Jambo from Kenya!

Prayer_c Posted by Kirsten Brown on Tue, 10 May 2011 | 7 comments | Bookmark: digg this Post this to del.icio.us Post this to Facebook

Hi everyone! I hope you are all keeping well back in ireland or wherever you’re reading this from! :)

We’ve been in Kenya for almost 2 weeks now and its really flown in. Our flights to kenya went so smoothly as we passed from one airport to the next and we arrived in Kenya without a hitch!

When we arrived we met Louise and her husband at the airport and drove back to their home which is beautiful. Over the last 2 weeks Louise and her family have made us feel so wlecome and at home in their house and we have had a great time so far getting to know her family and playing with the baby twins Sam and Tim!

The day after we arrived Louise brought us to All Saints Cathedral where the UDP office is based. We got to meet the people who work around the Cathedral all of which are so lovely and welcoming! We’ve been in the office a lot since then, getting to know more about the UDP and the work that it does. Yesterday, Monday, we went to Kayole for the first time one of the areas the UDP works in. We went to the nursery\primary school and secondary school that we will be spending time in, getting to see the pupils we will be spending time with over the next four weeks. When we went into the secondary school we met the Principal called Patrick, he brought us around each class and let us introduce ourselves to the pupils. Before we went to see the pupils we told him what our favourite subjects are and we must have miscommunicated with him as I said my favourite subject was English Literature and from that he introduced me as Teacher Kirsten who teaches English Literature and she will be leading discussions in social, political, spiritual and academic issues along with giving career advice! I thought to myself ahhhh I dont know how to teach! So I then had to tell him I’m just a student myself and probably shouldnt be left in charge to teach any english! He just laughed at it and said ‘Humm ok well you can still lead some group discussions’ which I like the thought of alot more! :)

I’ve also noticed since being here people have difficutly saying my name and most times I have to spell it out to them. I’ve come across Kristen, Kasten and the funniest Korstanee so the Youth Pastor at the Cathedral called Sam, who is brilliant decided to solve this problem by giving me and Emma Kenyan names! So I am now officially known as ‘Njerri’ which I love!

Emma and I have also travelled into Nairobi city centre alone to do some shopping which was a lot of fun we went to a local street market and done some haggling which was a lot of fun, we had a lot of banter with the people who work on the stalls and will most likely go back there to buy some more things before we leave Nairobi. We have also cooked for Louise and her family, we cooked some Spaghetti Bolognese and some fiveteens for desert which went down a treat!

The last 2 weeks has been a lot of fun with a lot of new experiences im really looking forward to the weeks to come, The people we have met so far have been amazing and if they are an indicator of the people we’ve yet to meet then I cant wait to meet them! :)

Kirsten xx


Stephen Brown said Tue, 10 May 2011 02:17PM
Hi Kirsten aka Njerri......Really good to read your blog sounds like you are really enjoying youself...By the sound of it you will not want to come home lol...Everyone over here keeps asking for you and they hope you are doing well witch by the sound of it you are Ellie and Katie are starting to wonder were you are they thought you would have been home by now two weeks allready its flying in you will probably be gurning your eyes out when its time to come home....Nothing much has changed back home adele even still number one in the album charts we are all looking forward to seeing you again but until then i will give you a wee ring on friday Have to say your making us all very very proud as uou always do anyway so love take care and will speak to you soon all my love dad....
Jules said Tue, 10 May 2011 04:55PM
Jambo Njerri sounds like you are having a wonderful time - that's cos when people meet you they just love you:) Good to hear you tackled the mega crazy city of Nairobi . . . you have to go to the giraffe sanctuary for me and kiss a giraffe - that's all the kissing you'll be doin!! Keep having a blast and enjoy every day, every hour/minute/second because it will goo all too fast. hugs and prayers Julesx p.s hows the jelly babies:)
Janette said Wed, 11 May 2011 11:56AM
Hey, so glad to hear everything is going well for you and that you are having an amazing time! Can't believe it has been two weeks already!! Enjoy - praying for you! J x
linda said Wed, 11 May 2011 07:27PM
glad ur having such a good time love,sounds brilliant,is there room for 1 more over there lol ill give u a ring fri and u can fill me in on everything. love mummy xxxxxxxxxx
Bantu said Mon, 16 May 2011 01:28PM
Since I've realized am one of people with problem getting your name right. I'll call you Njeri. hehehe. Soounds fun to me! Anyway, I've enjoyed reading your blog. Am glad you are having a great time in Kenya. I bet you are yet to discover more and enjoy loads. Thanks for the work you are doing with the UDP and All Saints' God bless you. see ya soon. :)
Dianne said Sat, 21 May 2011 07:32PM
Njerri!! sounds like you are having a ball.... im sooo jealous.. we miss you loads here... your smile and your lovely voice!! but i am glad it is all and more of what you had hoped it would be... we are having the cms service tomorrow in church.. so we will all be praying for you as usual ;) ..have a great weekend.. talk to you soon blessings xx
Gerald said Fri, 01 Jul 2011 03:34PM
Very encouraging to read your blog and get to learn what is going on in your encounter in Nairobi. May the lord bless you mightly. Am a Kenyan student at Belfast Bible College.

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