Sue & Richard update Sunday 22nd November
We are safely back in Nairobi, enjoying a few slightly more relaxed days around the family as our time in Kenya draws to a close. Last Monday we went back to the care centre and the school for the last time to say our farewells (or ‘au revoirs’). We had a final singing session with some of the children who once more joined in with great enthusiasm, apart from one very small boy in the front row who had obviously had a long day and couldn’t keep his eyes open!
Please pray for the work of both the care centre and the school: there is so much that is good, yet there are also challenges, not least in finding more leaders of real integrity to support Erick and Millicent in the work that they do.
Tuesday brought more very heavy rain to the Ahero region, causing the river to burst its banks and flood many homes. Pamoja has already responded to this need by sending extra money so Erick and Millicent can give supplies to families (already living in extreme poverty) who will suffer even more hardship as a result of these floods.
We travelled back to Nairobi on Wednesday, bringing Millicent with us so she could first of all spend some time with her sister who lives in Nairobi, and also so she could be part of a meeting of all the Kenyan Pamoja leaders which is scheduled for tomorrow, Monday. Though the journey was long – 7 hours to cover just over 200 miles because of slow lorries, random speed bumps and generally heavy and unpredictable traffic – we were once again grateful to reach our destination safely.
Thursday and Friday felt very much like the days after the month before: we were very sleepy! Sheena (Sue’s sister in law and one of the Pamoja trustees from UK) and her aunt Jane, who has just taken over coordinating the Pamoja education programme, arrived here on Friday evening, and on Saturday we went back to the Kware care centre here in one of Nairobi’s slums to spend more time (and do some more music) with the children. Today the young people’s group that Sue’s family here organises is coming this afternoon for games and some Bible study, then tomorrow we go back to Kware for the Pamoja meeting, and it will be time to pack.
Thank you all for your interest, your thoughts and your prayers while we have been in Kenya. We have felt very much supported, and, whatever we have or have not been able to do, we have been very much blessed ourselves in spending time with some wonderful people who are faithfully trying to live out the Christian gospel. We have also very much missed our family and friends in UK, though, and are greatly looking forward to seeing you.
Thank you once again for all your support in so many ways. God has been so good to us.