I am leaving Kenya to return to the United States for 60 days. This is my second trip to Kenya this year, with the purpose being to teach in the Grace & Faith Family Ministries International Bible Training Institute at Ematsayi in Western Kenya. I want to just list some of the highlights of this trip.
First, I arrived in Kenya on August 16, 2011. I spent the first full day in Kenya in Nairobi so I could get my Kenya Alien Registration Card and Work Permit. I was so delighted to see the card was there, and I have now legal status in Kenya! Praise God! On Thursday, August 18th, I took Crown Bus to Kakamega
When we arrived to the Ematsayi road, we found it to be nearly impassable. Fortunately, many leaders met us at the road, and pushed us out of the mud numerous times! I think I must have been stuck at least three or four times! I remember thinking, "I don't think we will ever get back to town again!" Once we arrived at the mission, we fixed some ugali and tea for the leaders who helped us, and they then returned to their homes.
After the convention, we held our second term of the Bible Training Institute. We had 23 of the original 26 students return, and added four additional first time students. A typical day would start at 8:00 AM with some praise and worship; our first class would start at 8:30. Each class goes for 1 1/2 hours; with a 1/2 hour break between the first and second; and between the third and fourth classes. On Tuesday and Thursday, we had a 45 minute "chapel" service, where there was great singing and sharing! Every day, classes were completed by 5:30 PM - and students were free to have dinner, and then complete their assignments for the next day. The students were so excited to be a part of the school, and we are so pleased they did so well. Graduation will be held on December 2, 2012 at the Annual General Convention.
On a personal note, I was also able to get the Mission House painted, the plumbing fixed, and the electricity redone so I could move into the house before I left Kakamega. We still have quite a lot to do in the house - as we wish to create a master bathroom, and a small open kitchen. Please pray for us to be able to begin work on these projects by the first of the year. The total cost of these rennovations will be under $2,000.00 - which includes new appliances for the kitchen. We are so excited to see our house come together in Kenya!