The Penultiment Instalment.....

Kenya_commissioning_3 Posted by hakuna matata on Wed, 22 Jul 2009 | 10 comments | Bookmark: digg this Post this to Post this to Facebook

Sunday morning we all went our separate ways, to 3 different churches. Some went to Big Dan’s (Daniel Tama) church, others attended a church in Isinya, and the final group got to experience worship under a tree!! All 3 churches were brillant & unique in their own way! Big Dan invited his troop back to his house for dinner and they also experienced a traditional Maasia house, whilst the Tree gang were served a roasted goat for lunch. Proper Kenyan style! When we got back to the compound, a number of us went for a dander down Kajiado street and even got invited into Eric’s house. Vic got her hair braided by Eric’s wife..wait till you see the photos. The afternoon was complete with a mid day movie of the Lion King!

DAY 15 Work day at Kumpa. We continued painting..probably got more paint on ourselves than the walls! Then had a chilled out afternoon…we deserved it!

DAY 16 Final work day at Kumpa! We worked hard to finish the job & we must say the classrooms looked great on completion! A far better learning environment for the kids! & once again had great craic with the fundis. Before lunch we had a group volleyball game. But after lunch was the highlight, as the community and pupils joined us for a farewell & thank you ceremony. They entertained us with traditional dancing and speeches from the CHIEF community member & headmaster! We even recieved gifts to show their appreciation.

DAY 17 We headed to Township Primary School, were we took both the younger & older kids assemblies, with our usual and (popular) mix of songs & sketches. Sadly the afternoon was spent packing up :( and preparing for the farewell dinner! It began at 5 ISH with all our friends and host families! We were entertained by the secondary school dancers & they were especially commissioned by Pastor James. Quite a few speeches were made & we were each presented with our very own personalised keyrings! Bet you`re all jealous! The night ended with a big meal & then it was sadly time to say goodbye with many hugs & the odd tear!! We will truelly miss everyone here! They have had a huge impact on our lives & will remain in our hearts!

PS. special thanks to Ruddy( a german NGO) for kindly lending us his laptop to keep you folks up to date!

PPS. Rory HAS shaved!


Jill said Thu, 23 Jul 2009 12:51PM
Hi everyone glad to get your pentultiment message, thanks so much Ruddy for the laptop it's been a brill lifeline for all of us old folk left behind. Sounds like the last few days have been a bit sad as expected saying goodbye to everyone must have been very hard, but what a send off. I know you are probably now in Mombasa snd I hope you are all enjoying this experience as much as the other ones. Looking forward to seeing you again Michael everyone keeps asking about you so it will be good that you can take over the role of information spreading. Lots of love God bless. Mum,Dad and Matthew. P.s. these bloggs have been printed out and posted in church, so be careful what you say!
liz abernethy said Thu, 23 Jul 2009 04:20PM
Thinking about you all and hoping you have a really good time reflecting on the last few weeks. Also a good rest! enjoy Mombassa and journeying mecies for a safe journey home.Cant wait to see you and hear all about it. thanks for the updates! Liz and Alan
Valerie Doyle said Thu, 23 Jul 2009 09:33PM
Hi Everyone, so glad to hear all about your last few days and the sad farewell as expected. You've had a great experience and met so many wonderful people, it'll take a while to settle when you get back home. Hope you're enjoying Mombasa and resting before the long journey back home. Everyone sends their love. Can't wait to see you Rach!. Waiting patiently for a text. Take care and God Bless Lol Dad Mum and Mark
Liz Hackworth said Fri, 24 Jul 2009 09:00AM
Hi All! Sounds like you have had an amazing time and many enriching experiences over the last 3 weeks. I'm sure you are filled with a lot of mixed emotions now, on the last leg of the journey. Enjoy the big city (!) and take a good long sniff of that African air before you leave. Safe journey home and looking forward to seeing you both, Alex & Chris, at the Costa coffe shop!!! Love & prayers, Liz
Clive Henderson said Fri, 24 Jul 2009 09:52AM
Bless you, Fedex !!!
Regan Henderson (rory's little sister) said Fri, 24 Jul 2009 10:17AM
He shaved!!! praise the lord!! i would laugh if he has tan lines...I want a personalised key ring...let me guess rory's has a big hairy monkey on it...haha im hilarious... good to hear ur having a properly immense time!! Rory, i miss u loads and by the way im getting second hug..claire is going to have to wait for her hug until i get mine!! Everyone that i saw from camp at summer madness sends the kenya four love and keep safe. Good luck for your last few days!! Lots of love Regan t forget the monkey rory!!
Elizabeth Hanna said Sat, 25 Jul 2009 08:45AM
Hi...this time has gone so quickly! God bless you richly as you reflect and then return. Dying to hear about your experiences first hand.
Paula McIlwaine said Sun, 26 Jul 2009 05:06PM
Sarah!! I can't believe you are home on Tuesday! Amazing. Sounds like it's been great. Hope Bangor isn't going to be too dull for you now - I'm sure that you have had a ball. Keep laughing loudly! pxx
Hi Andrew. Have been lucky to have Rosie & Gareth home this w/e for the Big Birthday Party of the year so have beem initiated into the mysteries of blogging/twittering and have managed to catch up with all you guys have been doing and seeing. I'm sure you've all had a great experience and will have many happy memories to take away with you. Hear you've been now living it up in Mombasa. It won't be long till your return trip so we both wish you and the rest of the team God's blessing for your remaining time and a safe journey home.We look forward to hearing all shortly. By the way, your Dad has become very bossy and I don't like the way your Mum is so sarky(!) - you'd think we were reeeely elderly to hear them go on about not phoning home!! (If Ruth Abernethy's dad reads this he'll agree with me!!) Love and prayers Nanny A and Grandad.
rebekah hampton said Wed, 29 Jul 2009 04:18PM
Its so strange being back in NI. A real mix of emotions as im glad to see family and friends but missing my kenyan family and friends like crazy! Just wanted to say thanks to everyone for their thoughts and prayers as we were gone, God was definately watchcing over us and the experience was amazing!