Saturday, March 7, 2009

Safe and Sound

I made it!

It was so easy, actually, I'm a bit embarrassed. Not much difficult about watching movies on a plane. When I finally made it through the line to get my Visa in Nairobi, sure enough, I was greeted by Taxi George who was holding a sign with my name on it!

He took me to the place I was staying, and I spent the night. I was up at 5:15 to be picked up by him, only this time it was his friend, Paul, who took me back to the airport, where I caught another flight to Eldoret. really short flight - about thirty minutes.

I was greeted by my dear friend, Renee, and Rachel - and also... Diana! The nine month old that has stolen the hearts of everyone here and that Renee is trying to adopt.

We went directly to The Village - which is the 52 acre area that Rachel and her husband have purchased through their ministry Open Arms International.

There are 25 children who live there in two homes with House Parents. Currently they do not have electricity there, but are working on it. The children go to school at a private school in town, but they are planning on starting their own school there at The Village.

I was greeted with "jumping hugs" by 4 year old Victor and 5 year old Gad. Precious little boys with beautiful smiles.

I am actually staying in town at the Guest House with Renee, Rachel, and Ruth. What wonderful women.

Some are wondering how this came about. I am here because I lost my job and needed to get away and clear my head, hear from God and get some emotional healing. I will be here until April 21st and then back to DC where I will do two tours and then home to Tulsa on May 9th. I have no idea what happens after that, but I am trusting that the One who does know will let me know when I need to know.

A Medical Missions Team arrives here on Monday with Rachel's husband, David, and I will be helping with that for the week. Also, they feed 100 street children 4 times a week, and I will be helping with that.

They are also going into a Women's Prison - I will be helping with that.

I WILL post pictures, I promise.

Much love to all of you - thanks for reading and checking on me.


  1. What a joy for you to be the Hands and Arms and Love of Christ to these children!!! Eagerly await the pictures. Glad the trip and arrival went well and without a hitch.

  2. love it, soh! enjoy every moment....

  3. WOOOOOOOW! It's so cool. I'm probably more excited about it than you are. HAHAA. The time is going to fly by so get everything you can. Empty yourself out so you can absorb even more.

  4. I can't wait to see pictures.

  5. i didnt even know you were going to africa! how great is that!?! also, i would love to read your other blog (you know...the member only one) so let me know if you think that could work out! :)

    will be praying for your time in africa!

  6. Oh, friend. I am so glad to hear that you are SAFE and seeing some wonderful children :) I cannot WAIT to hear more stories and see some pictures.