Not Safe For Work: The Final Entry

WARNING: The following blog entry is rated NSFW for violence, gore and sexuality.

After our amazing experience yesterday watching a lion kill a baby warthog, most of us expected that our final game ride this morning would be fun but a bit anticlimactic. Wow, were we wrong!

The first order of business was trying to find a leopard to complete our sighting of the Big Five. For game viewers, the Big Five—the most popular and difficult animals to see—are elephant, buffalo, rhino, lion and leopard. Of those, the rare and elusive leopard is the most difficult to find. Beginning at the crack of dawn at 6:30, our two vehicles went separate ways looking for a leopard. One of our cars succeeded in a brief sighting, but the cat melted into the brush too quickly for a photograph.

A few minutes later, both vehicles met at the site of jackals eating a freshly killed baby gazelle. (That’s the violence and gore part.) Hey, we had eggs and sausage for breakfast, too.

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Going our separate ways again, one of the cars came across a pair of ostriches who were interested in continuing the species. Ostriches have a brief but dramatic mating dance, which we were able to watch and video. (Yeah, that’s the sexuality part of the blog.)

At the very end of the ride, we were extremely lucky to spot yet another leopard, far off the road in the brush. This time both cars were able to see the leopard to chalk up the Big Five, although pictures were difficult, as is typical with leopards.

After a big breakfast, we left the safari camp and returned to Kijabe.

This is the last blog entry for our trip. Tomorrow we have a packing day at Kijabe, intended to give us time to get last-minute gifts, return things we’ve borrowed from people here and be sure our suitcases aren’t overweight. It’s a surprising amount of work to get organized for travel again. We’ll also spend some time reviewing some of the major themes of the course.

Friday morning we leave Kijabe at 9:30 our time, and the trip home will begin. See you all in a couple days!

Dave & Robin

We’re Not in Grantham Anymore

The roaring of the hippos and a friendly “Jambo!” accompanied by chai was just the start to an incredible day. We went out to the plains early in the morning before breakfast, came back for a couple meals and some pool time, and then went back out again for a couple of hours for more excitement.

In the morning, we came across cape buffalos, hyenas, and two male lions on the prowl. Near the end of our ride, we saw three lionesses with seven cubs playing! After we came back and had breakfast, we had a few hours of relaxation by the pool. Then we ate some more and headed back out to the African bush.

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Our second ride held even more excitement! We stumbled upon a very content cheetah, were surprised by elephants (big and small), and ended the ride with a lion hunt (don’t worry, there are still 13 people on this trip). The three lionesses strategically stationed themselves to trap a warthog family. When the warthogs began to run, one lioness chased them down, sinking its jaws into a small warthog’s neck. It was a kill! What an afternoon!

We ended our night with a dance led by some Masai men, an excellent opportunity to release some whoops and hollers.

Kwa heri!

David, Caleb, and Becca

When I was a Young Warthog

Hey everyone!

Don’t worry, we arrived safely at Masai Mara, but just to let you know, we don’t think anyone is going to be coming home! It is beautiful here!

We left the Moffat Guest House at 7:00 this morning and drove four hours with one stop at a mall (a Kenyan version of Walmart). We arrived at Fairmont Safari Club just in time for our three course lunch (which included dessert). We had a little bit of free time to get to know our neighbors . . . the hippos! Each tent is along the river and you can hear and watch the hippos from the front porch. Our tents are extremely high-end, which includes running water, a hot shower, and a toilet. Glamping is our new best friend!

At 3:30 we left for our first, out of four, safari trips. We were split into two land rovers and saw many amazing animals. Some of them included white rhinos, giraffes, zebras, dikdik, jackal, mongoose, topi, gazelle, warthogs (AKA Pumba) and so on. Fun facts: There are only two white rhinos in the entire game park, and they have their own personal armed body guards (don’t worry, mom, we didn’t make the guards angry). Also the term “white rhino” originated from the word “wide” because they have wide mouths, but there was a pronunciation mistake leading to the name “white” instead of “wide.”

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We are ending our amazing first day at Masai Mara with a fancy dinner in the dinning room with our new friends, the lizards. Check back tomorrow to see what new animals we find!

Megan and Kara

P.S. We are currently all trying to figure out the best way to become safari guides.

Sunday Funday!

