Safe arrivals and warm welcomes

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Thursday 16th

It was very late on Wednesday night when we arrived at the diocesan centre in Kajiadio. Late as in 1am. Tiredness and darkness dictated that we saw very little either on the journey from the airport or of the compound itself. After night prayers and a cuppa, bed was a very blessed relief and sleep dropped quickly.

Sleep didn’t last nearly long enough for some of us though. At 5am we were woken by the call to prayer from the nearby mosque. Islam is growing in Kenya. While it doesn’t yet match Christianity in influence, nonetheless it is becoming more and more prevalent with each passing year.

The morning was cool and bright with passing clouds. But not nearly enough of the latter. This is the rainy season, heavily depended upon by Kenyans for their drinking water. But rainfall amounts so far have not come close to meeting the requirements. This is a constant worry.

After a filling breakfast of coffee, sausages, boiled eggs and toast, we went across the compound to the diocesan centre to be greeted by bishop Gaddiel in his office. Bishop Patrick introduced each of the team and received a heartily warm welcome from bishop Gaddiel. In fact, the warmth of welcome here has been overwhelming. Everyone meets you with a smile and an outstretched hand and the word ‘Jambo!’ Spoken as if properly meant. The folk here really do want to meet us: be friends with us. What we can do for them in a concrete sense seems much less important to them than does us simply being among them.

Our session with Ronnie and Maggie (CMSI’s Mission Partners here) took the form of a chat in a sideless corregated gazebo. Ronnie set the context of our visit with a little bit of history and little bit of cultural background. The roof on the gazebo was welcome as the sun is beating down today and though there is a pleasant breeze, and we’re some 5000 feet above sea level (which keeps the mozzies at bay), it is none less quite warm.

After lunch we’re off to visit the Maasai Girls school at Oulousia forwhich the diocese helped build the dorms and ablutions block.

More of that later.

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