Another Journey!

Ronnie___maggie_3 Posted by Ronnie & Maggie Briggs on Wed, 11 Jun 2008 | 4 comments | Bookmark: digg this Post this to del.icio.us Post this to Facebook

2008 brought many changes for us as a family. We officially became CMSI Mission Partners on home leave and so began the process of visiting all the Parishes linked with Kajiado. This proved to be a very worthwhile exercise and we managed to see large numbers of people who support Kajiado. We wish to thank all those who managed to come along to the Kajiado Info Nights we held and for the encouragement you all gave us. The commissioning service in Magherally was a very special occasion for all of us and we would like to thank all who made the effort to be there. We really appreciate your love and support and in fact will rely heavily on it when we are here in Kajiado.

After much packing, sorting and saying goodbyes, it’s hard to believe we are here over two weeks already. Now, having gone through more unpacking, sorting and saying hellos, we feel like we have returned home! People have been very welcoming and it has been good to settle back into our house. Even 2 kittens were here to greet us!

It was great to see our son Philip again and now Susie and Naomi have also come out, we are all one big family again for a few months!

It’s also so good to have Rev Naftaly around too. Having graduated from Bible College with him, it is such a pleasure to be back here in his homeland, sharing God’s work together. Since his return, he has been blessed with a baby daughter called Esther, so he’s very happy!

Ronnie is slowly working his way around all the ongoing development projects to get an up to date picture and we have been very encouraged at the progress that has been made. However, it is very evident just how dry and brown the land looks and people are very concerned that real hardship is on the way.

Next week we have some visitors from home including a cameraman and reporter to film some of our work here in the Diocese. Following that, we will be invaded by a group of 36 from Limavady Grammar School……. so this week is the quiet before the storm!! The Limavady Team will help us to start building a Girl’s Secondary School for the Diocese – the first of its kind – and will be a major project for us as we get started. Maggie will be looking at how best to start reaching out to the many women in the Diocese who have very little in terms of financial security – especially in light of the poor harvests and the drought that is beginning to bite again.

Please continue to pray for the situation here and if you have any thoughts on all of this please do get in touch – so that we can journey together.

Comments

Rachel said Thu, 12 Jun 2008 10:28AM
Oh great - there are 2 kittens!! Can't wait to meet them - and see all of you! Need to start packing at the weekend - really looking forward to my first Kenyan experience. much love Rachel
Elizabeth Hanna said Fri, 13 Jun 2008 07:53AM
I wish I were going too! Your blog is on the Sunday Notice Sheet at Saint Nicholas'.
Tom Bleakley said Sun, 31 Aug 2008 07:15PM
It's really wonderful to read about the Limavady G.S. trip to Kajiado. It sounds like a terrific experience and so rewarding..... Tom Bleakley
Brian Dunwoody said Mon, 01 Sep 2008 10:04PM
First day back at school and after a couple of hours' work this evening I gravitated towards the w4w website, my first real visit since we came home from Kajiado at the end of July. It brought back so many memories of our visit. What a delight to read the students' comments having just greeted a number of them in the corridor today with 'Jambo', almost second nature. And then to link to this website to find a blog by Ronnie & Maggie. I hope you've all recovered from our stay and that the building work continues! And finally, there's Tom Bleakley - Hi Tom - was reading your comments in the visitors' book at Oltiasika; and even Alan Abernethy - Hi Alan! Like so many who have visited Kajiado,I was thinking that I wouldn't mind being there right now. Warmest regards to everyone - too many to mention - and hope to see you again soon. Brian

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