Partners, "at home"
Trip Start Jul 04, 2010
23Trip End Jul 23, 2010
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Friday, I returned again to Machakos to stay till Monday. Siloam is not a large church, at least not in numbers
Rev. Bobby Ndungu became pastor of the Machakos churches in January of this year and serves all eight churches on a rotational basis. The Elders fill all the in-between gaps. His three children and I were immediately comfortable with each and I was Choo Choo (pronounced Shu Shu) which is Kikuyu for grandma. His girls, 11 and 7 or 8, had spent a number of years in American schools while their parents were in the States working on Degrees. Interestingly, the older daughter is repeating 7th grade. The admittance exams showed her American education to be behind what is expected in Kenya.
Saturday evening was party time with the Elders, gifts all ways round. Sunday, I spent the first sermon time with the Sunday school children. I had brought a craft for them all to do and had forgotten they had no desks or tables. It was time to improvise. They stood and used their chairs and benches as tables and we all had a great time. Just picture a craft requiring glue, 53 children, and no tables. Church was next and my sermon was with the assistance of a translator. Afternoon was family time and I spent most of it with 3 year old Caleb, who was fascinated by my hair. And I was fascinated by his beautiful eyes. We now have a mutual admiration society going and I hope to see them all again – sooner than later.