|Business meeting in Butere...me with my translator.|
|Mud block making business|
|Pastor on left, translator on right|
|Alfred and his son, Harrison, outside the Friends Church.|
|A small, rural church that I attended last week. I loved it!|
|The congregants of the rural church - a lot of talent in that small group!|
Weather: The weather continues to be pleasant, with temperatures in the mid-70s during the day, but getting as low as 42F at night. Since there is no heating system and the windows don't really close, it makes for some chilly mornings! So, for those of you who laughed at me for needing a blanket when the temp was in the 70s in Michigan, you be happy to know that I think my blood is finally getting thicker! The other thing is that because of the higher elevation, we do get some strange weather patterns. The other day, it was 77F by about 4 pm, and a storm rolled in with hail. It immediately melted, but it's not at all unusual here to see hail. I like it because it gives me a sense of winter without what all of you are going through back in the US!
|The instant hot water heater in my shower.|
|Ugali with sikuma wiki|
Election: The election is scheduled for next week Monday, March 4; schools will close this week Thursday and will remain closed for one week. It seems that much of the country will shut down during the course of the election. Because they have implemented biometrics (electronic voting) for the first time, they expect to announce the results by the next day. As we continue to move closer to the election, prayers continue to be needed. Many churches are planning a fast and prayer time for the whole weekend, with people staying at the church to pray through the night. The more time I spend talking with people here, the more I am beginning to understand the complexities behind what happened in the 2007 election, as well as the dynamics behind the current situation. Kenya held their first ever presidential debate on February 11 and a second will be held tonight, February 25. You can stream in to watch it online, as I will (I don't have a TV) if you are interested; it looks like one of the two frontrunners will not participate due to the focus of the debate on the 11th on the indictments on both he and his vice-presidential candidate by the International Criminal Court. The BBC has a good summary of what is going on currently with the election. If you are interested, click here.
|Random monkeys playing outside my window while I worked.|