The Lord places special people in our lives. Friends we were not expecting, and friends that become family. Fabish is one of these people to us. This young man is bright, caring, and exceptional in so many ways. Although we are now on opposite sides of Kenya, he still manages to come and see us during his holiday breaks. The Lord has big plans for this young man, and we are so thankful that we get to walk alongside him to see them unfold!
Government offices are a part of life here in Kenya. From maintaining resident status, to having a work permit approved, or applying for an identification card, the visits to the offices can seem as if they are many. However, the office in Malindi has radicalized the way that we think about the immigration process in Kenya. Not only are they super knowledgeable, but they are always so kind to assist us. We recently had to go to renew our national identification cards and we were in and out and fingerprinted in 10 minutes time!
Government offices are a part of life here in Kenya. From maintaining resident status, having a work permit approved, or applying for an ID card, the visits can seem as if they are many. However, the office in Malindi has radicalized the way that we think at least about the immigration process in Kenya. Not only are they super knowledgeable, but they are always so kind to assist us. We recently had to go to renew our national identification cards and we were in and out and fingerprinted in 10 minutes time!
Fridays are generally viewed as happy days in the United States. It is the end of the work week and the start of the weekend. On our way home each day, we pass the mortuary. Every Friday without fail, the streets are lined with people, loved ones of the deceased who have come to pick up the body from the mortuary. In Kenya, the tradition is that the person or body sleeps one more time at home, after they pass away. So, on Friday the body is picked up and taken back to the rural home. Then on Saturday, the funeral occurs and all of the family is in attendance.
While Fridays are still happy days for us, we are reminded of those who have lost loved ones during the week. It certainly keeps us grounded as we count our blessings in Kenya and our family in the USA who are still with us.
During Ramadan, we were able to take Iftar (meal taken after sundown during the month of Ramadan) with the young men that Keith is coaching in football. One of the mamas helped to prepare the food, and we sat on the floor and ate together. This was a special night, not only because the food was delicious, but because it was a chance for all of us to fellowship and be united over a meal. We are so thankful for these young men and all of the ways they continue to teach and bless us.
This sweet couple is an example of stamina and endurance. Suzy just completed a 3 month stay in Kenya, serving the people of Malindi. Greg came for the last 4 weeks, teaching and discipling students enrolled in Nairobi in university studies. They are a testament of loving well, living out their faith, and imparting wisdom on others. Keith and I were blessed by their presence and so thankful to spend time with them. You are missed Greg and Suzy Williams!
First Baptist Church Hendersonville, TN continues their support of us and featured Mungu With Us in a video this week.