I leave for Kenya on Tuesday.
Of course when I go to Kenya, I always think about the movie, “Out of Africa,” because it was such a beautiful movie, and Kenya is such a beautiful place. I am sure to see some animals where I am going, and that is always thrilling.
Along with me, I will have a great team of people coming and I can’t wait to meet them all. Compassion is also sending a videographer with us, who will be capturing a very cool story that I can’t wait to tell you about. For now, I will just say it has to do with water, and providing clean water to a tribe of people who have lost many children to water born diseases. It’s also about high school kids who did something about it, and now get to see the results of their efforts. It’s going to be so cool!!
On this trip, we will be spending five days in the Great Rift Valley amongst a tribe of Masai. This particular tribe is first generation Christian, which means many of the families will still have situations of multiple wives, and a father may have 20 plus children.
Along with my Masai tribal experience, I will see my sweet Hannah. She is my Kenya Compassion child who I have met twice now. I love her. She is Masai too. She is shy but her letters and her spirit are brilliant. She writes such beautiful prayers. I am thrilled that I will have the opportunity to live in the middle of nowhere for a few days and get a better picture of her life. If you look up Narok on a map, you will see it’s just on the edge of the Masai Mara, where all the animals live and migrate. This is where I will stay.
Lately, my nights have been filled with dreams about travel. Sometimes I have crazy dreams about people missing flights, or that I left someone behind. Don’t worry; I haven’t ever left anyone behind (ok accept for the one time I left Isabel behind at home when she was 4 and I turned around in the van and screamed when her car seat was empty. Luckily I was only a block away). When I have these dreams, I wake up in a panic and my husband gets annoyed with me It’s funny what stress does to dreams.
I am getting myself prepared for a busy season of travel. Shortly after I get back from Kenya, I will turn around and go to the Dominican Republic. My family will be on that trip though, which will be so fun to minister together in Barahona.
I can’t even describe the feelings I have when I think about going to this edge of the world, where life is so different and nature takes on an entirely new meaning. I feel so blessed to have these opportunities.
On another note, saying goodbye to home is always hard. I love my family so much and I always miss them terribly. It’s the constant battle of my job. I would love your prayers. Any travel has risks too, and I am going a long way from home. It’s always hard on the heart, but God stays near, and He is always my favorite companion.
Much Love to you all as we journey along.
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