Friday, February 10, 2012

Africa Missions Trip

Home at last.  It was a great experience to go to Kenya, Africa for the second time.  Four of us traveled together to join a team of 30 ladies and men from all across America.  Our team consisted of Mandy Gregg (Midland TX), Jamie Elder (Taylor AK), Sarah Owen (Odessa TX) and myself.

We spent the first few days preparing for the second Maasai Women's Conference.  We had a medical team as well to tend to the health needs of the locals.  We had crafts teams, registration teams, two photographers, pastor's wives and missionaries. 

So great to meet up with old friends and make new ones.  When we arrived the Maasai guards and kitchen crew greeted us with their traditional dance.  Then we set about making our tents our home for the next week.  The new permanent tents were quite nice and roomy with four of us each having a cot with firm mattress.  It sure was hard to crawl out of the sleeping bags on the chilly mornings.  It is summer in the Maasai Mara but their evenings and mornings get down to 50ish.  The climate actually reminded me a lot of west Texas.  The air is quite dry and desert-like.

We were comforted by the fact that there is an electric fence around the whole camp perimeter to keep out the lions and hyenas.  We could hear the hyenas cackling in the night and occasional we would hear a snort from some type of animal.  Thank God, we never saw snakes.

Hope you enjoy the photos of our journey.

These slums are directly behind our hotel, The Utalii Inn in Nairobi.

We stopped at the escarpment, The Great Rift Valley on the way to the compound.

The night guards as they welcome us with a dance.

Honestly, I don't know...

One of our missionaries, Marilyn Ford purchased this cane at the escarpment.  She is 81 years young and thought she might need a little help from her friends.  She was amazing.

                   The Friends...

   The Whole Team from all across America...

Paul, our driver.  He gave me a Maasai name: 
 Nimayan, which means Blessed One.
Mike & Marigold Cheshier - Missionary Evangelists to Maasai
They are my daughter's in-laws and my friends.  I love them!  They are truly humble
servants of the Lord and put feet to the command to go into all the world to teach all nations!
Our cooks Maurice and Isaiah.  Fresh bread and fruit every morning.  They eat a lot of cabbage, beans and rice, so needless to say that won't be on my menu for a while.

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