Africa’s other plague
‘They cover the sky like a lunar eclipse,” said David…
Blogging live from Nairobi, Kenya
It’s a warm and sunny afternoon in this East African capital. In just a few hours I’ll head for the Nairobi airport to begin the long journey back to cold and Christmasy Oklahoma.
It’s been a wonderful 10 days in Kenya, traveling alongside workers with Healing Hands International as they surveyed sustainable agriculture projects in rural Kenya.
We’ve traveled north to Lodwar, south, near the Tanzanian border, to Kajadio, and to the base of Mount Kenya, near the town of Timau. People in all three locations are linked by drought and famine. Healing Hands worker Ebenezer Udofia, a native of Nigeria, moved to Kenya in February and has conducted drip irrigation workshops in these villages. The farming method uses minimal water to grow crops.
I have a newfound respect for the Kenyan soil. I recognize its life-giving qualities when it receives much-needed water — and it’s ability to trap even four-wheel-drive vehicles when it gets too much water. (We were stuck in the mud for about three hours near Timau. A group of local Kenyans worked tirelessly to free our land rover — again and again and again — until we reached the main road.
We’ve also been blessed to see some of the works here in Nairobi, including the Nairobi Great Commission School, the Made in the Streets ministry for street children and the Kenya Christian Industrial Training Institute, or KCITI. On Sunday we attended services at the Nairobi Church of Christ Eastleigh, which meets in the auditorium of KCITI. After worship, we attended a graduation of the school’s ministry program. It’s a one-year program that targets experienced preachers, giving them education in theology and ministry. The school itself has an impressive campus, and I was thrilled to get to meet in person Lydia Wanjiku, who has served at the institute’s director for the past year. Wanjiku came from humble beginnings and was the institute’s first student. (See our story about her from earlier this year.)
Here are a few photos from the trip.
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