It has been a whirlwind time here. Groups are coming and going so I have been filling in where needed. The word for white person is “Ma-zun-gu” and we get called it so often here it doesn’t phase us anymore. Whenever we have a new person from Canada come, the whole team yells Mazungu! as a welcome. This week I am doing cooking, which is way better than digging holes!
This past weekend one of the older boy took us to the “cinema” (movie theater). We watched some Vin Diesel totally lame boy movie, it was full of unrealistic punches and motorbikes. Although we suffered through it, just watching a movie was a great reminder of home. Thankfully it was in English.
Also the past weekend it finally rained! All the young Canadians immediately ran outside screaming and cheering.
After the crowd of laughter had subsided we decided that football (soccer) and a shower in the rain was needed; unfortunately the kids never joined us. It was almost like all Kenyans are afraid of the rain, they will not leave any building or go out in the rain. Oh well, hopefully we can convince them to join us one day.
On sunday the main Mistress here (her name is Rose) sang a English song for us in church. To put this story into context – at any moment you will hear Rose or any of the kids singing or dancing. All the Kenyans laugh when the Canadians start to dance. So before she started singing she was encouraging everyone to sing and dance along. right before we started she said “some people are good at dancing with sticks. . .and some people should not dance” the whole church crowd bursted out laughing because they think we dance terribly. Our day off is sunday and we had some time to go to the local zoo, which was called the impala park. It was a nice walk through the park, we saw lions, hyenas, cheetah’s and I made friends with a giraffe. We got to feed the giraffe with branches of leaves and it would walk right up to us. It was magnificent, the coloring is like puzzle pieces interconnecting and flowing together.
We get to do a handful of fun activities but it is very busy here. Thus leaving hardly any time for devotions and worship. This has made it hard for me but I have had to learn to spend time with God in non traditional ways. One of our morning talks, my friend here began by reading matthew 28:18 (Therefore go and make disciples of all nations. Baptizing them in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit), and this word hit my heart. The Lord said that while I am here I will be baptizing people. I’m not sure if this is spiritually or physically but I’m open to either. Then two days later I opened a monthly encouragement note and the verse of the month was Matthew 28:18. I say that’s confirmation!
All in all it has been a good couple weeks. We are all finally settling in here and the kids enjoy laughing at anything we do. If there would be a few things to pray for it would be – health and spiritual presence. My favorite time here so far would be the evenings, the older kids stay up and try to get us to read swahili and play cards. Learning the culture from these youth is a blesssing in itself. They have come from such a hard life to laughing with us and enjoying every moment. Please send an ice machine!