Good Morning Africa!

Trip Start Jul 27, 2012
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Wednesday, August 1, 2012

This morning I woke up at 5:30 to the sound of that good ole rooster crowing away again but this morning there was another voice joining in.  There was a whiperwill (sp?)  bird that must have been very close by because the repetitive sound it makes was so loud.  I haven't heard that type of bird in years. There's lots of other birds singing out there as well, I find it very soothing.  No alarm clock necessary! Just nature at its best.

I can't remember if I posted a picture from our outside balcony so will attach another one anyway.  The view is spectacular as far as I'm concerned. Our God is so creative!  My senses are so full from this entire experience.

Onto another topic..I forgot to mention something about Veronica's neighbo rthat touched my heart.  There is a tall fence between the Belwop compound and the house next door.  I'll attach a picture of this so you can see what I'm talking about. The whole time we've been at the compound working on the structure, we would see a young woman walking up and down the fence line peaking in to see what we were doing.  After about the second day of this I asked Veronica if she knew this neighbor girl and is she friendly?  Veronica does know her, there is a language barrier though. This little gal is the housekeeper (if you have money here in Kenya, you have a housekeeper.) She does the laundry, cleans, does the landscaping, cooks, etc.  Veronica grabbed my hand and said come, you can meet her. I thought, this is going to be intersting, not much talking will happen in this introduction.

Veronica waved to the girl to come thru the gate and meet with us.  The girl was so shy she kept covering her face with her hands.  I asked Veronica what was wrong, why was she doing that? Veronica said she was brought in from a tribe from some other part of Africa. That tribe is very primitive so everything we were doing was pretty amazing to her and the fact that we are white was just the frosting on the cake.

Finally we convinced the girl to come closer..(her name is Helen). Young girl..maybe in her teens.. She could barely look at my face due to the shyness and I think she was afraid of me. Veronica said to give her my camera, she would take a picture of Helen and I.  I was wondering how this was going to work out.  But, with Veronicas instructions, I moved next to Helen and we took the picture. We smiled alot at each other, that was the only language I knew that would send a message of delighedt to meet her.

The next day, I saw Helen peering thru the fence posts again, I yelled out in a boisterous tone "Hi Helen!" and gave her a big wave.  To my surprise, she turned immediately ran to the gate as fast as she could, I could tell she was excited about something. So I took off and ran toward the Belwop gate and opened it..there she was, standing there with the biggest grin I have ever seen. To my surprise, she unfolded a little torn scrap of paper with some writingon it  and pushed it in my face.  She wanted me to read what she had on the paper. It was in another language so I had no idea of what it said ..and then as I glanced to the bottom of what she had written, the word AMEN in all caps was written. My heart pretty much leaped out of my chest.. it was a prayer she had written! I smiled and hugged her and she quickly turned and ran back thru her gate. I just stood there in awe at what just happened.

To me, that was one of the biggest conversations I've ever had with someone. She was sharing her God with me and her heart. I see God in this meeting.... When I am back at the compound..more smiles and hugs are in order.  I must find a little trinket or gift of some sort to give her.  I've found a new friend with no lanquage barrier at all. Thank you God for the small things in life that really are not small at all.  Help me not to missmore of them today!

Smiles and waves to you all!

Jackie
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Angie McCrea on

It's been so great hearing all about the wonderful children and the amazing work of God during your trip of a lifetime. Thank you so much for sharing your journey and exeperinces. May God continue to bless all the volunteers, the kids and all your works. We will continue to pray for you. Keep the posts coming - look forward to them every day!

Martha on

Jackie! I just read through all the days, and I'm so excited for everything you and the group are getting to do. I love all the pictures of the children and also getting to see the familiar faces of our team. I can't wait to hear all the stories and see all the pictures when you return! Love you bunches! Praying for you every day!

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