What a week…

Jambo from your Cornerstone Kenya Team.

This week has been full of time spent with the kids; big and small.  We took 2 bus loads of teen agers to a National Park called Hells Gate.  It has a natural hot spring, picnic areas and a hiking trail.  A Park Ranger took the group on a 2 mile hike through the wilderness that the kids thoroughly enjoyed…as did Lydia and Mama Lisa!  We went to a lake that we thought we were going to be able to let the kids swim in, but was told that none of the lakes near were safe, as there are hippos and crocodiles in them!!  I’ll pass.  We did take plenty of other outdoor activity toys for them, like Frisbee’s and soccer balls, and the kids had a great time.  They also enjoyed the hotdogs, sodas, watermelon and cookies we gave them as well.  For some, it was the first time they had ever had a hotdog.

The rest of the week has been spent on work projects for the home.  We finished removing the scaffolding from the boys dorm and getting it ready for the next phase.  The scaffolding here is made of tree trunks and nails; nothing like the modern stuff we have in the US.  It was a tedious process and a lot of hard work, but we worked as a team and got it done for Mama Zipporah.  We also took down their old basketball back-boards, constructed new, painted and set them up.  Again, not like the states.  These back-boards were just odd shaped in size, and not the same on both ends.  Our guys had to measure them, cut the wood and get it to fit into the odd shaped frames.  After 3 coats of oil paint, we were able to hang them and re-hang the hoops.  Another job well done and a team effort.  Our men put up two doors in the main building too.  You guessed it, not conventional sizes and had to be cut to fit!

A Pastor’s conference was held on Friday and Saturday, lead by Pastor Linn and Pastor Jojo.  Over 250 Pastors from around Kenya came to share the word, learn from each other and how they can grow their churches.  Cornerstone team members participated in various activities preparing for the conference and some team members spoke to the group as well.  It has been deemed a very successful conference and well attended.

These last hours we have here are bittersweet.  As we are looking forward to coming home to our families in Arizona, we are also sad to leave our new family here in Huruma.  We have been blessed in many ways here, and as stated before, I believe we have learned as much and have been emotionally effected as much as the children here.  Several of the children have given us letters of gratitude and love.  They enjoy writing and receiving letters.  I encourage you to write to your sponsored child as much as possible if you have one.  If you don’t have one yet, you can speak to the Cornerstone Office on how you can participate and be a part of these wonderful children’s lives.

We are heading out to spend our last hours here with the children and say our goodbyes.  It’s been a life changing trip and one I hope to make again.

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Lions, Hippos & Cheetahs…OH MY!!!

Jambo from your Cornerstone Kenya Missions Team.

We arrived back from safari yesterday evening to a large rain storm, so pardon the delay in blog posts.  We were able to capture what I believe to be one of God’s greatest pictures of art; the beautiful landscape is the back-drop to some the most exquisite animals on earth.  We were able to experience a cheetah hunt a Thompson Gazel.  The adrenaline of the hunt came to life as it captured it’s prey and then took it to a private place to partake.  It was almost sad, yet we all realized that every creature has a purpose; God’s purpose.  As ‘The Lion King’ movie says; it’s the circle of life.  We were also able to observe the likeness of the animals, yet how every stripe of the zebra was different from the next zebra and that every spot on the cheetah was unique to each cat.  God knows the numbers of hairs on each of His children’s heads and every person is unique; as is every animal in His kingdom.

This morning we had a spirit filled church service led by our very own Pastor Linn, or as they call him here:  Papa Linn.  He taught the kids that “we are better together” from Ecclesiastes 4:9-12.  Once again, he was amazing, had the kids very involved in the service and showed them how much God loves them.  The team finds it’s greatest rewards for us AND the kids when we are able to share in God’s word.  They pray for us as much as we pray for them and they are reminded often that there is a church in Chandler, Arizona that loves them and prays for them.  Thank you for sharing in that and continuing your prayers and support of the children of Huruma and the mission team representing our great church family.