Yesterday morning we headed to the Tuigoin Church of Christ for a cluster service. We took a car with two other women from the Sang’alo Church because it was an hour car ride away. This was probably our first true cluster meeting. We arrived around 11:20, which was earlier than most people. The service started around 11:50 (I think they started it because the Americans were here haha) although many people were still not there. Throughout the service more and more people came in, and you could see by the expression on their faces that they did not expect to have wzungus at church J. Finally a bunch of children sat in front of us, but I highly doubt they heard any of the service because they were staring at us the whole time. I mean, we are used to being stared at, but most people in Sang’alo are used to us so it isn’t as severe. I had forgotten what it is really like to be stared at until yesterday haha. The greatest part of the staring is that you can stare right back at them and it doesn’t phase them at all, they just keep staring. I should clarify that most of these children have never met a mzungu in their lifetime, so we were quite the spectacle.
After service we ate lunch and talked with the teens for a while. They were all very nice and asked us to sing a song with them, so of course we did. They were the most youth we had seen at a Church of Christ since being here. It was actually really encouraging to see all of them praising God. They of course couldn’t help but ask about the U.S. and differences between it and Kenya. One of the funniest questions we got was “what would happen to your skin if you didn’t bathe?” Evidently they wanted to know if our skin changes color if we don’t shower…and maybe it eventually would if we left all the dirt on it haha, but we told them we would just smell really bad if we didn’t bathe haha J.
Eventually the little ones started crowding in again—the teens got away fast (maybe they knew what was about to happen). The kids started playing with our hair and then touching our skin, especially our faces so we’ll all probably break out from it J. They were very intrigued by our skin and the fact that we have hair on our arms…what a phenomenon! They were interested in our piercings, bracelets, and watches—anything and everything! We were like the main attraction at a zoo.
The best part about the whole day was when we left the Tuigoin Church of Christ. The kids went crazy…like little teeny bopper girls after Justin Bieber. Katy and Abbie made it into the car before I did, and some of the kids instantly started trying to crawl in the car. The kids outside with me kept shaking my hand over and over again. I had a few more hands to my face…they had to get one last feel in haha. Eventually our driver told the kids to back up so I could climb into the car. Finally the doors were shut and we drove away. Never in my life have I felt more like a celebrity. I totally expect this to occur when I get back to the U.S. J.