Jambo...

Kenya_commissioning_3 Posted by hakuna matata on Thu, 09 Jul 2009 | 33 comments | Bookmark: digg this Post this to del.icio.us Post this to Facebook

Jambo…

Last time we spoke we were still in N.I. but now we’re reporting from Kenya! All safe and well and loving Kajiado. Just so you know the internet connection isn’t great, but we’ll blog as often as we can.

So to fill you in quickly we arrived in Nairobi, after a long sleepless flight, around 9am, Ronnie and Maggie were waiting for us.

The first day was spent getting to know our new surroundings in Kajiado and meeting the Kenyan side of the team. Such a warm welcome, we felt right at home, with the blessings of the Bishop and his staff. We toured Kajiado town with the locals, sipping the newfound blackcurrant Fanta we discovered. By the time we got back, it was pitch black and we were ready for bed.

Day 2: We traveled to the Maasai Rural Training Centre in Isinya were Maggie & Ronnie live. We learnt the centres history, how they help the locals and about other similar organizations such as M.A.P (Maasai Aids Awareness Programme.) To finish the day we went to visit the Project Manager i.e. Jeremiah’s ranch, filled with cattle and sheep. You would be surprised how fascinated we were! During our travels we’ve already seen giraffes, gazelles, cranes and an ostrich.

Day 3: Andy got a rude awakening with balloons and party blowers (it was his birthday) We set off early to Kumpa Primary School where we destroyed two classrooms by taking out windows to replace them with new ones, and cleaning the walls to prepare them for painting in the days to come. But the ultimate experience was using the Kenyan toilet, the long drop!!

OK the food is definitely worth a mention. Our favorites are mandazis which have donut like taste, chapattis which have a pancakey taste – food is awesome.

So highlights so far would be all the people who are unbelievably friendly and chillaxed. The kids are adorable and it’s only our third day. Just for your information it is freezing here, we should have packed more fleeces. We wish Jonny would quit singing and we wish Rachel would brush up on here Geography skills after saying, ‘Is Nairobi the capital of Egypt?’ mind you Ryan’s intelligence could be questioned while sitting on the plane he asked, ‘Are we travelling by sea?’

Dear help Julie!!

Kawheri (quite hairy)

