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Running Around Like Crazy

Sorry it’s been so long since I posted! I’ve been super busy these past few days and haven’t had the time. Everything is going well here, and tomorrow I am heading off to a safari.

The visitors left yesterday so the children were very sad. We did a lot of things with the visitors while they were here. They brought basketballs with them, and taught the kids some basketball down at the neighbourhood court nearby (about a twenty minute walk). I went with them, of course.

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Some of the locals were there; a public school was holding a track meeting. The younger kids as well as me and Loren, one of the visitors, were sitting on the court watching the older kids play a half court game. Next thing I knew, we were surrounded by curious locals, who wanted to know if we spoke Swahili, and where we were from. A few people pulled my hair; because our hair is different they get curious. In any case, I ended up standing up. It was a little unnerving how they were all surrounding me. It suddenly occurred to me what it must feel like for a celebrity; plenty of well meaning people, no place to hide. It worked out though, their teacher came and got them, and the locals went back to the track field. Actually, one of our boys ended up racing them later, it was quite fun to watch.

After Cindi’s Hope Academy had practiced basketball, we took them to some nearby Kerugoya private schools to play some basketball games. At the boy’s high school a mixture of the Americans and the Africans played for us, mainly because we have quite a few little boys but not a lot of older boys. I wanted to show all the students that came out to watch. They were taking exams but they took a short break to see who was winning. The school has about 800 students-for four grades.

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It’s hard to buy good sports shoes here, so we gave the basketball team shoes that people had donated in the US. Cindi also brought along Bibles for each of the basketball members.

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The next day we went to the girl’s school for the girls to play against. Since Cindi’s Hope hasn’t exactly had balls to practice with, they were pretty bad. They ended up having the girls play against the school’s B-team, and the boys play against the A-team. The boys won-barely. The girls were huge! Most of them outweighed the guys, and their coach kept telling them to be more aggressive. It was also funny to see how different they were from the Boy’s school. The boys in the Boy’s school were very shy and polite-but kind of stand offish. The girls though, they went to town! They especially loved one of our guys, Jonah. After the game all of them wanted a picture with him. It got to the point the girls from Cindi’s Hope were getting jealous! It was a completely different feel from the boys school, and the girls were hugging the boys right and left. I found the whole thing absolutely hilarious. (And yet somehow I didn’t end up with any pictures)

The day after that was Monday, and it was the last day the visitors were in Kerugoya. They left Tuesday morning to go to the school in downtown Nairobi, and we’re meeting up with them tomorrow for the safari. For the last night we had a Thanks Giving. Cindi wanted to thank God for having provided for the children, and having her family there, and etc. They brought up a pig from the farm (the one Cindi bought for a future school building) and we ate that for dinner, along with rice, French fries, coleslaw, and chapaiti (similar to a tortilla). If you haven’t noticed, they eat a lot of carbs here.

We went to the hotel the visitors are staying at for the meal. There is a little play area we waited in-the kids loved it. There isn’t any play equipment at the current school so it was a real treat for them. I prayed there wouldn’t be any serious injuries because-well, stuffing 50 kids in a 30 X 30 playing field is asking for trouble. Besides a few scraped knees it went fine.

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The Thanks Giving was great, only I got a very tiny portion of meat. Somehow I ended up with two pieces of fat, and a piece of meat the size of two thumbs. Then the classes performed memory verses and songs, and then it was announced that the visitors were leaving the next day. Quite a few children started crying. I was surprised; I figured by now they would be used to visitors coming and going. Grace told me it was normal for the children to cry when visitors left. I thought about it some and then realized I never did cry about such things as a child. I was the one who cried when my mother came to pick me up! So yeah, I guess I’m a little strange…

Oh! And I didn’t mention this, but it didn’t rain the entire time the group was here. Cindi told everyone to pray it would stop raining so they could play basketball, and the morning after they left it started drizzling again…

And now I am off to bed, because it is almost midnight and I have to get up at 6 am. I have never been a morning person and I don’t think I ever will be…I need to move to a Latino country maybe…or become an author and keep my own time…

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5 thoughts on “Running Around Like Crazy

  1. Lynne Daviet says:

    Annie, I pray that as the Lord leads you. You walk in further announting and are able to bless these children immensely !
    Praying for everyone’s safety!
    Praying for miracles and healings.
    Love, Lynne

  2. I really enjoyed the updates! It sounds like it’s been a full weekend for the kids. Just to clarify, did Cindi’s kids get the basketball shoes, and are they going to have a basketball team now? What a pleasant surprise for you that they like a sport you’re familiar with 🙂

    • Yes, before we gave shoes to the teams, all the kids got shoes first. And the visitors left the basketballs, so its possible for them to form a team, but I’m not sure if any of the teachers could set aside the time to coach them. So we’ll have to see…

  3. Price Wright says:

    Ellie and I just caught up on the blogs. It was a lot of fun reading how you see things and picturing what things are like. Speaking of pictures….you have some GREAT shots. I hope you are planning a slideshow and summary of your trip. You have it all right herein your blog and the pictures are really very good. It is a beautiful place. You have caught the raw beauty and the simplicity of their life. The children are stunning. Their faces are so open and innocent. I hope that the pace doesn’t test your patience. We are so fast here. instant phone, fast cars, efficient roads, most of the time, good pubic transportation and stores with everything from tomatoes to socks. Learning to slow down and just live is a humbling and rewarding experience. Patience for the trying times and waiting for the things you want most makes them so much sweeter and so you very much more grateful for them. God blesses us in His time. You are blessed with the cute pink room, water indoors, a good friend and food, even carbs! We are praying for your health, safety and the grace to serve the way He wants in this far away place. With love, Price ( Did your mamma tell you you have a new baby cousin? My brother and Lourdes have a pretty baby girl!)

    • Thank you. I hadn’t thought of doing a slideshow, but it is a good idea. When I finish the trip I will be sure to do it…as long as I can figure out how.

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