|Meditating on sharing the "dala"....|
My least favorite part was the snake exhibit and the most boring were the fish tanks. The snakes of Kenya are nothing short of nasty and if you are bitten by a black mamba you have an hour to say your good byes. My favorite part was the little sleeping 5 month old baby boy asleep on the floor while his mama sold necklaces and other kenyan trinkets. He wasn't part of the exhibit but he was beautiful. But what african child isn't?
After the tour we headed for Lake Victoria and ate lunch by the lake at a fish restaurant. I never really enjoyed fish in the states unless it was covered with many herbs and much butter, or breaded and slapped between two pieces of buttery, toasted bread, oozing with tartar sauce. But the fish in Kisumu? Delicious! First you have to go choose your fish that's hanging on racks, find out the prices and give your order...
(Ken & Kathy - you would love the "Filapia" over here!) ;-)
We took our teacher and his family back to his home area afterwards and headed for Nakumatt to pick up a few groceries, where i met an obstetrics nurse from Cincinatti who is here for 6 months doing vaccine research. We had quite an interesting conversation and as we left with our brood of very dirty, tired little men i couldn't help but think how very blessed i am. And when we pass glue boys with their bottles of sniffing glue or those sad souls who are so very lost mentally and physically, wandering the streets of Kisumu with tattered clothing and filthy feet, i find my heart aching. I feel so small and helpless and right now the only thing i know to do is pray for them as we pass by on our way to our comfortable homes filled with loved ones. I wonder if i will ever feel i am doing "enough?" When i take that question and my frustration to Christ He continually gives me the same answer...."be faithful in the little things..."
|Wilberforce Akula our language teacher, and now friend.|
|Bethany -Wilberforce's youngest daughter is almost Emily's age.|
|Wilberforce & his wife Rose, daughter Bethany, and granddaughter Vivian.|
And so another week is over and tomorrow we once again head to church. I don't dread it like i did the first 3 months and to be honest, i know much of that is related to hormones. Hadassah's pregnancy was a hard one and now that i'm healed physically i'm amazed at how much more enthusiasm i have for life. I want to squeeze all the joy out of living that's possible because we never know our next valley. When i took care of my mother i realized that it gave me a deeper appreciation of life and family. It enriched my life, although at the time i didn't always think so. And so it is with Hadassah. She has given our life a deeper richness and the heartbreak of giving her up has given us a greater love for life and others, while giving a greater anticipation for eternity. The little pink blanket wrapped bit of humanity called Hadassah was truly a gift from a loving Heavenly Father.