain plants are intermingled with other pl...

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