Blogs from Kisii, Nyanza Province, Kenya, Africa


Africa » Kenya » Nyanza Province » Kisii May 31st 2012

As the gentle cool breezes flow I am reminded of the reason I came to Kenya. I came because of the children. I came to show them love. To give them hugs. I came to show them the Christ we speak about and lives inside of me. I think back to when I was a child. Do these chilren have the same experiences, the same adventures I had? No, I think not. While they think "Where will my next meal come from?" I knew. When they think of " Will I go to school tomorrow?" I knew. While they think "Will my momma and daddy be home tonight?" I knew. I had been assured that all was well. These children came from homes that were broken, starving, without medical care and without Christ for many of ... read more

Africa » Kenya » Nyanza Province » Kisii April 29th 2012

It started raining in late March, not alot but some every few days, now it is pouring! Downpours occur daily and you best be prepared. I learned that one day when I went to a friends house down the road and was on the back of a pik pik (motorcycle taxi). The driver stated "It is raining there" I said "I'll be ok I won't melt." Well let's just say that when I arrived at my friend's house, I was soaked! Glad I had placed a shawl in my bag! Last weekend the family I am staying with and 2 of the girls from the orphanage and I went to Homa Bay. Can I say "WOW". It was beautiful. Just to see what God made with his own hands was amazing. The cool water brushing up ... read more
Homa Bay on the Lake of Victoria
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Africa » Kenya » Nyanza Province » Kisii April 9th 2012

It's been a month today that I left the United States of America for the far western bush of Kenya in East Africa. I love it! I traveled far but the journey is worth the time here. I am in a place that is green, which it isn't green in Texas where I reside normally. Beautiful hills, livestock, and chickens galore!! Every time I hear a squawk I know there is another egg waiting to be hatched or eaten whatever the case may be! The orphanage where I am visiting sits on some beautiful land out in the bush, as the Kenyan people say. It sits on rolling, green hills as far as the eye can see. The sunsets are beautiful as you look out from where I sleep. Last night we had some rain and ... read more
Janet and Irene
Killion and the gang

Africa » Kenya » Nyanza Province » Kisii February 28th 2012

Just a few more days left in America. I am excited, nervous and unsure of what to expect. I have been to Kenya before, yes that is true, but this some how feels different. I am leaving my beloved pets, family and treasured friends for a whole new culture. Will I fit in? Will I do what I am made for? Will I?????? It feels as though I have electricity flowing thru my body at 12,000 miles per hour! Jambo!... read more

Africa » Kenya » Nyanza Province » Kisii February 11th 2012

Jambo! Jambo! Vi befinner oss naa i Kenya. I dag har vi kjort til et tettsted som heter Kisii. Her skal vi bare vere i en natt for saa aa kjore videre over grensen til Tanzania. I to dager har vi vert paa safari i Masa Mara. Det var helt fantastisk! Det var akkurat som aa vere i filmen Lovenes Konge. Vi saa giraffer, zebra, geopard, elefant, flodhest og ikke minst den majestetiske loven. Det var virkelig en opplevelese! Ogsaa naturen i seg selv var et syn! Et maal for denne turen er aa se "The Big Five". Vi har naa sett tre av de ( Love, elefant og boffel.) Vi mangler derfor leoparden og nesehornet som vi haaper aa se en av de neste dagene, saa vi kan krysse av dette paa check listen. I ... read more

Africa » Kenya » Nyanza Province » Kisii June 18th 2010

June 18, 2010 We are off today to Oyugis, Kenya to work in a village project with Hearts4Kenya. We are a small group from Thomas Jefferson Unitarian Church in Louisville, Ky., USA. This will be my third trip to Kenya, but first to Oyugis, which is near Kisii. Can anybody give me some information about the area? We are excited about our 3 week trip.... read more

Africa » Kenya » Nyanza Province » Kisii April 7th 2008

Hi all! This is a short one. I feel guilty hogging the one internet computer in this town, and a line has been waiting forever. I've been online for an hour and 15 minutes, and I know those waiting only want a few minutes each. Big news! Awendo has internet! This district headquarters town is just a few minutes from Ranen and only a 20 shilling ride. I am so thrilled! And now, I will be leaving, and only able to enjoy it a few times. There is only one computer, and it is a bit slow, but it's here, and demand will cause expansion. Some of the line has given up in disgust, but there is no posted limit, so...but I can't bear to have them watching me anymore. The other news is that my ... read more

Africa » Kenya » Nyanza Province » Kisii March 25th 2008

I'm trying another quick blog, since the power is still on, and the rains are pouring down outside. The much-awaited and delayed long rainy season has arrived! Due in February, the first big rain came about a week ago. Everyone is planting, or has recently planted, and the new seeds are getting a good soaking. Named the long rains because the rain really pours down, and lasts long enough to really soak things. What we would call rain, just a general everyday rain, does not count here. They only call it rain if it pours and soaks the ground. Well, the current rain qualifies. The downpour is torrential, and pounding on the metal roof. Conversations, even teacher's lectures in schools, are suspending until the roar subsides. Thankfully, I already had my seat in the computer place, ... read more

Africa » Kenya » Nyanza Province » Kisii March 25th 2008

Greetings all! This is my second attempt in two weeks to get this sent. Last week, power blackout, then today no connection. I waited it out, and hoping to get this off. Thanks for all the birthday wishes. Last week (actually on my birthday!) I read many of the emails, and had hoped to send out greetings to my birthday pals, but was unable to do all the technical issues here. So, to my several birthday pals, including Ro, Helen, and Jeanne - a belated Happy Birthday. Also, to my sister Shelley, if Jo sees this to pass on. Today I greet you from Migori, a town smaller and closer to Dago than Kisii. Much less hectic than Kisii, and I even found brown rice in a store here! Until now, had to go to Kisii, ... read more

Africa » Kenya » Nyanza Province » Kisii March 8th 2008

Greetings all! Time is flying by, yet I have no concept of time. Everyday is much the same here. Some days warmer or cooler, more sun or clouds, rain or not - but generally the same. Seasons are only marked by rain or not, and even those seasons are not reliable. Then, there is the time in a day. Even though I know that Africa time, especially in the rural areas, rules the day, I can’t help but hope each day that we will actually get to a place at the scheduled time (or at least within one hour!), or that I will accomplish all that I would like to. Lately, I have displayed some frustration and crankiness, but am really trying to be patient. In addition to several local support groups (self-help groups with income-generating ... read more

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