Yesterday we went back to the village where we had the medical clinic the day before. There we attended a three hour church ceremony. The people were very hospitable and even served us lunch afterwards. Then we went over to the home of our van driver for pictures and tea. After a long drive back we had dinner and were most happy to get some sleep back at our hotel.
As I sit here at the end of another wonderful day of mission, seven hours ahead of East coast time, I am struck by how fast time flies. Today we drove over to the home of Solomon and picked him up for a trip to a village East of the city. Driving over we were amazed at the amount of traffic activity as we took in what seemed to be an endless number of small businesses and what looked to be apartment buildings being constructed all over the place. The air was acrid with the smell of diesel fuel and dust.
We breathed a sigh of relief (literally) when we finally reached the village area that Solomon and his wife, Alice have been working on for years. They had acquired some land there several years ago and had begun to plant trees in what was a very arid environment. He estimates they now have over 300,000 trees planted and the entire area has been slowly transformed.
We first toured a school he had started years back. It now has 181 children. It has become a haven for the children and they are learning practical skills for making a living. It was a delight to interface with these wonderfully, polite little children. They seemed to be well cared for and loved. We also found the children were taught Biblically and most of the older ones had already accepted Christ.
We had opportunity to work with the children to plant a banana tree while there. We picked up several more trees that we will take over to a high school tomorrow and plant (another school Solomon started a few years ago).
Nearby we were astounded to tour a well planned farm area where vegetables were being grown and farm animals were plentiful. This was made possible by a well they had dug by hand a few years ago that is used with drip irrigation to nourish the vegetables and provide water for the orphanage. The vegetables and farm area make this place almost self-sustaining.
Afterwards we went back to the city, to the home of our hosts Alice and Solomon, where they fed us a very good meal.
- Jim Roberts & The East Africa Team