Thursday, March 06, 2008

Living Water International trip to Kenya, East Africa

Hello Friends and Family,

It's a real blessing for Marcia and me to serve on the Living Water team and it’s special to be able to travel to different parts of the world to bring a cup of water in Jesus’ name. I get another opportunity this coming week as I go to Kenya.

Kenya has been in the news since the end of last year as they sorted out the results of their Presidential election. During January, hundreds of people were killed while 250,000 to 300,000 people were kicked off their lands because they belong to the ‘wrong tribe’. Last week, the two main groups signed a ‘power-sharing’ agreement. The violence has ended but there are still feuds and bad feelings between many of the tribal groups. Hopefully, true peace will return.

As for me, my travels take me to the deserts of northern Kenya for about 10 days. While there, I’ll travel around to document the LWI work done over the last 18 months. So, I get to smooze with the nomads, smile a lot and eat lots of goat meat. The chiefs usually cut the skin off the leg of the goat and make it into a wrist band. We’re supposed to wear the ‘bracelet’ to show everyone that the chief didn’t send us away hungry. It’s not real romantic, but it’s cultural.

After I finish up north, I plan to go to western Kenya, by Lake Victoria. LWI has a long-term project, providing a well, latrines, and hygiene training to over 10 schools. The schools use the water they need and sell the rest to the community. The income goes to pay for electricity and maintenance for the well and for school supplies. Great program.

If you would, please pray for me (and Marcia) while I’m on this trip. I plan to leave March 9th and return March 26th. My itinerary follows.

God bless you and may he keep you safe in the palm of his hands,

John and Marcia

I ask for your prayers. Please remember to pray for me on these days. Specific prayer needs:

- As always, pray for Marcia. John will be away for a long time and Marcia normally doesn’t sleep well when he is gone.
- I will be working in two different areas: by northern Kenya by Ethiopia and western Kenya by Lake Victoria. Pray for spiritual growth of the Kenyan teams. There was a lot of violence in Western Kenya and the people are still sensitive.
- This will probably be my last trip to Kenya as my assignment has switched to the Living Water programs in West Africa. It’s always sad to say goodbye to good friends.

3/9 John leaves Houston and flies to Nairobi
3/10-11 Arrive in Nairobi. Spend the night and fly the next day to northern desert, Marsabit
3/12-15 John meets with partner in Marsabit. Most of the time will be driving to the finished projects and documenting work.
3/16 Church, worship and rest. We will be with the Gabbra people, less than 5% are Christian.
3/17-19 Continue to work in Marsabit. We may be part of dedication ceremony for some of the sites. That means eating a lot of goat: boiled, roasted and/or stewed.
3/20 Fly back to Nairobi and then fly to western Kenya to meet with partners
3/21-22 Help arrange for new drilling projects and check progress of those started last fall. This is important because of violence in area over the last two months
3/23 Church, worship, preaching, rest, and site seeing.
3/24-25 Work with partners in Kisumu to finish projects.
3/25 Return to Nairobi and fly to Houston in the evening.
3/26 Arrive back in Houston.


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