Comments

Spike said Thu, 09 Jul 2009 08:07AM
Great to hear that things are going well! You are all very much in our prayers.
Elizabeth Hanna said Thu, 09 Jul 2009 09:15AM
How wonderful to read your news...makes me remember our time on Pamoja! Greet the brothers and sisters there for me....especially Rev Naftaly when you meet him....and Ronnie and Maggie. You are all in my prayers. Keep blogging when you can!
Steven Forbes said Thu, 09 Jul 2009 12:09PM
Finally, a bit of feedback and lots of it! Too many times have people been asking whether it was you guys who ended up in the "Kenyan mission bus crash"; so it's a big relief to hear such a positive report. Great to hear about all the work you guys are doing and I look forward to hearing more about your work and adventures. Never really liked the blackcurrant fanta myself! Till then you are in our prayers!
Leigh Henderson said Thu, 09 Jul 2009 04:58PM
Glad to hear food OK.Rory does not do well on starvation rations.Thursday night here so prayer meeting in our house with emphasis on Hakuna Matata team so everybody be uplifted knowing we are praying for all of you. Everyone here shocked to here about the cold. I knew I should have packed Rorys winter jammies!!! Keep sending news we are all very excited by the various scraps of information received....Crumbs from tables etc..... Love to all and will someone nice give my son a big hug from his Mum God Bless
Regan Henderson (rory's little sister) said Thu, 09 Jul 2009 06:07PM
Jambo everybody!! how are u all...well clearly good by the sounds of it!! Its good to hear you guys are all safe and well!! I am defo praying for you all as you stay in Kenya... honestly rory my chocolate bear I miss u lots!! Shame you guys aren't allowed to play with the monkeys... It's great to hear the food isn't too bad as the Ballyclare four need inserts of food every half hour or so!! haha so Vic, Juilie, Jonny, Amanda, Rebekah, Simon, Ryan, Rachel, Rorald, Andrew (happy birthday by the way), Alex, Michael, Sarah, Chris, Robert, Ruth, Alison, Daniel u r all in my prays so keep safe... good luck Lots of love Regan H xoxoxox
Claire said Thu, 09 Jul 2009 06:18PM
So the chips are good are they? it's official, i may be rory'a girlfriend, but i've now taken over his place at his family's dinner table. i think you've proved that yes, northern irish and irish people do take the cold with them everywhere they go. hope you're all having a reli good time, and you're being nice to rory, cos if he misses me as much as i miss him, he'll be needing lots of attention. stay safe and make the most out of ur time there Best wishes Claire (has the i heart claire t shirt been modelled yet?)
jill crothers said Thu, 09 Jul 2009 06:26PM
Hi everyone, so glad to hear from you and especially the phone call yesterday. Glad to hear everyone is enjoying the experience so far. We all send our love and greetings to your new friends and hope no one is toooooo homesick yet. Missing you loads Michael but our loss is Kajiados' gain!!!!! Keep the news coming as loads of granny's aunties etc are dying for all the goss not to mention your dear old mum dad and big brother. And don't forget Michael KEEP ON TAKING THE TABLETS lots of love and prayers Michaels' mum
Olwen said Thu, 09 Jul 2009 08:31PM
Hi everyone - great to hear you're all well (and working hard!!). Blackcurrant Fanta? Hmmm. Not so sure that would take off in Ballyclare... Simon, Andrew tried to send you a photo of the Chantilly Meringue we had for Sunday lunch - just so you'd know we were thinking of you (sorry!!!). Seriously though, we're praying for you all and know God will use you in a wonderful way. Hakuna Matata. Olwen
Tim Purdue said Thu, 09 Jul 2009 08:43PM
i hope everyone is keeping safe. i bet it is hard to get to sleep at night.all of you boys must have beards starting to grow.Feel wick for all you who expecting to go summer madness cause it was amazing,No one got any sleep and the worship was great.Cant belive you have a 4 HOUR SERVICE coming up. Hope you stay safe, Timmy
valerie doyle said Thu, 09 Jul 2009 09:24PM
Hi all, glad to hear everyone is in good spirits and working hard. Keep sending the texts and the odd phone call too. Can't believe it is so cold there. Can't wait to hear about your visit to the Primary School today. Keep up the hard work and remember to keep taking the tablets. Kerrie Shortt's birthday today. Everyone sends their love and prayers Missing you loads, lol Rachel's Mum
Karen Campbell said Thu, 09 Jul 2009 10:09PM
Hi you all......glad you all arrived safe ad sound ...(well Rory as sound as you can be lol) House is alot cleaner when your not there and Daniel don't you laugh as so is yours! Didn't believe it when Leigh said it was cold but just work harder and you'll be grand :-) Look after each other will remember you all in my prayers and God Bless..... Karen
