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.