This week’s lesson: The power of pulling together

Rirei in actionOur friend The Revd. Maritim Rirei has been very busy of late,  using us as two of his troops as he was thrown in at the  deep end and asked to take over a parish, Cheptil, that  was in the doldrums. There are 14 congregations in this  parish, and 10 church schools, so for many weeks he has  deployed us- along with his long-suffering wife, Tryphena – to preach and teach at these various outposts and centres. The impact upon demoralised and visionless parishioners has been tremendous, and it has been a real joy to make new friends, deep in Nandi County, their faces emerging from a blur of unknown strangers into recognisable names and stories. We share their pride in their communities, and enjoy the warmth of their hospitality and sly humour, often at our expense…

Confirmation (2)

Much hard work and travelling culminated on a recent Sunday, when over 100 candidates were confirmed, large numbers were inducted into the Mother’s Union and KAMA (Kenya Anglican Men’s  Association), and Sunday school teachers were commissioned. The sun shone and there was a great sense of encouragement and hope in huge contrast to earlier in the year. We were all given lunch too which had been cooked over firewood on the traditional three stones and tasted really delicious- always a welcome part of  such an occasion!


8 thoughts on “This week’s lesson: The power of pulling together

  1. Sounds like you have had a rewarding time. Have just subscribed to blog and am enjoying the experience! 

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  2. This is so encouraging to read especially as you say after a difficult year.
    However a question emerged… Liza is there any other type of wood for a fire… cooked over firewood!??
    David I hope you took note of the cooking technique I would like to try it at my woods next time your home.

    Love to you both x

  3. Thanks, Mikey
    The traditional fires are made with three stones , on which you put the cooking pot with slow burning logs underneath- good for cooking huge pots of food.
    The more usual, everyday way is cooking on a metal stove containing charcoal and in the towns often a gas cooker.
    Love to you all x

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