Partners, "at home"

Trip Start Jul 04, 2010
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Trip End Jul 23, 2010


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Thursday, July 15, 2010

Once again I returned to Machakos, to my sister church which has been renamed Siloam. Machakos is an outreach church of Bahati.  Bahati has spawned 36 additional churches (at least), Machakos being one of them.  Now, every time Machakos grows to a healthy size, it produces another spinoff church – 7 so far.  We had the privilege and delight of seeing a new church about to add two rooms and an office for its school. The church and its people are Kamba, a group often pushed aside in the area. It gets little help. The women decided, though there wasn't any money raised for the expansion yet, they could go ahead and manually make the bricks needed – all 10,000 of them, which they are doing. Quite a sight to see.  They took time out to welcome us, to pray with us, to sing for us, and to serve us tea, which was actually a meal.

Friday, I returned again to Machakos to stay till Monday.  Siloam is not a large church, at least not in numbers. They, too, are fundraising to add classrooms and offices.  They are part of a program called Compassion, Intl.  On Saturday, they provide two meals to about 200 underprivileged and orphaned children.  They must add their classrooms to pass the requirements of that organization. Their goal is to provide Saturday care, meals, and academic help to 500 children.  Friday, exhausted, about nine at night, we were off to the home of an Elder for dinner. Bed was almost at midnight.  The next day was a day to relax (sort of).  It was a chance to spend time with the pastor and his family, visit with folks from the church who were constantly drifting in to say hello Pat, welcome back – or more often – welcome home.

Rev. Bobby Ndungu became pastor of the Machakos churches in January of this year and serves all eight churches on a rotational basis.  The Elders fill all the in-between gaps.  His three children and I were immediately comfortable with each and I was Choo Choo (pronounced Shu Shu) which is Kikuyu for grandma.  His girls, 11 and 7 or 8, had spent a number of years in American schools while their parents were in the States working on Degrees.  Interestingly, the older daughter is repeating 7th grade. The admittance exams showed her American education to be behind what is expected in Kenya.

Saturday evening was party time with the Elders, gifts all ways round.  Sunday, I spent the first sermon time with the Sunday school children. I had brought a craft for them all to do and had forgotten they had no desks or tables. It was time to improvise. They stood and used their chairs and benches as tables and we all had a great time. Just picture a craft requiring glue, 53 children, and no tables.  Church was next and my sermon was with the assistance of a translator.  Afternoon was family time and I spent most of it with 3 year old Caleb, who was fascinated by my hair. And I was fascinated by his beautiful eyes. We now have a mutual admiration society going and I hope to see them all again – sooner than later.
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Laurie McKnight on

Did Ann post this entry? Sounds like fun -- please say hi to Pat from me too.

Edward on

Rev. Bobby Ndungu,
Are you coming back to Smyrna, GA? I need to talk with you ASAP. Please call me at 770-528-3094.
Thank you,
Edward

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