Church starts late in Kenya! We attended Rift Valley Academy for their 11:15 a.m. service. This service was attended by the students and staff families. It was Titchie Sunday (children led worship). Multiple groups of children came up on stage to lead various songs and spoken word readings. The speaker was a RVA alum who currently has three children enrolled in the school. He spoke about what is “cool” in the world’s eyes compared to what is “cool” in God’s eyes. For example, ripped jeans, Will Smith, and mismatched socks may be famous to people, but justice, kindness, and following God with your whole heart are considered “cool” in God’s eyes. Overall, the speaker made many points that left us asking how we can please God.

The rest of our day consisted of card games, a trip to the dukas, photo shoots, and a debriefing session. We said a hard goodbye to Esther and Isaac who will soon be leaving to come to the states and raise support for their ministry in Kenya. We are continually thankful for their care, support, and hospitality impacting our experience. Make sure to ask us about them because they guided us through our journey here and showed us some important sights.

Tomorrow morning we are heading to Masai Mara for our safari! This hotel is said to be top star and we are all very excited for what is to come. Don’t worry about us, but we won’t have very reliable WiFi during this time. We’ll be excited to share pictures when we return!

Thanks for checking in!

Lindsay and Maddie

P.S. from David & Robin, the coleaders: As Lindsay and Maddie noted, for the next three days we will be on safari in the African bush. The hotel where we are staying does have wifi, but because of its remote location, it is slow and unreliable at best. We have other ways to communicate in the event of an emergency, but posting to the blog might be tricky. We’ll try to update, but if you don’t hear from us, we’re probably just fine.

Time to Work!

Today was out last day down in the valley. We spent the day at Lulu’s Place, where we got to spend more time with the boys and girls who live with RVF. While we were there the RVF staff put us to work. A few people helped prepare lunch, others helped dig 6 three-foot-deep, 20-inch-wide holes around the property for security light poles and others helped to prepare concrete. Digging the holes should have been easy, but since there were only three shovels we had to get creative using crowbars, jembes (like hoes), and plastic buckets. By lunchtime nearly everyone was covered in sweat and dirt.

After lunch with the kids and RVF staff, we prepared bags of food for family members of the kids who live with RVF. The mothers came to pick up the food, and we had the opportunity to pray for them and their families.

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Then the time came for us to say goodbye to the kids and the RVF staff. Saying goodbye was not easy, but we are all grateful for the time we had to spend with them and be involved in their ministry.

We are ending the night with another movie at Dan’s house. Tonight’s feature film is Animals Are Beautiful People and we think it may give a little bit more accurate description of the animals than the Lion King 🙂

Thanks for checking in!

  • Alli and Annalise

A Busy Afternoon

Hey everyone!

Today we had free morning with a busy afternoon.

It was a relaxing morning as many of us slept in. Later in the morning a group of us went and played some volleyball before the rain started. After that, we played some cards until Isaac and Esther arrived.

Once they arrived, we took a tour of CURE Children’s Hospital in Kijabe, which specializes in treating children with bone conditions such as clubfoot. We got to see the casting rooms, x-ray rooms, and how the prosthetics are made with the help of a 3D printer installed by Messiah College’s Collaboratory. Unlike what would happen in the U.S., we were also able to see the patients and talk with them all. Most of them were in recovery from a surgery. It was sad to see young kids with such serious conditions.

After the hospital visit we went up to our friend Dan’s house and spent some time talking with Isaac and Esther. Isaac shared a powerful story of his upbringing and why he focuses his ministry in Mai Mahiu. We got to ask them any questions we wanted about their lives, their culture, even bride prices. It was great to have the opportunity to talk with them on a deeper level. Many of us were touched by their story. Although today was low-key, tomorrow we are in for a full day of sports and games with the kids of RVF.

-Lauren and Kenzie

A Down Day

After several days of activities, our crew was getting pretty tired. Today was a day to catch our breath and try out some individual activities. Some of our group visited a college class for Kenyan students; one shadowed a physical therapist at the hospital wing for children with special physical needs; others took the opportunity to sleep in a bit. Later several visited the dukas (shops) to collect some souvenirs and gifts. Exactly what they found should probably remain a mystery for a few more days.

Robin and I grabbed chai, mandazis and samosas at Mama Chiku’s cafe. Mama Chiku’s is a long-standing institution at the dukas. Chai (Kenyan tea), mandazis (like donuts) and samosas (spicy meat pies) are popular favorites. Our midmorning snack set us back $1.70.

