June 2, 2017

June 2, 2017
Finally, the website loaded and I can write.  If you ever need a website for a blog or whatever, DO NOT use Yola.  It's horrible.  Loses my posts after I'm finished and sometimes refuses to open up when I have something to write.  I'm hoping Yola is reading my post and sees this!
Okay, now I feel better!
We've had a lot of things going on in the last few weeks.  One was seeing Rehema, the little girl that the team last August took on as a medical need.  Rehema was born with a twisted spine and a tumor on it. Her mother was not able to give her any care and after a few months was either going to abandon her or kill her (there are two different stories, and either could be true). Another woman took her and fled.  She has raised Rehema who is now around 7. This is a picture before the surgery that was funded by the team.

She's a very sweet girl, very shy.  She was taken to a hospital outside of Nairobi where the surgery was performed and is doing quite well.  Everything should be normal.

I have no idea why the brace looks like it's backwards.  But it's like that on both front and back. 

Then, last week, some of the smaller kids in the village were noticeably (not) in school.  They run out for a lollipop and when I say "school?", they say "uniform".  So, we bought 4 uniforms and shoes.  Three of the kids had jiggers and we had to treat them before they could wear shoes.  The brother and sister, Jamal and Margaret are being raised by their grandparents.  When we went to their house to talk to the grandmother, we found that the kids were sleeping in the cooking hut which was filthy, their mattresses were disgusting, and they slept with the dog and 2 cats.  Their feet were in bad condition.  Isabel, our house mother, scolded the grandmother and told her the kids were being neglected.  Grandma got mad.  We have to be careful in these situations, the people will forbid the children from talking to us or send them to another relative for a while.  We can get the village chief involved, should we need to, but that's down the road. Considering the condition of most of the huts, this was bad, but not that different than others.
Here's Jamal and Margaret who now have uniforms, jigger-free feet and sandals.


Another new student is Michelle, who is very familiar to all of our visitors.  She has been given several dresses over the years as she was always so tiny and cute.  I asked her to smile but had to take 5 pictures because she only smiled on half her face.  She was trying not to, but finally gave up.

Next is a picture of one of our boys, Alphonse.  He is a freshman (Form 1) who started in January (their school term) and out of 50 or so kids, has scored the highest, #1, of all.  We are very proud of him, He is a sweetheart, up every morning before the other boys, studying.  I told him I would put him on Facebook too.

His badges say "Champion in Chemistry, Form 1" and "Champion in Biology, Form 1"

We also visited the widow's group in Wiyeta.  They gave testimonies and appreciation for the houses, food, and blessings that have received.  Here are three of the mamas who had houses built for them.

The lady on the left had 18 children of which 11 lived.  Reminds me of the pioneer days when you birthed and raised a work force. 
All were very, very happy with their houses and repeatedly said so.

Another exciting week or three, here in the villages.  I am lucky....I love my job.

Kwaheri from Kipsaina,
Mama Lani

 

May 18, 2017

May 18, 2017
Yesterday was Widow's Day in Bwai.  We left Kitale early, way before any of the widows could have walked to the home  where we met.  So we stopped in the village center in Bwai to purchase some pans for the boy's home.  The large aluminum basins are used to cook large amounts of rice, maize or beans.  Feeding 15 boys requires large amounts of food.  So, we pulled up to a small shop, which just happened to have the basins, which they call sofarias.  As Coney is purchasing them, he notices the ...
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April 28, 2017

April 29, 2017
We're back! 
Arrived a week ago Friday, received 4 visitors on the next day Saturday, attended a special church service on Sunday, 2 more guests arrived on last Tuesday, and we also started a 4 day conference that same day.  It's Saturday again, we have church tomorrow and Monday morning, Coney and 3 pastors will be flying to Lodewar, on the northern border of Kenya, to have another conference. Two of our guests will stay with me and will meet with the widows on Tuesday.

Still with a  bit of je...
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September 1, 2016

September 1, 2016
Update on the church building:
It's almost done!  

Coney and the guys did an excellent job.  The bricks were made last year, fired and ready for construction.  The floor is still sawdust, as we ran out of time this trip.  But next year, the floor will be poured.  We started construction the third week of July.  It's been an amazing project to watch.

The team from the U.S. just left on Wednesday morning (our time).  7 women, 5 of them from our church, one from Tucson and one from Flagstaff, We ha...
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August 9, 2016

August 9, 2016
Today would have been my grandmother Mimi's 117th birthday.  I would have loved to have brought her here, she could identify with so much.  Not the large cities, but the villages that we work in.  Being born right before the turn of the century, she experienced more of a rural, farm life.  
The village we work in, Kipsaina is probably farther behind, in terms of progress, than my grandmothers time.  People still cook outside, their homes are not brick or block or even sheetrock, but mostly mud...
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July 29, 2016

July 29, 2016
I haven't been diligent this trip, in publishing my blogs.  Well, actually, I have tried several times and the website that we use, Yola, has not been diligent in allowing me access.  It's frustrating to try over and over, to sign in and open it up, only to have it say "You are not connected to the internet".  Yet I am.  But the worst, is when I complete my entire blog, pictures and all, go to publish it and it disappears with a little box that says "Sorry".  
Extremely frustrating.
But tonight...
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July 2, 2016

July 2, 2016
One of our newest projects for the widows will be bringing water to those who are elderly or living in areas w/o much access to it.
For such a fertile land and one with over 100 inches of rain a year, most of our widows are w/o a daily water source.  Some villages have a well or spring, but it might have become fouled over the years.  Some live far from streams from which most people fetch their water.
After visiting one of the widows homes, we saw that she was using a water catchment system ma...
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June 13, 2016

June 13, 2016
It's wedding time!

This is Johnstone, one of the older boys from the orphanage, and his new wife, Linda.  Sunday, we had their wedding after church, to the surprise of everyone, and as usual, the entire congregation got into it like these were there own kids getting married.  It is wonderful how our people take every opportunity to rejoice over someone's happiness.  Coney announced, after the church service was over, that the wedding would take place and everyone started clapping, music was pl...
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May 27, 2016

May 27, 2016
We're getting ready to start our next seamstress class with Rose, our instructor, and five new students.  We just purchased the new machines.  We weren't prepared for this many students, but we are appreciative of the help we received from friends to acquire all five.

After our graduation last week, Rose explained to us that she was more than able to instruct each student we added and then told us that she herself had been blessed through helping the ladies and that she was able to rent the sm...
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May 22, 2016

May 22, 2016
You wouldn't believe the rain here!  Every day it has poured, some days it rained for over 2 hours.  The roads are terribly muddy, but I'm sure lovin' the weather!   My only problem is trying to get my wash dry.  It's hanging on the staircase railing and has been there for 2 days.  But I think I'll live.
Yesterday, the lady that asked us to start the sewing school at her tailoring shop last year, wanted a graduation party for the 3 women that completed the courses. Now, tailoring shop is a loo...
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