Okay … so I have not had access to the internet for a couple of days. Here we go …
Boxing Day – 26th
This day was actually the Sabbath for MIA and so we had a Christmas Service that MIA invited the community to. Having the gates open and letting the community in was an amazing feeling. Everyone from Glen Waverley was asked to help in the service and we led some songs and also sung for the service. It was a great day and the Christmas message really focused on the hope that Christians have when they believe in the birth of Christ. A special service that ended with a prayer for a very sick baby that we all pray/ed for to get well.
Anisha singing, Me on flute, Jason on Piano and Neil on Guitar – the Sabbath Christmas Band. We should also mention our Mandolin player Mary who was missing from this photo!
Our singers – Rebecca, Ben, Rosemary, Peta, Bethany, Nikki, Alanee, Kat and Anisha
The community at Church, filled to the brim
We then had a very big lunch where we fed everyone who came to the service. It was again a special moment when we saw lines of people eating. We saw Ivan and Mary greeting people from the village. Amazing day and thank you MIA for having such open doors in this place.
Tracey, Neil, Jason, Alanee, and Rebecca serving up lunch to everyone
This is on the steps of the salon/shop, all the visitors along with Ivan, Mary, Sarah, Rachel and Sarah. This is the total crew that spent Christmas together – thanks for a Christmas to remember!
Sunday Free Day – 27th
Today was a roster free day and so we headed into the markets in Nakuru and we spent the morning collecting little goodies. We had lunch at Gilani’s with Clinton, David and Samuel from the market. When we came back to MIA we spent the afternoon playing football. It was such a good day and spending time with each other was a time to catch up with what everyone had been doing.
Kat, Peta and I returning from Nakuru on motorbikes!
The football match under a rainbow
Jason going for a header!
Monday – 28th
Today was a great day! It was fantastic. It started with meeting with the Architect of Mission 2. We had a great discussion from the plans that we had last time. Ivan and Mary really know how these places run and it is so good to just chat through the planning. Thank for this opportunity and I hope that I am helping!
Nick the architect and I having a little meeting!
Then Rebecca, Alanee, Neil, Jason, Ben and I made our way to Mission 2. This place is a mission connected with MIA for some older kids. We were all able to play volley ball together, play football, play basketball and rugby. Rebecca and I did a puzzle with Joseph and Boyle and then we played card games with Margaret, Jacinta and Hannah. Alanee had an interesting game taught to her by some of the kids – a card game called AK47, Ace, King, 4 and 7 you can see Al grinning right now as she played right? It was just after some games we asked if there was a place to get some water. Dickens and Kevin took us on the most amazing tour of the town. As we walked up the dirt street we saw the life of the town just pottering away – donkeys on the side of the road, coal sellers, milk sellers and little stalls. On the way back we were taken to their school, Good Samaritan School, and they were so so proud of the place. Dickens told us about his schooling and he really is an amazing boy, coming from 3 years behind, now 2nd out of 500 …. WOW!
Volleyball – we stopped playing after we won 1 game! Ah natural talent.
Kamau with bubbles!
Flora and Rebecca reading a dinosaur book together
Joseph and Boyle with their finished puzzel
Playing duck-duck-goose with the littler children at Mission 2
Neil and Jason playing rugby
We came home and had dinner, followed by a service where the kids sang heaps of songs for us. Baba Matha gave us such a welcome with his address, saying that even by traveling across the world we were there to show these children that they are loved. I thought to myself, how much change can we do in one night in the place – and after that message I realised how much we can do by holding a had, or giving a hug, or looking into some eyes and just saying that they were loved.
We helped everyone to bed and hugged and was shown all their beds. Carol latched onto my hand and asked me to come with her. She took me to the managers room where there was a bench with medications, her HIV antivirals, and she took them as she held my hand tight. A moment I had to fight back tears :(
Today we awoke in time for breakfast (omelette and toast – YUM!). Then we took the children into the girls dorm and fitted them with shoes from MIA. For the children we did not have shoes for we measured their feet for us to collect shoes in town. For the rest of the morning we face painted, took their stories and photo’s, played cards, played basketball, drew with them, played puzzles and just laughed and played. These children are so special and cause they are a little older we were able to bond and talk about some really cool things, about their dreams and about their stories.
Alanee tracing a foot for sizing
Pauline and I trying on her shoes
Neil and Gloria with her new shoes
Rebecca gave Leah a note written on the Megasketcher we gave Mission 2
Dickens with his ‘pretty colourful’ horse
Pauline and her ‘neon’ butterfly
Darma and her butterfly
As the kids had lunch we thought we would duck into town and get the shoes we needed for the rest of the children. We also managed to get a pair of socks for each child as they currently do not own any – a pair for Sabbath we thought. We rushed home and handed out the shoes.
Neil and Alanee purchasing the shoes in town at Bata’s
MIA was there to pick us up when we got back as it was Peta’s 25th Birthday today and we were going to a restaurant to celebrate. We rushed into the cars saying our goodbyes to the beautiful people we had just met – in fact this was hard to do – in one day and we had done so much – and there was so much love. It was pretty sad to leave.
We had lunch at Maili Saba Restaurant. It was an amazing lunch and it was filled with laughter, food and chatter. We caught up and shared stories about the day that we had all spent apart. Peta was surprised with a birthday song from the chefs and the meal was great. Happy Birthday Peta! Hope you enjoyed your day.
Peta and the staff singing to her for her birthday
Alanee and Bethany waiting for their desserts
Neil and I with the ‘luxury tent’ accommodation offered at Maili Saba
We also caught the bikes home again from the corner – this time Neil came too!
We now sit in our little mud hut with it raining outside again. I miss my husband. Russell we will have many nights to talk about the things I have seen, but maybe just one day we can come back here and you can see it too Miss you.