just checking in...
i am doing well...work is going great--VERY SLOW THOUGH...which is teaching me a lot--learning to patient and slow down...america is so fast compared to this place...
the kenyans love THE OFFICE...i brought shekinah's glory to them and i feel good about it :)
i do miss my family and friends...i miss little things too--like the team game...and ice in my drinks...and hot showers...but its incredible here...this place is indescribable...i cant even come close to describing the smell here...or what i see everyday...my eyes are constantly open taking in every ounce of this place...im not really a quiet person (as you all know), but ive done a lot of "silent retreats" since ive been here...no need for words...just glancing at the beauty that is wrapped up in this place...
i walk to work...good exercise and i get to smile at a lot of people along the way...up and down a few muddy/rocky hills--gotten some stares when i smile, but i think ive warmed up some people...even in the rain, its a good time...the guard at work thinks im funny (bwana asifiwe-praise the Lord)
few descriptions of some people i spend a lot of time with:
Dave--host dad, very genuine, talks slower when hes around kenyans, lived in kenya for 4 years with his wife, used to live in other parts of Africa working with Wycliffe
Susan--sweet house help, hums ALL THE TIME (absolutely precious), gets REALLY excited when i come home (sounds like shes out of breath sometimes because shes so excited), hardworker, loyal, new friend
Lilly--golden retriever, ENERGETIC, loveable, might have to buy a bigger carry on to fit her and the kids in...
Caroline--mentor at BTL, very busy woman, quiet, sweet, really impressed with what i do, very busy woman
Florence (FLO)--hilarious, the one im really helping at BTL, attentive to everything i say, new friend, incredible mom, hilarious, the kenyan version of me maybe?
Josiah--he works in the finance department at BTL, really small (like a Tiny Tim), he can't find clothes to fit him so his clothes are always way too big, gets picked on a lot where he lives, my project (i leave him encouraging notes during the week to lift his spirits up), smiles a lot, tiny, comes by my office a lot to check on me.
John Ommani--works in the language dept, friends with Tim Holden, met him 2 years ago when i first came to kenya, amazing man of God, personable, family man
Pascal--servant's heart, faithful, hilarious, a blessing, bodyguard
Harry Potter--Pascal's best friend, funny, great dancer, bodyguard #2
Nyota--one of Pascal's brother, great soccer player, funny, looks up to his brother P
Flo and Tekla--two of Pascal's sisters, full of life, gorgeous, made sure ive felt at home
Melvin--Pascal's nephew, sings Youre Beautiful by James Blunt every time he sees me, precious
Gayle--crazy, absolutely crazy
Kitty--Gayle's sidekick, made me feel really welcome
its absolutely beautiful outside--i think its frisbee and/or picture time in the park...