It’s been a busy few weeks since we last wrote. We spent Palm Sunday at the Cathedral in Barcelona having used our air miles (smug moment!) to pay for the flights so that we could have a long weekend there. We really loved the place. Easter … Continue reading A busy few weeks
When Liza was growing up her parents had a print in their living room of a famous painting of springtime in Paris…..in fact it still hangs today above the mantelpiece in Liza’s Mum’s flat. It was always a source of hope to look at it- … Continue reading Springtime
This final week has been one of tying up loose ends. Revd. Evelyn and I worked through the paperwork from the distribution and we also began to put together a waiting list for whenever we have another distribution. Then the guesthouse was cleaned ready for … Continue reading Distribution Diary 23.2.17
This Wheels for the World team was our largest yet and it was so good to meet some new team members and also to welcome back familiar faces, several returning for their third visit. They worked tirelessly. Well to be honest as it was at the end of their trip they were already quite tired but so utterly professional, cheerful and caring.
As ever there were some very complex cases- one child had to be sent away to await another year’s distribution as we didn’t have a wheelchair which could be properly adapted.
However as in previous years we found that some of the more specialist chairs were just right for certain clients, a scenario which always has a very special sense of providence. We served all our visitors lunch and they were able to receive counselling and prayer if they so wished.
There were many tears but many more smiles and we are deeply thankful to have been able to play our part in helping to meet the needs of a very marginalised group of people.
Without doubt, hope prevails. As one of the members of the CBR Board of Trustees said:
“A bird builds its nest one piece of grass at a time”
The guest rooms are prepared, we’ve bought all the food for the lunches during the distribution and we’ve called all the wheelchair recipients- we are good to go. The Wheels for the World team will arrive tomorrow lunch time and they will see the first … Continue reading Distribution Diary 14.2.17
This first week has flown by- we’ve achieved a lot so I’m tired but happy as I go into the weekend. Revd. Evelyn and I worked together to collate the client assessment forms which she has been completing over the last few months. I then identified which wheelchairs we might need and sent the information on to the Wheels for the World team who are now safely ensconced at Kimilili.
I had a wonderful reunion on Tuesday with our friend Revd. Maritim Rirei. (On the right)
He was our mentor when we first arrived in Kenya in 2012 and our colleague during all our initial peace work here. He has returned to Kenya from South Africa where he was doing research for his Doctorate and he is now teaching at St Paul’s Theological College in Kapsabet. I brought over some books for the students and have been invited to visit the college during my final week here to present the books and give a talk on “The Holistic Mission of the Church”.
Thankfully the talk will be in English as that’s the language used in higher education here. So in addition to preparing for and helping to carry out the wheelchair distribution, I will now need to find time to think about what on earth I will say to those poor students….
Kenya is currently holding its breath and waiting for the long rains. There are already considerable food shortages in the more arid areas as the last rains were not sufficient. This is always a stressful time for those farmers who don’t have irrigation and it’s currently a matter of urgent prayer in all the churches.
One final piece of very special news. Our grandson Huxley has had his feeding tube removed and Christina and James will hopefully be taking him home soon- it’s four weeks today since his very traumatic arrival in this world. Much rejoicing from all of us!
What a lovely few days I have had reconnecting with friends and colleagues and enjoying being back in this vibrant place. My trip to Safaricom on Saturday was an eye-opener. In the ten months we have been away they have really upped their game. We … Continue reading Distribution Diary 7.2.17