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Week 1 Events, Kakamega

Wednesday, November 21st, 2007

So like i said prior, I visited a place called Kakamega. Now, one point of clarification before i start, when I say Kakamega, I could be referring to the Church OR the town. I’m sorry, it’s just habit now to refer to the chuch as Kakamega. I’ll attempt to utilize the term “church” but I make no promises.

So the Kakamega Church (see! told you I’d try) is loosely connected to my home church, Westside through work we’ve done with them and some financial help. Through that connection I am meeting up with these guys. I just stayed the night there and got back late the next afternoon (a bit before men’s bible study); and in that 25 hour period, a couple key events:

Trip Over to Kakamega
I was picked up late due to a mechanical issue with the car (break line finally broke) so I got to see first hand the Kenyan mechanic shop! or rather, lane. It was a street of old cars everywhere, people everywhere, parts strewn everywhere. Pretty awesome. Dr. George showed the bad peice and off the guys when on a quest to find the part. 20 or so minutes later we got the part, they haggled for a bit, I was able to pick up that they were fighting between 5 to 6 hundred shillings for the line (8-10 bucks); and ended up with a happy 550.

We also stopped by one of the guy’s parents or sisters house for some Chai and Ugali. Apparently Kenyan’s just drink a tea called Chai. No other flavors. In fact it was directly mentioned that he didn’t understand why so many flavors. Chai with a couple scoops of sugar is apparently the way to go. Ugali was pretty sweet though. Kind of a doughy, heavy bread that you squish in your hand and scoop up some boiled, spiced greens. First taste of authentic Kenyan food!! Then they brought out the milk; to which I was happy about. Sounded good at the time. Then they mentioned that I might not like it as it was fermented. Ever seen chewable milk? whoooooa there. While it actually didn’t taste too bad (I could stomach about half a cup) it was one of the more ‘odd’ things I’ve seen. Pretty stomach turning to a Westerner, seeing milk slop into your cup! hehe. Like I said though, tasted alright. Like a mix of plain, unsweetened yogurt with the consistency of watered down cottage cheese.

Simon’s Cell Group / Small Group:
Let me tell you, these African guys know to give an intro. When Simon introduced me to his cell group, I have to admit, I sounded pretty awesome! Hehe, just kidding… kinda. Seriously though, most of you know how I dislike being the center of attention but here I was crowded into a very small room with about 13 people where I was the center of attention; and then to have a pastor (Simon is one of the pastors at the church so he’s a practiced orator) talk about me or at least a solid minute. Can we say awkward? No worries though, I thought I made a pretty good comeback, err… introduction and thanks, when it was my turn to say something. I don’t remember what I said, but it’s one of those times where God helps me out because I was not only articulate but had a solid message/greeting. And you all again know that’s not me! That’s one thing I do love about missions, God always seems to be a little more obvious in the simple things. Maybe it’s that way normally, or maybe I just depend on Him less. but that’s some spiritual thoughts for later.

“African Shower”
Slept at Simon’s place. Nice house. But I found out later that their plumbing wasn’t fully finished. I actually started to suspect when told “We’ll make the preparations” when I accepted his offer of a shower. Huh? Preparations? His response to my look was a smile and something about experiencing an African Shower. About half an hour later I was led outside to their latrine/shower where one room had a hole in the ground (a good 40 feet deep) and some toilet paper; and the other room had a candle, a bucket of water (warm!! whooo hoo) and soap. So picture this if you dare! Me, bucknaked, crouching over a bucket of water holding soap. wait, actually I don’t know if I want you to picture that. Bucknaked crouched men are not the best to have dangling in ones cerebral cortex. …. hehe, sorry, I never stop when it starts to get inappropriate… and i love it…. anywhoo, I started to wash but cut it short when I got the water soapy and then realized that with soapy water it would be difficult to wash off the soap on my body. I made do with what I had and ended the shower. Next time, avoid the soap in the clean water. Note taken.

Detention Center
I posted a number of pictures that describe the place pretty well, check those out for visual and text. I got to give a couple speeches there; let’s hope I get good at this before God does the ol’ “push the bird out of the nest”.

And that’s roughly it for Kakamega! oh, and politically, Obama is from the area I guess, so everyone there want’s Obama to win. and yes, it was hard for me to “keep out of a political discussion” but I did it. aren’t you proud?

Upcoming Events!
Awesome Farmer’s Tan in the Making! Wait till you see how my sandle tan is turning out!
December 9th I get to give the Church sermon! my that’s getting close…..


More Information about Kenya

Thursday, November 8th, 2007

So I learned the following the other day:

I will be able to help out at multiple locations in Kenya.

The Farm. This is where I will spend a majority of my time. The people on the farm are working hard to try to make the farm self sustaining (as in the money it makes from goods, support it’s costs). Right now it still relies partly on donations from churches (like mine). They have multiple projects going on that involve things like: Methane Gas produces for houses (utilize cow manure to make gas. Apparently local kids deliver cow manure to houses for methane gas production. High Quality Goats Milk, the wife of the current “manager” down there is a horticulturist and produces specialized feed for their goats. And apparently goats milk helps alleviate a number of AIDS symptoms. I don’t know if the Farms special goat feed is primarily towards helping aids people or not. Irrigation, I guess the farm also attempts to utilize, cheap, never before seen in Africa, irrigation systems. Some kind of drip irrigation, I don’t know any details, but I’m assuming as it’s a 3rd world country it has a lot of ‘bang for it’s buck’ and is easy to repair and maintain.

Kakamenga: About 30 minutes north of the Farm in Miwani, there is a Church there that supports a number of humanitarian activities and is involved with the people at Miwani. The head pastor there has 3 boys (1 son, 2 son in laws) who all do a number of humanitarian activities. 1 son in kakamenga became the head of a boy’s detention center and totally revolutionized the place. Right now there are around 350 boys and I guess before he was head it was in pretty sorry conditions (the boys had worms, bed sores, were fed gruel, totally oliver twist). Presently I guess it’s a lot better and the boys are happy. Another son in Nairobi, works with orphans. I won’t interact with him too much as he is in Nairobi and is about an 8 hour bus ride from the Farm in Miwani. But he will meet me in Nairobi as that is where my plane lands and provide a place to stay for the night and get me to the bus the next morning.

I don’t know how accurate all of this is as I’m going off of memory from a meeting I had, but the general ideas should be correct and it looks like there is a lot of opportunities to really make a difference and help out. Should be good.

T-8 Days!