That afternoon we had a traditional Thanksgiving lunch with several friends here in Nairobi. The next morning we traveled to the village of Kanja to visit Bishop Ayub and his family. Ayub has started a school for the community through his church, Emmanuel Worship Center. That weekend they were having a Harambee to raise funds for a new building for the school. Harambee is a swahili word which literally means “pull together,” but it also refers to a type of fundraising common in Kenya. The whole community comes together to contribute funds towards the project, and “special guests” are also invited. We were honored to serve as special guests and were joined by a Kenyan member of Parliament. The fund raiser was a success, but they still have a long way to go before they reach their goal. During the coming months we would love to get involved in a larger way with assisting Ayub with this project. We would love to be able to see the building completed as well as potentially assist the school in creating sustainability projects in the future. We will post updates soon.
We spent the weekend in Kanja with our friends Kevin and Summer Sneed. This is one of our favorite places in Kenya to be. The village is on the slopes of Mt. Kenya and the surrounding scenery is breathtaking….tea fields, waterfalls, mountains, forests….gorgeous. It is an extremely quiet and quaint spot, and a great get-away. Lucy, Ayub’s wife, took great care of us with a constant supply of chai and delicious food. Sophie had a blast greeting the many cows, donkeys, and chickens in the village, and of she of course loved the attention of the locals, who aren’t used to seeing blond headed white kids very often.
It was a busy Thanksgiving weekend but a rewarding one. We have so much to be thankful for. We are also thankful for those of you reading this that pray for us and contribute to our projects. The things we are able to accomplish would not be possible if it weren’t for you. So….Thank you, Asante, Niwega (Thank you in Kiembu…what is predominately spoken in Kanja). God Bless….