This report was one of the very few that was in English, something this person (I never did catch his name) is probably justifiably proud of (how’s your Chinese?). It was/is a little hard to follow, but if you pay attention, you can hear some Story.
On cell phones in Kenya. We noticed that more people than we expected have a cell phone in Kenya, including some of the orphans. It turns out that having a cell phone in Kenya is actually pretty cheap, in addition to being useful for business and for just plain human connection.
Here’s an article on cell phones and the “law of one price:” http://www.economist.com/node/9149142
The upshot is: we shouldn’t make assumptions that what we pay for cell phone coverage in the U.S. is what the rest of the world pays.
After the group did their presentations, and we each spoke, Reegan spoke. He had strong “you can do it” encouragement for them (hopefully, I got it on video, but if not: it was powerful). He knows what the orphans face, and he knows they are capable of overcoming it. I hope to hear from this group (“Barakuro Glory”) to see if they get crops next year, because that landscape looks almost Martian.
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On Sunday, we didn’t visit anybody, but we did attend church, at the Maua Methodist church (MCK: Methodist Church in Kenya). It was very loud (the PA system was turned up to 11). It was also very well attended. The minister is a former banker. He preached a sermon about “drive”: as a Christian, what drives you? It was quite the exhortation, and at several points, he interrupted his sermon to check to see if we were listening. “Hello? Is there anybody here today?” I think we were all stunned by the PA system, which may have been turned up so loud so that it could be heard out in the street, over the traffic.
He called our little missioneer group up to the front of the church to introduce ourselves and say a little something about our trip. I suppose one must always have an elevator speech, ready to go at the drop of a hat.
After church (between the 2nd and 3rd services), we visited with the minister and several of the church’s leading members, including the church’s chairman. (I probably didn’t get that quite right; head layperson, at any rate.) We had tea and biscuits. It was very pleasant, and, I felt, an honor.
After we left the church, several of us had expressed an interest in walking around the town of Maua, just to see what we could see. Carolyne, the wife of the minister, just happens to work for ZOE, and she agreed to walk us around. It was “interesting”.
So, our mission trip to Kenya had two purposes:
- Represent our church to the orphans of our working group.
- Represent our working group to our church. To that end, here’s the first big step in that direction: Our church newsletter.