Later in the afternoon we spent time talking about the course readings (yes, this is a class, after all!) and watched a bit of a Moffat soccer game.

By the end of the day, most of us were feeling reenergized for the couple busy days ahead. Hard to believe the trip is half over already!

Dave & Robin

Picking Up Some Street Smarts

Today was a full day. We started it off with a delicious breakfast of chocolate chip pancakes, porridge, sausages, and fresh watermelon! Soon, we climbed into the vans and made the trek down to the Rift Valley Fellowship building in Maai Mahiu.

After we all gathered there, we headed out in groups to see what life on the streets is like for boys and girls. Immediately, we were hit with a tough sight as we saw a large drainage pipe that was used by young girls to sleep in. We then proceeded to walk around town and see other locations that would be used by the children to sleep and gather goods to sell. In particular, one group visited a small shelter that is smaller than a dorm room, but would hold forty plus children at night.

Later, the entire team traveled to a dump an hour’s walk from town where young boys would go to search for scraps of trash to find something to eat or anything valuable they could sell. We were led by a young RVF staff member named Joseph who grew up on the streets and had to visit the dump three times a week in order to survived. He went on to share that the boys would jump into the trash truck from Kijabe before it even reached the dump because it held the most valuable goods.

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Afterward, we traveled to a small gorge which would hold a tiny stream during the wet season that children would use to bathe.

The final portion of the afternoon was filled with a few visits to women living in the IDP camp. We spent time listening to their stories and praying for God’s continued provision.

We are ending the night with some lovely stargazing on a nearby soccer field with minimal light pollution. It should be a blast!

Good night from Caleb, Becca, and David

Does This Count as a Chapel Credit?

Hello everyone!

Today we began our day with our new friends at Moffat Bible College. We were able to sit in on chapel, and listen to Isaac speak to the students. We compared differences and similarities from the chapel here to Messiah’s chapel back home. Isaac ran a little long and just like Messiah students, the Moffat students were getting antsy (they don’t like their chai time to be cut short).

After that we ventured back down to RVF for lunch and to visit the IDP (Internally Displaced Person) camp. We split up into two groups and visited homes to listen to people’s stories. A lot of the people living in the camp were displaced due to tribal violence because of politics. These women and children have seen more than any of us would understand. Habitat for Humanity came in and built houses for the people living in the IDP camp, RVF helps people deal with the long-term effects of their experiences. They sit down with the people and listen to their stories, showing them that there is someone who cares about them. RVF walks with people for the long haul. In addition, RVF has helped some women from Maai Mahiu rent or purchase homes  from people who have moved out of the camps for various reasons. This allows the women to stay off the streets. There is a ravine close to the camp which  becomes extremely dangerous due to the fact that it floods quickly, but don’t worry, mom, it didn’t flood while we were there.

We got a special treat for dinner… we visited some Messiah alumni, including one who just happened to room with Dr. Dixon in college. We were served some very yummy Indian food, and brownies and ice cream for dessert. Of course we had to hear interesting stores about Dr. Dixon… and there were many stories to listen to.

We have all survived the first half of the trip and are loving the very warm weather (sorry to all of you in the freezing snow)!

Megan and Kara

Elephants, Giraffes, and Kenya! Oh my!

Today was a wild day. Literally. We headed towards the capital of Nairobi (the suburbs, don’t worry).  We were true tourists today as we visited Nairobi’s Elephant Orphanage. Many of us were overly enthusiastic about seeing and petting baby elephants, and our expectations were exceeded! We saw 29 elephants total, ranging from 8 months to 4 years of age. All of the elephants we saw were rescued from drought, poaching, or elephant traps. Without being rescued, they probably would have died in the wild, especially without their mothers. They will be released when they’re of age and ready to live without assistance.  When we were there, the elephants were rolling around in mud, spraying water, and covering themselves in dirt, but also getting some love from the tacky tourists. There was also a surprise appearance by a lion in the distance.

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After the elephants went back to their homes, we went to lunch at Mamba Village. Let us say that this place was high class! We had a four-course meal by the water and we were surrounded by beautiful restaurant scenery. Along with the classy restaurant, there were cats everywhere waiting for a bite to drop. With our full stomachs, we left and went to the Giraffe Center. There we were given pellets to feed the giraffes. We met 4 different giraffes and fed, petted, and kissed them.  All of the adventurous students put a pellet between their teeth and let the giraffes eat the pellets out of their mouths. Great pictures to follow! There was a pretty cool gift shop there where many souvenirs were purchased. There was an hour-long drive filled with lots of sightseeing back to our guest house. We even stopped at a small stand outside of Kijabe that was selling roasted corn. We all got to try it, and it’s very different than the roasted corn at home!

