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Building up the church

and other mud sports

rain 27 °C

churchy sort-of news today. emma and i went to a pentecostal church that was recommended to us here in Kisumu on Sunday. It was encouraging as we have met our first friends! Some of them are white which makes a nice change as we can share some of the same cultural peculiarities together (although most of the whites are American, so maybe Im going too far saying that...). We were invited on Sunday evening to an American couple - Wayne and Mary Linn's house, and we decided to go because it meant that we would likely get good food (Em had been praying for spaghetti bolognese), stay out later than 7pm and have others apart from Dr Roger (the kitten) and each other to socialise with... It was a good call as Em DID get her spaghetti bolognese and we were able to meet some friendly people. It was Wayne's birthday and unfortunately we were all made to hold hands and then to share our deep appreciation to Wayne. One lady solemnly compared Wayne's gift of encouragement to a Bible chracter, although she got it slightly wrong, calling him a modern-day Barabbas instead of Barnabas. Barabbas was the murderer who was to be crucified instead of Jesus.
Anyway, now it means that my new best friend from this church is a Kenyan called 'Moses'. His parents are also very kind and work for the New Life Homes - an orphanage for abandoned babies. I wheedled my way into going along to Moses' football team's training which happened to be a full friendly match. I was a little worried as it was my first time to run about energetically since moving to Kisumu and the altitude is about the same as Ben Nevis so I didn't know how I would cope. I felt I played fairly well, so pleased myself, the only mishap in the whole game was when a cow bounded on to the field almost knocking into the keeper.
Rosalia had asked if we could help put walls up on its new church and take photos of the occassion. Her request was something that we were keen to take up even for the experience because of all the mud involved... It was a very good thing then that 45mm of rainfall fell the night before as it helped a lot with making the mud, although because of the slidey roads, my motorbike rider slid and I fell off getting there. Thankfully, Emma wasn't thrown off her bike.
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Posted by africraigs 12:59

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