David Cavan said Fri, 10 Jul 2009 12:11AM
Hey guys, great to hear about thing out in kaj, send mine and julie's love!! I'm the youth worker in ballyholme and am I the proud friend of andy s, ryan, ruth, amanda and Sarah! Send my love to them! Having been out there it's great hear stories!! Keep it up!! Grace and peace dc ps Ryan will continue to pass some questionable comments, but don't judge a book by his cover, put anything practical infront of him and he makes alot of us look dense!! Love u bro!!
Heather Harper said Fri, 10 Jul 2009 08:30AM
Hi everyone,good to see you're online, when you can be! I know it's not easy!! Glad to know that you all arrived safely, and have settled in and begun the good work!!! I hope Ronnie and Maggie didn't over-indulge on the crisps!!! Love to you all, you're in our prayers, Heather
Mark Gill said Fri, 10 Jul 2009 03:49PM
Dear help Julie? she'll cope very well...hope all goes well with your service there.
Ann Marie Kerr said Fri, 10 Jul 2009 05:51PM
Hi folks! Thanks for keeping us updated - sounds like you're off to a great start. We're praying for you all - special hi to Ali from me & from all the gang in Vineyard. Blessings & Love, Ann Marie.
Rachel (Simon's lil sis) said Fri, 10 Jul 2009 09:32PM
Hi everyone. glad to hear the food's good. It's ard to believe your first week is nearly over. Simon, will you bring me home a monkey? We are praying for you all the time and we know you will all stay safe! xxo
Brandy said Sat, 11 Jul 2009 09:20AM
Hey folks, Glad to hear things are going well and great to hear you have discovered long drops! Hope Simon, Rory, Michael and Daniel are behaving OK -It seems everyone in Ballyclare is talking about how much they are missed etc but I can assure you that this is only family and close friends! The rest of us have noticed how peaceful the town is! Summer Madness went well -even when we let the boys cook lunch (the girls weren't even in the running to do it). There are a few stories to tell -especially about Devon's special trans-atlantic relationship! Keep working hard. Will continue to pray for all of you. Blessings, Brandy
Mary and Patricia Wilson and Daniel De Becker said Sat, 11 Jul 2009 10:06AM
Hi Chris and Alex. Greeting from Sunny-Whitehead-By-The-Sea. Glad to hear that some-one else is also feeding you well. Does it compete with my meringues. Keep up the Blog! Mary.
the stephens family said Sat, 11 Jul 2009 07:26PM
Hi all. Glad to hear you are all OK it was great to hear from you on Wednesday - sorry so shocked at your call forgot to wish you a Happy Birthday Andrew, I guess the guys there made up for it. Can't believe it's cold - especially after Ryan packing those 7 bottles of Suncream!!! Stay safe - our thoughts and prayers are with you all. PS Miss you loads - the house is so quiet and tidy!!!!
Dan's Dad said Sat, 11 Jul 2009 07:48PM
Yea, Dan's away and the surgical deep-clean squad have arrived to tackle his bedroom - hold that thought they just ran screaming down the drive shouting something about reinforcements!!!!! just about to head to Scotland for mini-break, glad all is well in Kenya, make the most of every day and every experience it will go tooooo fast. People please remind Dan to take some photos he still thinks that a camera is man-bling. Mum says hi, wee sis sends a hug, wee bruv sends a so-what. God Blees all. Mark aka Dan's Dad ps usual Norn Iron summer weather has arrived - heavy rain and wind.
Amanda's Mum & Dad said Sun, 12 Jul 2009 07:03PM
Great to hear all arrived safely. Hope the temperature has risen and you are a bit warmer. The trip to Boots to get factor 50 was a waste of time. Glad to hear the food's good - I was worried you would lose more weight than me!!!! Darren has been a great help cutting down trees until he hurt his arm. He sends his love as does Gary.
Alan, Kelly and Herbie said Sun, 12 Jul 2009 08:47PM
Well dork (aka Victoria) Hope all is well. Can't believe a week has gone already. Hope all went well today at the service and that you didn't go on too long. Just getting organised to go and support the orangemen. Have you lot any parades organised with your orange t shirts? Missing you. Lots of love xoxo. God bless to you all.
John & Sophie said Mon, 13 Jul 2009 04:41PM
Great blogg! keep up the good work. Hope the church service went well yesterday and you did not misbehave in front of the bishop. All your parents are not missing you at all!!!!!!(not really) The twelfth is a washout so you arenot missing anything. Stay safe and well, we are praying for you all and your new Kenyan friends everyday.
Alan and Sandra Vincent (Sarah's mum and dad) said Mon, 13 Jul 2009 06:44PM
