Tuesday, April 11, 2006

Top Memories of Kenya Trip - John Nadolski

March 12th through April 8th, 2006

God is alive and training me.
At the beginning of the trip, my prayer request was for the ‘spiritual side of the trip.’ God really worked with my heart, teaching me to rely on Him. As you’ve heard before, it’s not about me, but it’s all about God.

My Swahili is still bad - and it needs to get better.

The need for clean water is still great.

This picture was taken near a small village south of Mombasa. These ladies spend hours walking to gather water from a small, hand-dug hole. What do you see?
- barefoot
- hot sun
- open hole with animal waste running into the water
- dirty water in the bucket

Kenyan people need jobs, any job.
Unemployment is nearly 50%. To make it even worse, the country has gone through a severe drought for the last few years. Last year, there wasn’t enough grass/water to keep the livestock and there were countless number of carcasses along the roads and in the fields.

Marcia is wonderful and it’s sure good to come home.
Many, many people called or wrote to Marcia while I was gone. Our friends here in Texas kept her busy, too. She joked about eating so many meals that she felt like she ‘ate her way across Houston.’ Thanks for taking care of Marcia – and making her feel appreciated.

People in Kenya want a hand up – not just a hand out.
Here’s a water kiosk, constructed by Living Water International – Kenya. The project is in Kangemi, a ‘low-rent district’ outside of Nairobi (commonly called a slum). Over 300,000 people live in the area and currently get their water from a pipe (once a week) or from the river (they pay a $.03 cent trespass fee to cross a guys land.) LWI-Kenya is working with a donor in Houston to provide this well with kiosk and then the water is piped to four other kiosks. The local people pay $.04 per 20 liter bucket of clean, safe water. The kiosk workers are Christian health workers who can provide physical and spiritual advice.

It’s fun to work on several projects at a time.
While in Kenya, I worked on nine project sites, seven schools and two churches. It kept me really busy – but it was a good busy.

Christians need to help meet both the spiritual needs and the physical needs of people.

Too many children are dying form unsafe water (12% of the children in Kenya die before they reach their 5th birthday.
Nation-wide, 15% of the local people have HIV and/or AIDS.

LWI-Kenya use evangelists as part of their drilling crew, bringing water and the Word to a needy nation.

Prayer works.
Marcia and I both need your prayers. Thanks so much for being part of our prayer team.

Please remember to pray for us as we start our next adventure. Later this week, John and Steve leave to visit Phil in the Philippines. We’ll be gone from Thursday morning (April 13th) to Thursday evening (April 20th). We will be helping Phil and doing a little bit of drill training with New Tribes Missions in Puerto Princea (Palawan Island). While we’re gone, Marcia will visit Tim and Marisa in St. Louis, MO. (Thursday through Monday). We have a very special thank you for those who helped pay for the airline ticket for John and Marcia.

Again, thanks for your input in our lives. We deeply appreciate your prayers and we appreciate those who support us financially. Living Water has asked John to try and raise more financial support. Please let us know if you are interested in joining our support team. You can reach us by email or call us at home (281 265-4567). God bless all of you, John and Marcia


At 9:02 AM, Blogger Brianna Heldt said...

Thanks so much for posting about your time in Kenya!


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