So I have missed a bit. To be honest I am totally tired and just enjoying the time I have left here.
Sabbath – 2nd January 2010
It was Sabbath again and it was great to have Jason, Neil and Sarah playing some songs for us. We started with some songs lead by the band and then we got into the sermon. It was amazing at one point when I noticed Mwange (the little boy that we prayed for at our Christmas service) was there with his mum. He looked so much better and he was singing and smiling with his mum. Also something pretty special was that one of the visitors was asked to translate for us ‘mzungus’ (white persons). It was really good to be able to understand the service in Kiswahili. The message was “The Lord is our Shepard” – taken from Malachi, Isaiah, Romans and 1 Peter.
Alanee giving the children’s story – about the little baby birds
Mr. Pastor and the visitor giving the sermon
Sermon notes from Phillip
Mwange and his mother looking heaps better
After the service Neil and I headed into Nakuru as it was going to be the last time that I would be able to get to the markets before I leave. We went into town and priced some laminators for Rebecca, then we got some photo’s processed (photo’s of Mission 2 children for the book that we are making). Then we met up with some other volunteers (Katie, Nat and Luke) and we had lunch at Cathay Hotel with another Mwange. It was really nice and relaxing and then we went to the markets and got a few last things together before Neil got back for his dinner roster. All the others met us in at the market – some stayed for dinner and others came back to MIA.
Sunday – 3rd January 2010
So today was Tracy’s birthday. HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU, HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU! What a good day to be heading out to Lake Nakuru. The tour began with a little bit of a monkey moment from me – I retuned to the car while we were buying tickets to be ‘attacked’ by a ‘little’ monkey. I ran so fast, straight to Neil as I saw the monkey’s little chompers after my foot. Nat came to help me but also saw the chompers and ran! Thanks Nat!
We were so blessed with the animals that we saw and just had a really good time together. Although we were missing Nikki heaps as she was back to MIA having a ‘get well’ day. Praying for her speedy pickup before she also leaves (next Sunday!)
This is Rose and Bethany at 6am before the Safari, Bethany was knitting! Everyone else was stumbling out of bed for the early start
The sunrise at 6.30am as we drove out the driveway
Rhino with beautiful clouds
Neil and I at Baboon lookout
All of us at Baboon lookout
One of these trees is not like the other one, one of these trees is just not the same …
A Dik Dik, and I love the mohawk!
Buffalo – peeking out of the bushes
Lions – yay! – we were very lucky to see some lions in the open and also a lioness with her cubs on the rocks
A hawk on a cactus tree with amazing clouds
Family of giraffes
Family of Zebra’s and I love the little one!
Yay we got to see some Flamingos (and a Buffalo skull!)
After Lake Nakuru we drove up to Crater Menengai, then went for lunch in town at Gillani’s for Tracy’s Birthday. It was a great day.
Tracy’s Birthday Lunch
Monday – 4th January 2010
Yesterday I really didn’t do so much, I pottered around the mud hut getting my stuff ready cause it was my last day at MIA – that is right, it has almost been a month and the time has flown. I was busy washing my clothes (along with Kat, Jas, Tim, Ben, Peta, Luke and Nat who all are going on the Masai Mara trip). I did venture over to play with the children and take some last photo’s for Sarah. It was a sad day really and worship that night we all prayed and said our good byes. Too emotional – but I feel that this may not be the last time that I see these people. THANK YOU IVAN, MARY, SARAH, RACHEL and SARAH (MARTHA and ANISHA) for just making my time at MIA so wonderful. I will miss you guys.
This is Jacob and I having a last hug before bed on Monday Worship
Tuesday – 5th January 2010
This morning we got up early. Alanee, Rose and I were all going with Sarah, Mary, Mama Brenda into Nairobi. Sarah and I were both going to be leaving (Sarah back to Australia and me onto Uganda for the next part of my trip). Alanee and Rose were going with Mary to buy some fabrics to make curtains, dresses and cushions for MIA. Mama Brenda was coming with us as her son is in Kenyata Hospital in Nairobi undergoing Chemo for eye cancer.
The first stop was the hospital. I was pretty excited to see the hospitals here. We all walked in with Mama Brenda and we met Victory in Ward 9D West. Ah, I am not sure I can explain on the journal how this experience went. It will take me a while to get the image and the words out of my head. The doctor didn’t seem to positive and I can hope and pray that Mama Brenda did not understand all the english from the doctor explaining it to us. Victory was a great little kid and was so happy and amazing at sharing the stickers and lollies that we had given him with all the other boys in the ward.
On the way out unfortunately I was caught taking a photo of a corridor by the security guard. Not did I know you were not meant to take photo’s in Kenya hospitals (what are they trying to hide?). Anyway, it was a combination of shear panic and fear as we were walked to the Public Relations room to discuss my photo. When I showed my photo of the corridor and explained that I like the ‘natural light falling on the plant’ I was luckily able to leave and not cause lots of trouble. And remember that for the next trip – NO PHOTO’S IN THE HOSPITAL – YOU MAY END UP IN JAIL! Not a fun experience.
We spent the rest of the day in town shopping for fabrics. It went well although the traffic was very very hectic and in the end I now sit here in the Guest House in Nairobi with Rose in a bed next to me and Alanee and Mary in the room down the hall as it was too late for them to travel back to Nakuru.
Sarah will be flying home tonight and I pray for her safe travels and return to her hubby!
Neil, Nikki, Rebecca, Tracy, Bethany, Debbie, Tim are all probably having a quiet night at MIA as Jas, Kat, Tim, Peta, Ben, Nat and Luke left this morning for the Masai Trip. Hope all is well and I will be checking other blogs to make sure I keep up with their adventures.
Will post more when I am in Uganda.