So I Married a Matatu Driver

So I decided that I (Jessica) would give Jamie a break and update you on what has been going on.  I let Jamie do the posting most of the time because he is a much more detailed person than I am.  I am a to the point kind of person and tend to leave out the fun details and creative story telling that Jamie does so well.

This past Saturday Jamie and I went to deliver food to Ruai School again (see previous post).  Jamie began this in January and it is our hope that we are going to be able to continue doing this on a monthly basis.  We didn’t hear from the Pastor until late Friday night about how much food they needed, so we had to pick up all of the food early Saturday morning.  Luckily, we were able to pick up the maize (180kgs) in a nearby village called Gaiche, but to buy a 90kg bag of beans proved to be a bit more difficult.  The only place to get such a bag on such short notice is from a supplier downtown.  Downtown Nairobi has some of the craziest traffic I have ever seen.  Jamie, being the awesome driver that he is, navigated the streets with ease while I was in the passenger seat with knots in my stomach stressing out the whole time.  Did I mention that we were driving one of our school’s vans which look an awful lot like a matatu?  Because of this I have respectfully named Jamie my Matatu Driver!  After successfully locating the store that sold beans and making a stop to pick up some supplies for the school, we headed out to Ruai.  Pastor Joseph and his wife were very thankful to receive the food and school supplies and they treated us to a wonderful meal.  Before we left Pastor Joseph took us to a traditional Maasai village where we got to meet some of the kids who attend the school.  One of the mothers welcomed us inside her home.  Maasai are nomadic people that make a living raising livestock.  Because of this, most traditional Maasai homes are short (4 feet tall) huts made from a combination of mud, dung, grass and branches.  As we entered (bent over of course) there were hundreds of flies swarming on everything.  We found it difficult to not constantly swat at the flies, but since our hosts were used to them and didn’t seem to notice, we tried to not notice as well.  We have both been in Maasai homes before but not on a day as hot as this one, so we were surprised at the amount of flies that the heat brought into this small hut.   Most traditional Maasai live in the southern part of Kenya into Tanzania, so it was very surprising to visit a Maasai village so near our home.

We are so thankful for your support and for enabling us to help people like those at Ruai School.  We have recently been made aware of a couple more opportunities to help some churches and orphanages in Kenya so we will let you know more about that when we have more details.

Ok, I have to confess, I asked Jamie to go through and add some details.

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