The rest of the night was spent having dinner, debriefing, and playing games. Thanks for checking in!

-Lindsay and Maddie

Higher, Jesus, Higher

Hi everyone! Today we had the opportunity to attend Rift Valley Fellowship’s church service. The service lasted a total of two and a half hours and included singing, testimonials and a sermon. At the beginning, our friend from RVF, Kezzia, led the congregation in African worship songs, like Higher, Jesus, Higher. Then, all guests were asked to come to the front and introduce themselves to the congregation. Next, one of the pastors asked if anyone from the congregation wanted to come to the front and lead worship. An RVF leader stood up and said that she wanted to sing with the Women of Courage. All the women went to the front and sang three songs while clapping, cheering, and dancing.

When they finished, our group was asked if we would sing for the church. With much hesitation, we went to the front and sang Mighty to Save and Here I am to Worship. We then rushed back to our seats to avoid being asked to sing another song. Then, four women who are a part of Women of Courage took turns sharing their testimonies. Kezzia led everyone in another song before the guest preacher shared his message on Matthew 7.

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After church, we were able to help serve the congregation lunch. RVF does this every week because many of their attendees do not know where their next meal is coming from. Additionally, we spent time getting to know the children while everyone was eating. After everyone was served food, we went to eat our own lunch at a restaurant called Java House. We are now back at the guest house enjoying a relaxing evening.

Thanks for staying updated on our journey!

~ Alli and Annalise

P.S. We saw our first zebras today! They were grazing on the side of the road as we drove by.

Saturdays are for Soccer and Sunburn

Hi everyone!  Today we started our day down near Mai Mahiu again! We went to Lulu Place, which is the dormitory for the young girls’ part of RVF school. It’s a safe area that keeps them away from the town at night. We met eight of the girls and sang worship songs in Swahili while we waited for the guys to get there.

An intense soccer game began once everyone got there. The game included girls and boys of all ages from eight to sixty-eight. There were also some volleyball and smaller games for those whose feet-eye coordination is not all that great. It’s much warmer down in the valley, and there wasn’t any shade, therefore, most of us got fried. We did actually put sunblock on, mom!

After the game ended, a group of local women from “Women of Courage” set up stations for items to sell. Women of Courage is an organization part of RVF that keeps women close together, praying for one another, supporting each other, and providing a means for them to make a living. The proceeds of the items go directly to the women and their families, so we’ve been saving our shillings specifically for their goods. All of their items are homemade and probably where a majority of your souvenirs came from!

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We went to Ubuntu for the second time and had a great lunch. We had wifi and tried to say hello, but most of you were asleep given it was 5 am your time.  On our agenda for tonight will be some popcorn and M&Ms (shoutout to Heather) and The Lion King. We are preparing ourselves for the safari since we know the animals will look JUST like that. Thanks for keeping up with our trip and for your continued prayers! We appreciate your encouragement, Mom-mom Grace!

~Lauren and Kenzie

Photo Credz: Kenz

Racking up the mileage

Two different activities rounded out today’s events. In the morning, we spent time at Rift Valley Academy, a school primarily for the children of missionaries across Africa. About 500 students attend the school, representing 30 different nationalities. After a tour of the campus and visiting chapel, we spent time with high school students thinking about college.  Our students found that they have a number of things in common with the students at RVA, including similar concerns about college life.

The rain held off in the afternoon, so we were able to visit the home of Martha and David, longtime friends of the Dixons. It was an opportunity to visit a more typical middle class home.  The students learned that parents here traditionally expect their children to care for them as they age.  David told our group that because they had spent their money on their children’s education, their children are providing for them now. The students noted that it is very different in American culture. We told them to start saving! Martha served us chai and carrot donuts, and David regaled us with stories and advice, just like any grandfather.

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RVA is near Moffat, where we’re staying, but Martha and David’s house is a bit outside of town, so we did quite a lot of walking up and down hills. Did we mention that the altitude here is about 7,000 feet above sea level, so we get winded pretty easily. We shared the road with lots of people, a few cars, some motorcycles, a troop of baboons (we were careful), cows, sheep and goats.

