Two of the national workers here at RVA are heavily involved with helping to establish a church at a nearby IDP camp - a camp for people who fled for their lives in the violence that followed the December 2007 election here in Kenya.
These two guys – John and John – are remarkable and not only help with the church, but they also feed close to 200 children from the camp each Sunday. What a privilege it was for me and a couple of others from RVA to go along with them to the IDP church one Sunday a little while back.
Church is held under a tree on the edge of a field. When we arrived, people were emerging from the camp carrying benches and chairs. A few others cleared the area of manure and even swept the ground with brooms made with dried grass.
As they were setting up, the children gathered together and stood in a tight group for Sunday school. A man led a short lesson about Adam and Eve as someone else showed pictures from a picture book – the one Sunday school resource that the camp owns.
The church service started with singing and dancing and then different groups of children and adults would go to the front to sing a song.
Then the rain started. As the rain picked up, people scrunched in tighter under the tree for some shelter. It was a nice soft rain with no wind, which I thought added to the service. This service was also the kickoff of a fundraising drive to erect a church building and the rain reminded everyone of why it is sometimes nice to meet inside. (By the way, if you want to contribute to their church building, let me know and I am sure we can find a way for you to do so.)
Toward the end of the service, the rain tapered off. As I was standing there, I happened to notice the shoes of the boy standing next to me. Most all of the kids had shoes, but many of them were not in good shape.
The next day I was sitting in our brief daily staff meeting at RVA when I heard sad news – a young girl from the IDP camp who was at the church service died that afternoon when she was run over by a truck. I can’t imagine the pain of a family who had to flee for their lives a few years ago to now lose their daughter tragically. Life can be harsh, particularly here in Africa.
Thursday, December 6, 2012
Back in America I practiced water conservation. With nine of us living in the house, adding 1.0GPM faucet aerators to the sinks reaped immediate and large benefits.
Wednesday, December 5, 2012
One World Run is an international 5K running event where runners run in their own location the world over to help benefit orphans from the AIDs epidemic. Someone here helped to organize the event at RVA and there were over 160 runners that finished the event plus a lot of people who did the 5K fun walk. Five of our kids ran the event and CrazyMom and the other two walked. Running a 5K on the sloping side of a mountain at 7200 feet is no easy task and it was great to see how well the kids did. Buddy finished 14th overall in the race and Ed finished 3rd in her age group. Here are some fun shots from the event.
|FG ready to run!|
|Ed, Miss Bookworm, and a friend.|
|Anna with her big sisters.|
|Where's Waldo? I don't know, but if you look closely you can find Miss Bookworm, Ed, and FG all in the pack somewhere.|
|Little Foot walking with CrazyMom. No, I did not intentionally cut off her head. :-)|
|These N guys made it a N+1 legged race.|
|Buddy looking to overtake the guys in front of him.|
|Buddy crossing the finishing line. 14th out of over 160 runners!|
|FG coming to the finish line.|
|KD finishing strong.|
Tuesday, December 4, 2012
One of the annual events here at Rift Valley Academy is the Pinewood Derby. Imagine trying to host an event with hundreds of cars made by students when the parents are not around. It is amazing to me that the woodshop teacher – along with an army of helpers – can pull this off. Four of our children made cars and K.D.’s car ended up being very fast. (I wish I could take some credit for this, but he built the entire thing at the woodshop without me.) K.D. won the speed award for his age group and he came in with the fourth fastest time out of all of the cars that raced that day. Very impressive!
|K.D. celebrating the first time his car went down the track and he won.|
|K.D. receiving his award from the Master Craftsman himself.|