Blogs from Western Province, Kenya, Africa

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Africa » Kenya » Western Province June 12th 2014

12 June: Nairobi to Masai Mara, Kenya In the morning we were off early to Masai Mara for our first safari. We stopped along the way to go to the shopping centre for lunch foods for the next couple.We also enjoyed some wifi time. I was excited because being a celiac, it is sometimes hard to find food, but here I was able to find some flaxseed bread. Samantha and I bought ham and cheese to but on the flaxseed bread for me and tortillas for her. Wasn't too bad. Also, there was time so Samantha and I sat and had a warm lunch at the shopping centre. I ordered some nice fajitas with outs the tortillas and Samantha a burrito. Along the way we stopped to see the great Rift Valley and enjoyed a break ... read more
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Africa » Kenya » Western Province March 11th 2014

I am trying to keep up-to-date with this blog and couldn't find a way to continue the same blog entry, so here goes with a new entry. I was surprised and humbled in the process of exploring the website that I have up to forty readers. The hotel I had chosen turned out to suit us well. Booking was a complicated process as we had originally planned to take a half-day sarari on the 10th and Ben put me in touch with his friend Pastor Shadrack who does that sort of thing. I wanted to see lions with Shadrack (Remember the story of Daniel in the lions den?) but we had to cancel that because money was running low. Shadrack offered to renegotiate the hotel because Kenyans get special rates. That helped a bit but then ... read more

Africa » Kenya » Western Province March 9th 2014

Keeping up with this blog writing is a challenge, but maybe no-one is reading it so in that case it matters only to me. I want to complete it for my own satisfaction. On the 5th Ben and I set out quite early from Bumala for Kisumu,the third city of Kenya. It took about two hours in a bus which was one, or maybe two, up from a matatu. Quicker, but also had accommodation for my very large suitcase in which my few remaining possessions rattle around. Ben had arranged for a friend from Ahero, who has a taxi, to meet us and he was waiting. Off we went to Ben and Lillian s house and I met that charming lady. As they arrived from school I met their daughter Janny, nephew Sam, and Lillian s ... read more

Africa » Kenya » Western Province March 9th 2014

Yesterday, Saturday, it was time to move on for the final few days. Ben collected me from the Owitis home at 7a.m. Wiinnie was up to say goodbye and Peter and Meg from the staff had insisted on making me breakfast. The same taxi and Lillian and Janny inside. I had said that I wanted to take them all to Nairobi for the weekend. This would be our final time together since I have insisted that I am not going back to Kenya even though it and it's people are so wonderful. We caught the 8 o'clock bus on which we had booked. I was in the window seat on the same side as the driver. There was a great deal of road construction going on with many stretches of single lane with a shoulder. Gasoline ... read more

Africa » Kenya » Western Province March 7th 2014

This is coming late because of my bronchial cough and problems with Internet access. Thank you for your prayers, which have sustained me well. On Sunday Ben and Lillian came for me to go to their church, which is the one Ben grew up in in Bumala. We arrived late and were given seats just inside the door where there was a breeze. I was welcomed by the pastor but my voice was very weak. Ben translated. My impression was that women outnumbered men. They were dressed in long brightly coloured dresses with head coverings. The children came in and led the congregation in singing, clapping and dancing with great energy for a long time. The senior pastor and Ben spoke. The style is to shout and have the P.A. system turned way up. Then the ... read more

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Africa » Kenya » Western Province March 7th 2014

This was the day I feel the Lord has been leading us toward. The visit to Yogo on Saturday set the stage for the visit today by the YFT team to asess the potential of Bumala to be a YFT project in the future. The meeting was set for 10 o'clock and the borrowed church near the project site was full when the team arrived in their van. They were given seats across the front facing the congregation. First Fred, the chairman of the project, spoke a welcome. Then the groups, first the women then the men, introduced themselves and spoke about their work. Ben spoke about the needs of the community in terms of education and opportunity to break the cycle of poverty. Then the team responded in terms of what YFT can offer to ... read more

Africa » Kenya » Western Province March 3rd 2014

What a lot has happened since I last blogged that I want to tell you about, but it is challenging to get it out. This is the third time I have typed this. On Friday we had the dedication of the Bumala Vision Project. It was to begin at 10a.m.and I was to be collected at9:30. So at 9:10 I thought I would just rest for a moment and when I came to, it was 9:55! I rushed downstairs and Jonah was patiently waiting for me. We got a matatu and when we got to the site there were a few people there and they were starting to put up the tents to shade the guests! Chairs were then set up for 300, and still there were not many people other than the committee. The chairman ... read more

Africa » Kenya » Western Province March 3rd 2014

On Saturday I hired a taxi to take Ben,Lillian, George(an agricultural officer and a member of the Bumala committee),and me to visit the first YFT project which is at Yogo. This is not far from Bumala but the road has many rocks and holes, not to mention motorcyclists, which make it very slow. We went first to the home of Silas and Kimberly. Kimberly is from Ottawa and Silas from Yogo.After they married they spent several years in Ottawa and were part of the group which started YFT to address the poverty and starvation in Yogo. Now they live in Yogo and Silas is the coordinator for the YFT projects in Yogo and Seje. We also met Roland and Theresa, part of a YFT team from Osgoode currently at Yogo. Silas and Roland took us on ... read more

Africa » Kenya » Western Province February 27th 2014

I'm now on my third day in Bumala and the strangeness is beginning to disappear. I am staying in the Western Ambience Hotel which is a four storey structure right on the main street. It is modern but some things are not what you would expect. My room is at the back at the end of a long corridor with only one way out and only one stairwell which is not lit at night. The staff aure very helpful and are dealing with the problems in the room, Including a toilet which did not flush. And the phone and TV didn't work. Food is plentiful. I didn't come here to be pampered. It seems as if almost nobody in Bumala has a job and so they set up stalls at the roadside to sell whatever they ... read more

Africa » Kenya » Western Province February 25th 2014

What a lot has happened since my last blog! I am sitting in the Bumala Vision Cyber Shop which is the business Ben started to give him an income so that he can do the work with women that God has called him to. Beside me is a high school teacher who has come in to get something downloaded from the Internet for her class. We are in an area of little shops. There are lots of people on the streets. Trying to get things in order,the journey was long but uneventful except that the airport at Addis Ababa was completely chaotic. It was exotic too with some men and women in national dress. The transfer hall was lined with couches, all occupied. There was a queue about six or eight wide and 100 yards long ... read more




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