Dave & Robin

P.S. We got nominated to write today’s blog because we forgot to assign someone yesterday and everyone has had a turn now. Got to plan these things better!

The Amazing Mango Race

Today we engaged in some friendly competition to see who could find, buy, and prepare two mangos for eating. They were judged by the following categories: fastest time, best price, presentation, best tasting, and closest time estimate. Teams were randomly generated and then had to estimate how long it would take to perform the task. Once this had been accomplished, the race was on! After navigating through a troop of baboons, bartering with the Fruit Mamas, and learning to peel mangos, all groups made it to the finish line.

  • Fastest Time: Team 2 with 40 minutes
  • Best Price: Team 2 with 60 shillings for 2 mangos
  • Presentation: Team 1 with the mango flower
  • Best Tasting: Team 3 with the sweetest
  • Closest Time Estimate: Team 1 coming within 3 minutes of their prediction
    • Team key below

This activity was not only a team-building activity but also an opportunity to immerse ourselves in the local culture and gain an appreciation for the daily routine of our cooks at the Moffat Guest House. We encountered the expected gender roles of Kenyan culture (women do the work in the kitchen), the relational process of bartering, and the hesitation of the Kenyan judges in clearly defining winners and losers that contrasted sharply with our American comfort with competition.

After the mango race and lunch, we had the chance to get to know some of the students from Moffat Bible College. We were able to ask each other many questions and learn about the differences between their college and Messiah College. More or less, we compared cultures on a wide gamut of topics including bride price, divorce, homosexuality, school life, and faith.

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The day resulted in a beautiful mash-up of Western and Kenyan culture. For those writing, the day was one of the most educational yet!

With love,

Becca, David, & Caleb

P.S. The water was only off for a couple hours–we’re back in business now.

Team Key

  • Team 1: Lindsay, Becca, Megan, Maddie
  • Team 2: Kenzie, Caleb, Annalise
  • Team 3: Alli, David, Kara, Lauren
  • Team 4: Dr. and Mrs. Dixon

Monkeying Around

Mambo (hello) from here in Kijabe!

It is day four for us here, and we are loving every minute of it. This morning we were introduced to mandazi (which is similar to a doughnut or fried dough). Everyone had a full, well-rested night so that we were able to go out and see the station of Kijabe. We learned much about the wonderful place that we get to call home for these three weeks. We took a walk and were able to see three volcanos (dormant of course) just from one point. These volcanos are located in the longest rift in the world coming in at around 3,000 miles. We were able to venture out and see the original railroads that ran through Kijabe. Our last stop on the famous Kijabe Dixon tour was the missionary graveyard behind the Cure hospital. We all sought out to find the oldest grave there. Kara was the winner coming in with a grave of 1909. After that we were all beat, and it was time to take a lunch break consisting of rice, chapati (extremely delicious bread), goat stew, and fruit.

The rest of the afternoon we had time to explore the dukas (which are small shops) in a section of Kijabe near the Rift Valley Academy. The group was able to meet some of the local shop keepers and see their intricate craftsmanship (we hope you are on the list for souvenirs because they are pretty cool). After our time of exploring and shopping we headed back for a relaxing evening consisting of games, reading, homework 😦 and dinner prepared by our lovely hosts (shoutout to Jennifer and Leah).

Kwa heri (Goodbye),

From your lovely hosts on this journey of our day,

Kara and Megan

PS. We are rocking the Kenyan way of being flexible. We are practicing that by having good attitudes as the water is out for today.  Prayers that it comes back soon would be greatly appreciated.

PPS. Study these words for there may be a quiz later on!

The Adventure Continues

Today was another eventful day in Kenya.  We started off the day with a cup of chai, porridge, fried eggs, toast, and bananas.  After breakfast, we went back Maai Mahiu where we met more of the Rift Valley Fellowship team.  Luckily, the weather today was absolutely beautiful.  Even in the Valley, it was a little breezy with very livable temperatures.

Several groups made visits to women and children involved in the program.  These meetings were similar to yesterdays meetings but they were unique in their own way.  We took time to hear their needs and encourage and pray for them.  More specifically, a group met a women who was currently involved with prostitution to provide for her two children and support herself.  She detailed that she was not saved yet and needed more time to think about it.  To our surprise, she listened to our encouragement and accepted our prayers.

