This past week, we held two Water with Blessings trainings, made home visits to the mamas who received a water filter a year ago, and gave away mattresses on Mission Saturday to orphans at Manga and Gekano. The picture is of three young girls enrolled in the orphan education program who were having fun with one of their new mattresses. The children were happy to receive the mattresses as part of their Christmas gift.
This past week we made a trip to Kisumu, made home visits and held follow ups for the Water with Blessings program, finished up the awarding of heifer and housing applicants, gave away mattresses at Mission Saturday and made numerous trips to the new shamba to take in and take pictures of the progress being made. It was a busy week! The photo was taken on one of our home visits. The mama wanted to give us sugar cane but had to slice it into smaller pieces with her panga (machete) in order for it to fit into the car!
We continue to work with the women for the Water with Blessings program doing follow ups and this week gave 23 blankets to women who came to five of the six follow ups. The women were most grateful for the gift. We also received a truckload of 250 mattresses that will be given out as part of the Christmas gift to the orphans in the coming weeks. It was another interesting week here at the Mission! The photo is of a baby that was seen here on the clinic grounds during Mission Saturday.
Another busy week here at the Mission. We held two Water with Blessings trainings, we took another orphan to the daktari (doctor), did our weekly chores including laundry in between short rains, cleaned the weedy flowerbeds along with a few other projects. Work continues at the new shamba with the barn and caretaker house almost done. Construction on the Mission house continues as well with all of the work done by hand so far - no machines. Fr. David's favorite saying "everyday is an adventure here" is so true!
Another interesting week here at the Mission. We held two Water with Blessings trainings at a village called Mongorisi. We also had follow ups and delivered water drums to nine women. Kathy drove in Kisii on Market Day and was pulled over by a "county official" and it was quite the experience! And finally the new shamba is taking shape - the caretaker house is close to completion, the barn is almost finished and this week, the foundation for the Mission house was started. The photo is of Agatha which was taken on the day her grandmother attended a WWB training.
This past week we put on a lot of miles. At the beginning of the week we made our first trip alone to Nairobi to go to Immigration for our National ID cards. We also delivered water barrels to the women in the Water with Blessings program and attended seven follow-ups. The photo was taken on one of our home visits. The woman's name is Rose and she is sitting in her nyumba (house) talking to us as she was peeling a potato.
Life at the Mission has been good and we keep busy with various projects and activities. The photo was taken on one of the visits made to the mama maji (water woman) where we check to see that the filter is still being used and cared for properly. The mtoto (child) is a one month old baby girl named Elvin.
We have had another busy week with something different everyday. We made visits for the Water with Blessings program giving away 210 liter water drums, conducting WWB follow-ups, taking orphan to the doctor and inspecting shambas for the Heifer and Housing Programs. The photos is of a little boy that came to a WWB follow-up with his grandmother, his guardian.
Another busy week with every day being an adventure! We held several Water with Blessings trainings and follow-ups this week. The new shamba is coming along nicely and we received almost six inches of rain this week. The photo is of a little girl from one of the WWB trainings at Nyantaro.
Another busy and interesting week here at the Mission! The new shamba is taking shape and the regular work of the Mission continues. The photo of the little girl was taken at a WWB training in Nyantaro on Wednesday. Her name is Janet and she is with her grandmother who is taking care of her and three other children.
Another busy week with various Mission activities including Water with Blessings, Mission Saturday and attending a matanga (funeral). The photo was taken at Nyanturago during a Water with Blessings follow-up. Her name is Agrapina and she takes care of five orphans - her grandchildren. She is a very cheerful and faith-filled woman.
Another busy and interesting week at the mission: Water with Blessings follow-ups, delivering of water drums to women, and watching the new shamba take shape are a few of the things done this past week. The photo is of James, a little boy who came with his grandmother to a WWB follow-up. Wes babysat James by showing him videos on his phone!
We arrived back at the mission this week after an uneventful (thankfully) journey of 8,000 miles. It was hard to leave friends and family but it was time to get back to the mission. We are most grateful for the opportunity to be home and now we go to work. In addition to WWB, Mission Saturday, the new shamba is being built so exciting times here at the mission.
Our time home has come to an end. We are scheduled to return to Kenya on September 17. We leave with many emotions as it is hard to say good-bye again to family and friends but we look forward to serving the orphans at the Mission doing our best to be the hands, feet, and voice of Christ for others. The photo is one of the many beautiful sunsets seen from our yard during our time home.