On our last afternoon in Kinangop, we went for a lovely stroll around the neighborhood.
OK - not really. I mean, it was lovely and it was the neighborhood, but my choice of words there conjures up something very different from what we really did. It was more like a hike through muddy cabbage fields, forest, and roads, to visit with as many neighbors as possible in a 2 kilometer radius. Or something like that. We may have walked farther. I was really lost so I have no idea.
It’s Sunday night, our third day at Into Abba’s Arms, and I am sitting on my bed listening to rain drive hard against the metal roof. We tried twice today to shoot Jane’s interview and both times we got all set up only to have the rains begin before we had even 20 seconds of footage. I’m glad we have two more days to do this.
It has rained so hard this afternoon and evening that it is like all the rain God held back during King’s Feast has to come down now.
The day after our arrival at IAA in Kinangop, Kenya was the day of Kings Feast. This is a party that has been happening for the past ten years. It got started because King, a frequent volunteer and champion of IAA, was particularly interested in seeing that the children had plenty of protein in their diets. Unfortunately, King passed away, but his legacy lives on in this annual celebration.
In Kenya, kids get the whole month of April off school and since it is also Easter time, it’s a great time to hold the feast. A cow, bull, sheep, or something is slaughtered and the kids of the community are all invited. This year there were 500 kids in attendance. It was nuts.
Here’s a quick introduction to the ministry of Into Abba’s Arms and an explanation of why we were here. I’ll have more pictures in future posts.
IAA was formed about 18 years ago to serve double-orphans - that means a child who has neither father nor mother able to care for them. In 2015 I got connected to the ministry when I served on an EMI team designing an expansion for them. Currently, IAA is home to 56 kids but they want to be able to serve 75. We designed a new dormitory and some expansion to a few other buildings. They are now launching into their fundraising efforts, which is where my job comes in.
We are often asked if our kids get to travel with us on project trips. The answer is, yes, they can, but it has to be the right trip. A lot of things have to line up (timing, money, client’s ability to accommodate extra people, etc.) and it is rare that they do. So far, Joel has travelled with us once and on his own project once, but there has not yet been a good project for the girls to join.
Enter Into Abba’s Arms. I was here in June of 2015 and walked away going, “Well, that one would have been perfect for the girls to be on.” It’s a children’s home so there is something for them to do, it’s safely walled in and out in the country. It’s up above the malaria risk zone and you can drink the water. And it’s Kenya, which is just all kinds of cool in it’s own right.
We are missionaries with Engineering Ministries International, based in Colorado Springs, and traveling around the globe to serve.
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