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We Talk With Each Other
We visited Benson who is in Form One at St. Bridget’s Secondary School for the Deaf, near Busia and the border of Uganda. It opened in 2010 - and it’s the first of its kind, as a third of the students are from the surrounding community and they are not deaf.










Kenya July 2018


We Want to be Smart
Destiny Shapers is a new creche and kindergarten in Meru. It was started by a friend who was with Ripples International and whom we have known for the 10 years that we lived in Meru. What she did in three months to get her school up and running is truly amazing.










Kenya July 2018



She’s Sixteen and Beautiful
We met her ten years when she was in nursery school and in the Chemichemi program of Ripples International. Her home has no TV and she hasn’t seen fashion magazines; but she likes to pose for photos and to take photos too of her family members. The government’s “Last Mile” program has provided a pole in the family’s compound, but there’ll be no power ‘til her mum can pay for the wiring and connection.












Kenya July 2018



You are not Welcome Here
Going on safari in Meru National Park, where there are very few tourists, and staying in a banda, is almost liking going back a hundred years. The landscape is the same - and so are the animals - only we aren’t Karen Blixen and Denis Fitch-Hatten. We’ve gone safari many times - and have been to almost all the parks - and we have seen all animals. But every once in a while we see something we’ve never seen before - like two bull elephants challenging each other for territory.








Kenya July 2018




Meru Friends
We have a new young friend in Meru. He’s from Kitali, and he’s studying medicine at KeMU (Kenya Methodist University). Another young friend is studying at KIM (Kenya Institute of Management), and others are graduates in IT, Nutrition and Community Development.










Kenya June 2018


Elephants Everywhere
There was more rain in Kenya during the long rains season than there had been in 20 years - so there’s lots of grass in Samburu Reserve for the elephants, and they have stayed together in large groups. While on a short safari there, we were often surrounded by many elephants.










Kenya June 2018


Home Away From Home
Our favorite home away from our Meru home is Simba room in Turaco Cottage at Rondo Retreat Centre in the Kakamega Rain Forest. The forest is home to many birds - and Rondo is a quiet and peaceful place, where we can be still and know God. Our friend, who plays the guitar and sings, really liked Rondo, and he wants his church group to go to there for their retreat in December.









Kenya June 2018


Nambale Scholars
We spent four days at
The Nambale Magnet School where there are now 392 students in 12 classes, quite an increase from the 35 students that entered in 2009. All of the students have prayer partners in the US, and they will get photos of the children that they’re praying for.









Kenya June 2018




First Time Swimming
The Methodist Guest House, in the Lavington area of Nairobi, was our home away from home. We enjoyed living in the Bishop's Suite, with its balcony above the swimming pool, where we saw the sun rise and heard birds in the morning. Our young Life Ministry friends and their two beautiful daughters also enjoyed being there with us on Saturday morning - and then we all enjoyed having pizza for lunch.












Kenya May 2018


Long Time Friends
On Sunday morning, we took a bus downtown, and met more young friends for mass at the Basilica - and then had lunch with them at Java House. We have known some of these young people since 2005 and 2006 when we, and they, lived in Tumaini Children’s Home in Nyeri.










Kenya May 2018


Rossholme Babies
We spent two days at Rossholme Education Centre in Kiambiu slum. The Centre was started by our young friend, Joyce, and there are 100 preschoolers there now. Marilyn took photos of all of them, and a nurse friend weighed the children and measured their upper arms to see if any of them were mal-nourished. None were.









Kenya May 2018


Mama, Papa & Daughters
Five years ago, John walked Caroline down the aisle, as father of the bride, and now we are “grandparents” to two beautiful little girls. Caroline and her husband Paul met at Life Ministry Kenya, where they both worked then - and where they still work now.










Kenya August 2017


Brother & Sister
We got to know Christopher in 2005 and 2006 when we lived at Tumaini Children’s Home in Nyeri. Now he manages a Hand-in-Hand office in Nyahururu - and his sister, who was at St. Clare Girls School in Nchiru, near Meru, for her last five years of primary school, is now in Form 3 at Maria Immaculate Girls Centre in Kiambu, just outside of Nairobi.















Kenya August 2017


Mother & Baby
We have seen many mothers nursing their babies, even in church, but this was the first time for us to see a baby elephant at its mother’s breast. We spent two days in Samburu Reserve, and there we saw many babies and youngsters, including those of lions, cheetahs, zebras, impalas, monkeys and baboons.









Kenya August 2017


Mother & Daugther
We enjoyed lunch with our mother and daughter friends - and afterwards, they had fun posing for photos. Just last year, Makena bounced on a trampoline - now she’s a beautiful, tall and very poised young lady. And her mother, who attended Kentucky University a few years ago, is now the HR manager at Embu University.
















Kenya August 2017