Reaching out

Kajthum Posted by Kajiado Meta 2012 on Sun, 29 Jul 2012 | Bookmark: digg this Post this to Post this to Facebook

With only two days to go before the dedication, it’s all hands on deck to get everything looking presentable. Everyone is fairly pleased with the progress we have made thus far, with all the walls, window frames, and doors inside the church having received their final coat of paint and all the pews now completed. There is still some work to be done on the outside of the church and to the rafters inside, but with enough help, this shouldn’t pose too many problems. In fact, the biggest challenge is stopping oneself from admiring the view, for its incredibly hard with Mount Kilimanjaro sitting majestically in the background. That said, it’s a nice challenge to have and it certainly makes painting a less laborious job.

The tempting view clearly wasn’t a problem for our talented team joiner, George, and his new found apprentice, Jackie. Worried at first that they may not complete all 20 pews in time for the dedication, with a little faith and a big helping hand from two local carpenters (Ben and Joseph), they finished with time to spare and are now helping the rest of the team complete their tasks. That’s not to say George, Jackie, or any of us for that matter, haven’t encountered much frustration over the past several days, whether its relating to timber supplies or the quality of the paint, but we’re often told that God will provide the means to overcome any difficulties that we face, and so far, our trust in Him has paid off.

We only have to look to the provision of tractor parts as an example of this trust. Stanley was tasked with repairing and servicing a tractor for the community of Oltiasika and although one tractor may not seem that significant for many people in the western world, for a community like Oltiasika, it can quite literally mean the difference between life and death. The tractor in question is over 40 years old, and as a result, parts are not always easily found. However, with God’s help, we were able to locate the various essentials and Stanley is currently hard at work ensuring that the tractor operates for many years to come.

Other team members have also been involved with the local community in other ways. Several members (Heather, Stephen, Natalie, Cheryl, and Richard) visited a local school and although they were able to provide the school with some small gifts and sports equipment, they all believed they came away with so much more than what they were able to give. The children were clearly pleased to be there and eager to learn, in an environment which many teachers and students in the UK and Ireland would find unacceptable. Yet the children and teachers in the school made the most of what they had and made no complaints. For those that visited the school, it gave a whole new perspective on what is important in life.

In amongst all this have been several seminars held for the benefit of the local clergy, lay readers and mothers union. The seminars allowed those who attended (namely Canon Jim, Stephen M, Jen, and Oriel) to share their experiences and knowledge in order to help us all grow as individuals, as well as organisations, and are therefore important for the future of both communities.

All in all, the past few days have been very busy, but the rewards that we have taken from them cannot be underestimated. Physically, the church is near to completion and one last push will see it ready, but the spiritual and emotional aspect of the past several days have almost superseded the physical and there is no doubt that we have learned, and will continue to learn, from it.