Friday, November 22, 2013

First Field Trip Of A New Era

I ended my time with Living Water on Friday and drove off Saturday morning with Drew Harding the new executive director of With Open Eyes to Namanga, Kenya to start the next chapter of our lives here.  With Open Eyes serves to accelerate the spread of the Gospel by empowering indigenous pastors with the physical tools they need to succeed.  

We met up with Pastor Simon and Pastor Daniel
Sharing a Coke and a Smile

and drove East to the gates of Amboseli National Park at the foot of Kiliminjaro for an outreach to the Maasai community there under an Acacia Tree.  
Drew representing three generations of missions
Simon bringing the Word

After sharing for a few hours under the tree we watched the sun set over the plains and reflect of off Kilimanjaro as animals grazed and just marveled at the beauty of creation in this part of the world.  At dark we moved further into the bush to set up for a Jesus Film showing.  Located with absolutely no one in site we fired up the generator and associated gear and people slowly tickled in from every direction.  The movie ran half way through as people arrived.  Once we had about 200 Maasai in attendance we started the movie over so everyone could follow along from the beginning.  This would never work in America but here those that had started from the beginning wanted late arrivals to see what they had missed.  We have nothing but time here.  The community wanted to feed us so food appeared around 10pm- great chapatti (tortilla style bread) and a goat and cabbage stew that was superb.  We wrapped up the evening around 11:30 with 40 people committed to joining a discipleship program and be ministered to by the WOE Mobile Messenger for the area.  As these 40 grow in understanding and number a church will be planted and full time pastor either selected and trained or moved in as a missionary.  

The ride back to Namanga was thrilling with all of the nocturnal activity at hand.  We nearly had a number of water bucks tied to the hood for billtong (jerky) processing.  And a family of giraffe cut it very very close.   

Local traffic conditions require defensive driving

The following day, Sunday, we rose early to circumvent the Namanga mountain range to the Tanzania line for fellowship and worship with a Mobile Messenger church plant that is progressing very well for for a different Maasai clan.  This group is growing in both knowledge of the Gospel and in activities.  They have a church building and a dormitory with thoughts of a school for the future. 

We each had the opportunity to share and teach on Bible passages we felt put on our hearts.  It was an absolutely wonderful time with our brothers and sisters here. 

Drew was in need of some new flip-flops so we stopped off at the boarder trading shops for some traditional locally made (recycled tire) sandals.

I will be supporting WOE in making an assessment of their programs in Africa to date: where they are, where they are going and how they can get there in a healthy way.  Looking into expansion of programming, appropriate ways to meet the physical as well as spiritual needs of the communities they are engaged with, etc.

Really a remarkable opportunity to serve the Kingdom and I am beyond grateful for the opportunity to remain engaged in the region.  

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Abundant Bounty...veggie coop

These are the assorted organic vegetables that I received today from a weekly vegetable co-op that I belong to. ( kids have not been as excited as I have to try things outside of our routine...veggies like kohlrabi,skuma wilki, rhubarb, arrowroot, and tetragon.  Better put my chefs hat on, every week is a surprise and all for only about $10 usd. 

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Last Field Trip Of An Era

Tippy-Tap Hand Washing Station

My time with Living Water International is coming to an end this Friday.  It has been a wonderful time of service since joining in 2007 and moving to Rwanda in 2008.  I always love the opportunity to share the field work with new prospective partners and those that have invested in our work year after year.  So, it is fitting that my last big thing with LWI was to expose a new potential partner, Stephen, to our amazing program in Uganda.  

We traveled to both work areas in Ruhama and Nyabushori counties with our interim country director, Micheal Hornshaw, to experience the church engagement, appropriate water solution, hygiene and sanitation promotion programs.  

One of the highlights for me was meeting a school hygiene and sanitation club.  They had great pride in the work they had acomplished around their school and community.  The surrounding area was spotless, their latrines were well cared for and tidy, tippy-tap hand washing stations were prevalent and being used by the students and they had a number of skits prepared to teach oral learners in their community the lessons they have been learning.  These two dudes had a cute message to share with me that they use to sensitize the community to what LWI is partnering with them to do in the region.  (apologize in advance for the quality of my phone camera)

Hygiene club teaching each other sound practices

Stephen shooting some of the 16km spring fed pipeline

Dan, our drill team leader had the opportunity to teach Stephen a bit about the drilling process and equipment we utilize.  As well we took the opportunity to travel along our 16km long pipeline that is fed by a mountain spring.  This project option was an answer to prayer in an area where high iron is a problem found in borehole water.

Oh, and speaking of health, we think we discovered why is having so much trouble processing customers back in the USA:

The White House or data center in Ntungemo, Uganda?