On the way to one of the houses that was visited, we saw a corn farm with corn kernels laid out on a large tarp.  The farmers were spreading out the corn with their feet to dry out the kernels.  Later the corn will be sold in the market place.

IMG_7733The RVF staff prepared lunch for us where we got to try a variety of local sodas including Stoney (ginger beer).  We got a little adventurous and we all tried goat meat!  As a whole, the group really liked it and we’re looking forward to trying more exotic dishes.  Along with the newness of trying goat meat, many of us also tried Kenyan bathroom facilities.  Oh what an adventure!  We’re looking forward to a relaxing night with debriefing about the new experiences we had today!

-Maddie and Lindsay

First day serving at Rift Valley Fellowship

Today was our first big adventure! We went down into Rift Valley to a town called Mai Mahiu, known for poverty and prostitution. There we were introduced to Isaac and Esther Karanja’s ministry, Rift Valley Fellowship (RVF). This nonprofit organization reaches out to the local community in a variety of ways. The organization functions as a church and provides a meal each week for the church attendees, hosts meetings for the community throughout the week, holds game days every Saturday for the children of the town. Additionally, RVF works to bring children off the streets of Mai Mahiu. It does this through providing housing, meals, and schooling for the children in hopes of guiding their life off of the streets of prostitution.

While we were there, we had the opportunity to visit some of the families who have children in the RVF program. During this time, we were able to get to know them, hear their stories, and pray for them. One group was asked to pray for rain because so many people need to the rain to survive. Despite the clear sky, clouds rolled in after lunch. While this was helpful to the town, we had to cut our visit short because the rain meant that our vans would not be able to make it back up the enormous rock and dirt hill to take us back to Kijabe. Afterwards, we had a relaxing afternoon with Chai Time at 4 p.m. as is typical for the Kenyan community.

Tomorrow we are heading back down to Rift Valley to serve in any way Isaac and Ester need us. Your prayers are appreciated as we continue on our journey. Check back tomorrow for another post!

~Alli and Annalise

(photos by Kenzie)

Day 1

Hello everyone!

Thank you for your patience and letting us get situated and rested. Today was our first full day in Kenya! We got to experience our first church service lasting about two hours. We attended the Kijabe Church and it was extremely welcoming and was actually in English! Every new person in the church had to introduce themselves and we got to listen to many different forms of worship including children’s choir, children’s orchestra, adult choirs filled with many locals. Many of the attendees of the church were a part of Rift Valley Academy which is a school/dormitory for American kids whose parents are missionaries throughout Africa.

After the church service, we were able to explore the area in which we are staying. The weather has been pretty nice and mild. It’s been a little windy but apparently that’s what Kijabe’s known for given it’s location. Where we are located is in the mountains about 7,000 ft. above sea level. There are tons of monkeys, unique landscape, and open fields. On one of those open fields, we found a volleyball net where we got to start some team bonding with all 11 of us and had a few fun competitions. Once we couldn’t handle volleyball anymore, Annalise introduced us to a game called Nuke ‘Em. We also got to meet Isaac and Esther who basically take care of us, make sure we are safe and help us plan out our itinerary and how we can be helpful to the community here. It was great getting to know them and very helpful to learn what is culturally acceptable here.

IMG_7593Overall, we had a good, rather relaxing day as many of us are still getting used to the time change. Please continue to keep us in your prayers. We will keep you posted!

~Kenzie and Lauren

(photos by Kenzie)

We made it!

Well, we arrived in Kenya with minimal problems. Everyone is exhausted, of course, but after a good night’s sleep, we should be good to go.

Regular blogging should start tomorrow, so be sure to check back. For now, we just wanted to let you know everyone arrived safely.

Almost time!

In less than two weeks, we’ll be in Kenya! Passports, visas and tickets are in hand. In the midst of Christmas festivities, a few of us have even started packing.

Bookmark this site to follow our travels during January. Our internet and phone access will be very limited most of the time, but our goal is to update this blog each day as an efficient way to keep everyone apprised of our activities. Each day one or two of the team members will be posting thoughts and pictures about what we’ve been doing. Following the blog should give you a pretty good overview of what we’re experiencing, learning and doing.

Of course, lots of events can impact our ability to post–power outages, network disruptions, occasionally even schedule changes may make us miss a day or two. So if we don’t post once in a  while, don’t panic–we’ll be back to our regularly scheduled blogging as soon as possible.

Dave & Robin Dixon (coleaders)