Diane Greenwood

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Sabbath School, Markets, Lake Nakuru, Tracy’s Birthday, Nairobi

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

Closeup Rhino

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!

Baboon

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. 

12 Comments

  • Reply Warren & Judith |

    And so the adventure continues. Keep very safe on the next part of your journey. We watch with interest and excitement.

    Love Mum & Dad G

  • Reply Mom |

    Hello my girl
    Yes, the next part is about to start, go well and we too await your next entry on your amazing blog and pray for your constant care and safety. You are counting the days to get back to Oz – I’m counting the days till I see you in Cape Town – only 24!!!
    How much you will learn in that time, can’t wait to hear all about it.
    Lots of love mom xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

  • Reply Brian Clarkson |

    Thank you so much Diane for this blog (& Jason, Kat & Rebecca for theirs). Thank you for taking the "extra" time to keep them so up to date. No doubt that has not been easy.

    It has been a great joy for me to share some of your doings in this way and I am so delighted at all you have collectively been able to contribute, and share with so many others (not only where you are but at GWUC, etc.), during your visit.

    Thanks too Nikki for being the inspiration for all this.

    Keep up the good work and God Bless,

    Brian Clarkson

  • Reply Diane |

    Thanks Warren, Judith, Mom and Brian for your well wishes and prayers. Yes it was hard to leave and I can’t believe that it has been so quick. I will be looking after myself and will continue to post (and watch the rest of GWUC) journey through this next month or two.

    Brian, you are so right about Nikki being the inspiration for all of us to get up and get out here to this beautiful country. It means so much for me to be here with her and we will continue to do God’s work when we come home. Thanks so much for reading and I hope that it means we can continue the conversations when we get home.

  • Reply Bec |

    Hi Di!
    Thank you so much for your wonderful updates of the incredible work you have all been doing over there! I love reading your blog and looking at the fantastic photography. Good luck on the rest of your adventure! I pray that you keep safe, inspired and motivated.
    Bec Weterings :)

  • Reply Princess |

    I am home safe n sound.. along with my lovely little african flu! mmm yum! flight was hell but the plane didnt go down so thats always good.
    miss you and look forward to following your diary now to see your next adventure.
    that photo of me at tracy birthday is a real winner. i should enlarge it i am hot (yes i am lyng)
    kiss kiss
    Princess Rose Castle

  • Reply Anna |

    Hi Diane

    Sharni sent me the link to your blog and I have just finished looking through your Africa entries. It sounds like you are having an amazing trip and you have some wonderful photos posted.

    Anna

  • Reply Eva |

    Hi Diane,
    Your parents gave me the address to your blog…I was wondering how you trip was going. Good to see that you are enjoying your time over there :)

    You are doing some amazing work….you are a very brave and courageous lady. Your photos are amazing and so beautiful!!!!

    Enjoy the next part of your trip…stay safe.
    Eva xo

  • Reply Lyn |

    (We’re not really HOME from OUR holiday but HAD to come home to check the BLOGS and do a few mundane things like shopping, washing and checking the garden).

    Thanks for your continued NEWS and PICTURES (each worth a 1000words) to help us understand some of what you are doing.
    Love seeing the animals and also each of you in turn, usually with smiling faces.
    Blessing to you all.

    Lyn

  • Reply Leather Jane |

    Hey Di!

    I knew you went to Africa to do all the great things but I didn’t know it included outlooks for Baboons and DikDiks I thought you had enough of that!! ahah

    Have a wonderful time!! and put up more photos!!

    LJ…. aka…. the real G.

  • Reply /Elsa Phillips |

    Hello Di,
    We do miss your updates now you’re in Uganda. Russell keeps us up to date with the happenings there and, even though its tough at times, you’re doing so well in sharing your time, skills and love with other people in the world.
    We look forward to seeing more photos from you and, more importantly, seeing you for real when you return!! You’ll see Mum first in Cape Town and she is so looking forward to that hello hug.
    Keep up the fantastic missioning. All love, Dad & Mum xxxx

  • Reply Ame |

    Hi Di!

    I was away for a few days so jumped straight back onto the net to look at your blog and see how you were going. I love the photos of the wildlife, and the one lone tree-reminds me of the forbidden tree in the garden of Eden. Not that I’ve seen it, but that picture sums up what I imagine it would be like!

    Lots of love and prayers
    Ame

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