Tuesday, February 26, 2013

It is STEEP here!

When Grandpa D and Grandma D were here over Christmas, I asked them what seemed different than what I have been portraying on the blog. The first thing they said was that they were surprised by how steep it is here.

To get an idea of the steepness, consider this part of the map of RVA. Notice that we live across the street from one of the playing fields here, which has been a lot of fun. But just because we are across the street does not mean that we are at the same elevation.

First term I helped to coach junior high boys’ soccer. When practice was over I would put on my backpack and walk over to the side of the field where there are stairs that lead up to the road.

After climbing these stairs, I would walk down the road to our driveway. Part way up our drive I would then ascend the stairs that lead up to our house.

Needless to say, I was tired by the time I got home from practice.

Here is a photo of the back of our house showing the wall that is keeping the mountain from overtaking us. It is STEEP here!

Friday, February 1, 2013

Street Ministry in Mai Mahiu

One of the great things about teaching at Rift Valley Academy is all of the opportunities just outside of our gates.  On a recent Sunday morning I hopped in a car with a group of juniors who were going down to the valley to minister to some of the children in the town of Mai Mahiu – an outing they do every Sunday morning.

We got dropped off a couple of hundred yards from the tree where the church “service” is held to walk the rest of the way and by the time we got to the tree all of us were holding the hand of a child or two with more gathered around.  The students did a great job singing a few songs with the kids, acting out a Bible story, and then just hanging out and playing games with them.  It was a lot of fun to tag along and see yet another ministry of the RVA students.  

A local pastor who went along with us.

A girl caring for her younger sibling.

These kids loved to act like they were doing karate.