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Friday, February 24, 2012

Life in Kenya

The past few weeks have been rather eventful! We apologize for the silence, but we hope that the Facebook photos have been entertaining and informative. Here are some highlights:

-We witnessed the baptism of Nicodemus, the 20-year-old son of Rosa, a woman from the Sangalo Church.

-The students who had gone home due to illness have now returned to Mariann. Those who were ill at school have recovered. Praise God!

-Several of the students and church members have invited us to their homes for delicious (and generous!) meals. We have just about sampled all of the culinary treats here in Kenya (ugali, chapati, samosa, mandazi, ndengu, chai, kitheri, etc.) We have hosted several families and the teachers by preparing American meals (tacos, pasta, and pancakes).

-Madame Caroline taught us how to make chapati. It has taken several attempts, but each batch seems to get better.

-We learned how to milk a cow!! It was much more difficult than we expected, but we are on our way to becoming true Nandi women. We also held a newborn lamb—it was so soft!

-The students had several exam days leading up to Visiting Day, when their families came to the school to tour, check on their progress, and love on them. It was so wonderful to meet them and watch them interact! The students were so proud and thrilled to introduce us to their families.

-Laura, Ashley, and I have quite a bit of preaching under our belts! We are in the middle of preaching about the ministry of Jesus to the students. So far, we have shared some of our favorite parables (The Unmerciful Servant, The Pharisee and the Tax Collector, and The Lost Sheep) and miracles (Jesus Feeds the 5,000, Heals Ten Lepers, Heals the Blind Man).

-To celebrate Valentine’s Day, the students made valentines in Creative Arts. We passed out lollipops, including Obama Pops (yes, his photo was on each wrapper).

-The students had their first athletic competition against another school. Boys and girls played volleyball, football, and netball all in one day! I had flashbacks to marathon track meets. Kenyans can get pretty worked up during a football game; but it was practically silent during the volleyball game, except for the crazy Americans yelling.

-Laura and I have started running every morning, which has been wonderful! Many mornings, we have about 7 or 8 young children running alongside us. We’ll have a running club in no time! We have also started doing Pilates with the girls. They get such a kick out of it!

-We have received so many wonderful letters, cards, and packages. We cannot thank you all enough for your thoughtfulness and support.

Please keep the prayers coming! We feel God at work here at Mariann and in our lives! We love you all!

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