Hi Sarah and all you guys. So glad to hear you're all having such a good time and loving being there in Kenya. It sounds wonderful and as if you're being really helpful out there. Great that you've been able to see the wildlife too - that sounds great - giraffes especially!! I guess the time is flying by but hope you enjoy every minute of it and that its as life-changing as you all hoped. I'm sure you are all a blessing but I'm sure you are also feeling humbled by all the wonderful people you are meeting and by their lives. We are just praying that God will be with you and also that your travel will be safe. Our hearts went out to the Habitat team - what a trauma for them. Sarah, you will be relieved to know Debbie, your cousin, wasn't on that Kenya team but in Mozambique. Take care, all of you and God bless
John Currie (Julie's twin) said Mon, 13 Jul 2009 07:40PM
Hi there from the sunny glens of the Isle of Man. Glad the travelling went safely and the locals are looking after you well. Hope you are enjoying the work and I'm sure God will keep you busy. Hope you get plenty of opportunities to share God's love with those you meet. Remember to look after your health and cover up at night. Can you get Mighty Fire radio station there, ask Julie. Take care and enjoy this experience each one of you. With love from the Diocese of Sodor and Man.
Leigh Henderson said Mon, 13 Jul 2009 10:04PM
Tell Rory we arent using a surgical deep clean squad as money couldnt pay anyone to go into Rorys room - only love is strong enough!!! However the protective clothing and breathing equipment have just arrived from the MoD so were ready to start tomorrow. have just left Regan at Portnoo where the Beach mission team carried on regardless in the pouring rain with 2 dozen children sheltering under a plastic sheet learning the memory verse - Believe on the Lord Jeus Christ and you shall be saved!!!! May God bless all of you and keep you safe Love Leigh
BECKYS MUM DAD AND FAMILY said Tue, 14 Jul 2009 08:31PM
HI BECKS ,FINALLY GOT ON TO THE SITE SORRY ABOUT THE DELAY BUT WE HAVE ALL BEEN THINKING OF YOU ALL OUT THERE .WELL ONE WEEK IS OVER ALREADY SO GLAD THE FOOD IS GOOD AND YOU ARE ENJOYING THE EXPERIENCE AND NOT CRYING TO COME HOME JONI EMMA BETH AND LUKE ARE THINKING OF YOU A LOT THE TURTLE IS STILL ALIVE BUT VERY DIRTY NO WAY AM I TOUCHING THAT ANIMAL SORRY, THE GOLDFISH IS STILL ALIVE AND CLEAN JOEY IS STILL ALIVE BUT STILL TRYING TO ESCAPE YOU ARE LUCKY YOU ARE AWAY IT ISVERY STRESSFUL TRYING TO KEEP THESE ANIMALS ALIVE FOR ALMOST 4 WEEKS LOL. WE ALL LOVE YOU LOADS AND ARE PRAYING HARD FOR YOU ALL OUT THERE GOD BLESS XXXX
Hello miss sarah and all the posse from Bangor! Glad to hear all is good and that eating appears to be a great event - the donut thing sounds lush!!! We are obviously missing you terribly. Work hard - keep safe - have a ball! Big love P & P xoxoxoxo
Laura H (Rorys posse!) said Wed, 15 Jul 2009 09:50AM
Hey rory! hope your ok and have no monkey bites yet!! ive been reading the blog and it sounds awesome what you guys are doing out there, inspirational! truly living for God, so proud of you best friend! bet your having a great time too! the rest of your huge cake was devoured pretty quickly in the heaton household! apart from that exciting news not much has happened! ryan sends big love, we all miss you and cant wait to hear all about your trip! keep shining mate, your making me proud! see ya soon! xxxxx
john & martha said Wed, 15 Jul 2009 11:07AM
hi Rory hard to believe that you're halfway through your stay in Kenya and good to know that after reading all the comments that you're all busy and no time for home sickness. Have you been showing off your culinary expertise yet? You all certainly won't be coming home any thinner by the sound of it. Your Nanna was over for a cuppa and enjoyed reading the blog and sends her love. She reminded us that this is Timothy's "big day". Hope You're taking plenty of photos. You and all the team are in our prayers daily - not forgetting your loved ones at home. Safe journeys
Nanna said Wed, 15 Jul 2009 11:22AM
Hi Rory Been over with M&J and read all the blog I thought it was time I sent you one. You seem to be working hard and I bet you sleep well at night even though it is cold.9 Ballyeaston is'nt the same without you. Think about you often. Luv
BECKYS MUM said Wed, 15 Jul 2009 08:54PM
HI BECKS , WELL I HOPE YOU ARE READY FOR THE SPUD SHED WHEN YOU COME HOME WE WERE ACTUALLY THINKING THAT YOU MAY BE ABLE TO PUT THAT EXTENSIION ON THAT YOUR DAD TALKS ABOUT ESPECIALLY NOW THAT YOU HAVE ACQUIRED ALL THESE BUILDING SKILLS . TAKE CARE WE MISS THE DRAMA XXX
BECKYS MUM said Wed, 15 Jul 2009 09:03PM
FOR RACHAEL DOYLE WE DIDNT WANT TO LEAVE YOU OUT DOYLE CAN YOU GIVE BECKY A HAND TO PUT THE EXTENSION UP ON JIMMYS SPUD SHED LOL GOD BLESS AND TAKE CARE XX