How many visitors does it take to bring rain?

Ronnie___maggie_3 Posted by Ronnie & Maggie Briggs on Tue, 03 Nov 2009 | 4 comments | Bookmark: digg this Post this to Post this to Facebook

This has been the Summer of the Visitor! A total of 69 visitors have passed through Kajiado since July – making up 6 different teams. We asked all them all to help us pray for rain… and to remember to pray again when they went home – then on 1st Nov it started to rain!! It looks like what we call ‘good rain’ – not too heavy and just right for the growing of crops and the all important grazing for cattle. However, many people still have to try and lift up their cattle by hand every morning to encourage them not to give up just yet, then continue to search for grazing and a little water to keep them going for another day. It will take time before the grass is sufficient for proper grazing. The Met office states that we are in for heavier than normal rains this season and we should prepare ourselves for significant downpours. The Maasai here just laugh at that as they have been waiting for just such downpours for more than two years and will be more than glad to see them actually falling!

In the meantime we still have to help support people in the daily routine of survival. For those of you who have responded to the CMSI Famine Appeal for Kajiado we thank you very much as we have already received the first instalment and have immediately bought maize and bean seeds to distribute to those who are planting crops. A big task but well worthwhile and would not have been possible but for your partnership with us…

So, the Teams came to visit and to pray for rain but what else do teams bring to us and to the Diocese of Kajiado, apart from a lot of hard work and a logistical challenge? Kajiado has been going through the worst drought and famine in living memory and you would think that bringing that many people in such a short space of time would be nothing but a burden to those of us who work and live here. In fact the opposite is true! The Bishop and all the Diocesan staff and clergy state quite clearly that it is precisely at a time like this that we need our partners to stand along side us in mutual support and encouragement. To offer prayers up for each other and to assure each other that we are in this together. This is really a true partnership in practical action. Even though there is a drought and a severe famine, life must still go on… we still have to wake up each morning and get on with whatever the day brings. Having visitors here during this time of great need and suffering brings a glimpse of hope in the midst of despair and adds a sparkle to a day that otherwise might have been depressing.
Visitors have worked on rehabilitation of schools, building of a secondary school classroom, teaching in SU classes, worshipped in many Churches Sunday by Sunday, helped to deliver relief food to those most vulnerable, fixed tractors, taught motorbike riding classes, supported the Mother’s Union in their work, and made many new friends and uplifted and encouraged us in all we do here.

To all those who took the time and energy to come to Kajiado during this time – a very big thank you! Know for sure that your time here was of great value and helps us to appreciate the fact that there are people out there who love and care for us as a Diocese.

True friends or Partners, are those who stand close by in times of need and trouble and this Summer so many people from all over the Church in Ireland have done just that. Yes, it has been busy, but what about the blessings? And after all it is now raining…..let the grass grow!

‘I will make rivers flow on barren heights, and springs within the valleys. I will turn the desert into pools of water, and the parched ground into springs.’ Isaiah 41: 18


Elizabeth Hanna said Wed, 04 Nov 2009 09:28AM
Hi...thanks for the blog - will be reproduced for Saint Nicholas' this Sunday. They are always hungry for news. In our thoughts and prayers. love Liz.
Andrew Stephens said Thu, 05 Nov 2009 03:44PM
Thanks for blog update, great news about rain, hopefully met office is correct and more rains continue, your in our thoughts AJ
Victoria Harrison said Wed, 11 Nov 2009 02:05PM
JAMBO What wonderful news - God has blessed Kajiado with rain. I have fantastic memories of my time there and all the people are still very much in my thoughts and prayers. Partnership can be a strong and amazing thing. Victoria Harrison
Alison Shine said Thu, 12 Nov 2009 07:19PM
Delighted the rain has arrived. We've been praying since our visit!! Lots of love from All of the Shines X