Sue & Richard – postscript to our trip
So, after six fascinating weeks, our trip to Kenya is over. Our last day in Nairobi was spent at the Kware Care Centre, with various Pamoja workers and sponsored children.
It was good to meet Stephen, the medical officer from the clinic at Endau. He is surely one of our unsung heroes, working alone as he does in a remote part of Eastern Kenya in an area where the needs are great and the resources are few. He has been doing this work for nearly six years now. Please pray for him, his wife and their young child as they serve the Lord in circumstances that few of us would wish to be in even for a short time.
Robert, who is partly supported by Pamoja, was also around. He has done a faithful work about 40 miles outside Nairobi for many years, caring for the needy and developing a school. Though now advancing in years, he remains one of life’s great enthusiasts: it was good to hear him speaking passionately about faith and life to the young people at the Care Centre.
For us, one of the really special times of this day was meeting James, one of the young people we have helped to sponsor. He has just finished Form School (equivalent to A Level standard) and is hoping to go on to a University course, depending on his grades. It is wonderful to know that he has done so well in school, but even more rewarding to
see what a fine young man he is developing into, firm in his faith and looking to serve others: he was off to help at a youth camp later in the week. James’ father deserted the family when he was still young, and his mother died, so without some external help his life chances would not have been great. Of course, there are no guarantees of ‘success’ when you sponsor a child – some take full advantage of the opportunities while others, for various reasons appear to fall by the wayside – but we can at least give them a chance (and who knows, even with those who do not make an immediate success of their sponsorship, what the long-term impact might be).
Now we’re back in UK, it’s quite hard to know what to say in a few words when people ask us ‘How was your trip?’ We did have to correct one person who thought we’d been on a cruise, though…. Stimulating, challenging, fun,and inspiring are some of the words that come to mind. Stimulating – our senses were bombarded with sights, sounds and smells that are all very different to ‘home’: you can’t help being changed by a few weeks in Kenya.
Challenging – our lives in UK are generally comfortable: the two small rooms we lived in for a month in Ahero took us out of our comfort zone, but as we visited various homes we were being reminded that even our living accommodation there was far far better than the places where many Kenyans are living. What to do? We can’t help them all…but maybe, with God’s help, we can do something for some. Fun – the memories of the crazy games day at the school, the music sessions when the children would simply not stop singing, and so many other happy times with people who have very few worldly goods but have joy in their hearts: those things will stay with us always. And inspiring – we met so many wonderful people who are faithfully serving God and loving the people around them who are in such need.
Are we inspired to go back? We have left a trunk of our possessions in Ahero, so maybe this blog will be continued at some point in 2016, God willing! In the meantime, don’t forget to look at the other pages on the Pamoja website for lots more information. But for now…So long, Farewell, Kwaheri, Oriti! Thank you for your interest, support and prayers.