Okay, let me back up a bit. I arrived in Nairobi, Kenya on Monday night, and spent the next two days having meetings with various potential partners, as well as meeting with the ICM Kenya staff. The concept of what I am going to be doing seems to resonate with business people, pastors, and non-profits alike, which is affirming! Those meetings were promising and productive. The traffic in Nairobi? Not so much. I'm so glad to not be based in a capital city for the first time in many years!
On Thursday afternoon, I flew to Kitale and arrived at the Africa Theological Seminary (ATS) in the afternoon. Below is a picture of the seminary from Google Earth. I have highlighted the house that I am staying in, as well as the classroom where I will be teaching. I have a room and a bathroom in the house highlighted; the house has two additional bedrooms which are rented out to other visitors.
On Friday, I had a chance to meet with the ATS staff and was able to sit in on a class in the afternoon. This was a class for the BA in Counseling, and several students from that class will be in my class next week. They were giving presentations, so I had a chance to get to know them a bit, which was great!
On Saturday morning, we left for Mt. Elgon with a group of nine: four Kenyans, two Germans, one Swiss, and two Americans.
|Here I am, at the top!|
|The arrow shows the part of the mountain we climbed through to get to the summit.|
|Panorama from the Summit. Can't capture the beauty, but you get an idea.|
|We also climbed to the top of this bluff. Amazing view as well.|
|Panorama from the bluff shown above. Uganda is in the distance.|
I would be remiss to imply that this past week was all highs...there have also been significant times of wondering what I am doing here...do I have anything to offer...am I yet another well-meaning American imposing her agenda on others...am I qualified to do this work...how will I be received...many moments of loneliness...missing my children (Noah was sick this week, Hannah had a doctor's appointment that I really wanted to be at)...but that made the weekend even more sweet as I saw the glory of God and was reminded of His greatness, His creativity, His steadfastness, and His very active presence in my life, as well as the life of my children.
God is good, all the time. And all the time, God is good!