01-30-13 Kisii – Pastor Philip’s orphanage – Training Center, Cows and Poultry Center

Another miracle happened again today! We literally got on the pavement after driving on red clay roads from Pastor Philips home and the orphanage and it started to rain. We were told that if the rain got on the road, we wouldn’t be able to drive out for several days!

We are sitting on beds in Amy and Deney’s room, enjoying our yogurt from Nacumat, and it is fairly cool as it has now rained most of the afternoon. We decided to get food to take to our rooms since it takes so long to order dinner at the conference center and we also had a feast at Pastor Philip’s home earlier today. Pastor Philip is one of the original Kenyan contacts who I have been in touch with for the past 5-6 years.

His home was mud, like adobe, with a metal roof. The living room/eating area was quite long and they had the large, puffy chairs and sofas that can be found all over Kenya. I think there were close to 20 of us who were in the room.

His wife and others had helped prepare the feast. It consisted of ugali (tradition corn dish that most Kenyans eat every day – it was our first time to try it), a bread similar to a tortilla (and we had seen them hand-rolling them out in the kitchen/cooking room in another mud building), chopped kale, and then mangos from the trees on the property. It was a delicious meal and such a treat for us.

We were blessed to meet Pastor Philip’s mother, but she wasn’t feeling very well as she had fallen off a motor bike and had hurt herself. Medical care is not easily available and I wondered if she had broken bones. I was so sorry that all we had to offer her was aspirin.

Prior to the luncheon feast, we had visited the training center. The mud building was a classroom for teaching sewing and knitting on a machine. There were three sewing machines with foot pedals, and I told them that was how I first learned to sew, years ago. That led to my first career at a home-ec teacher where I made my own clothes, so they were very interested (and I think surprised) to hear that. They also had a knitting machine where they knit sweaters for toddlers, school children, and adults.

Next we visited their dairy and poultry center. They had a structure to house the cows, and then a large chicken coup for their many chickens. They are teaching all the orphans they house how to care for themselves and be self-sustaining. It was the largest chicken coup we had seen and was very impressive.

The orphanage for the children was also in the “compound”. One room housed the girls in bunks which were stacked 3 high, and the boys were in another mud/adobe building. Most of the children had lost parents to AIDS or traffic accidents, but I believe some had parents in prison too. It was a lovely place for all to live and learn together. What a joy it was to visit with all of them!