Sitting in Heathrow Airport in London awaiting my flight to Nairobi for the second phase of this trip. Left my father and wife, Kathy, last evening in Amsterdam as they flew back to the US.
To be honest, I was quite tempted to go with them. After such a wonderful time with them, I am feeling a little lonely and apprehensive about the next 5+ weeks in Kenya.
Yes, I have been there many times before and am so excited about what God continues to do through the HIV Educator seminars He allows me to facilitate. But the truth is that every time I go overseas, in fact every time a
new seminar starts, there is a sense of apprehension not knowing what the seminar will be like.
This is a wonderful opportunity to exercise the faith He has given me. These seminars really keep me on my knees and I so appreciate all of the people around the world also pray for the participants in each seminar and for me. Thank you so much!
WRITTEN OVER THE DESERT OF SUDAN AT 36,000 FEET
On the way to Nairobi I have watched two remarkable movies that have often made my eyes leak. The first was The Lady, the amazing story of Ang San Suu Kui, the leader of the democracy movement in Burma (Myanmar), a country Kathy and I have grown to love through our visits there. The other is one I didn't expect to like, War Horse. It, too, is a remarkable film I can recommend for your watching.
The only problem is that this has meant that I have not gotten much sleep while flying. Well, we are still two hours from scheduled arrival time. So, I will try to get a little sleep.
Again, thanks so much for your prayers!
FROM A SMALL VILLAGE NEAR KERICHO, KENYA May 8
Still no internet access so will be posting several entries all at once.
I am in tea country. They grow the wonderful Kenya tea here because the climate is perfect for tea. What that means right now is that it is cold and wet. It has rained heavily every day.
I am beginning to lose my voice and feeling like I am getting a cold. Pray for my healing and strength. Part of what I am experiencing includes diarrhea. It is not uncommon when traveling but normally happens later in a trip, not the first week. It is challenging because here in the village the toilet is a hole in the ground and my aim is not very good. So, I am often making a real mess which is so embarrassing!
Normally I like to have about 20 people in the sdeminars. Yesterday we had only 10 for the first day. Today there were 17 which is a good number. I wish they would allow someone to translate for me because I am certain several of the people would understand more if it was translated. But they take pride in being able to understand English and so have forcefully said they do not need translation.
God is doing wonderful things through the seminar. People are so excited about what He is teaching and gaining great confidence already about their ability to make a real difference through their teaching.
I am still feeling homesick because of the wonderful time Kathy, my Dad, and I had on our crossing. But, as we get into the seminar, that is becoming more bearable.
FROM KERICHO, KENYA 10 May
We will finish the seminar tomorrow but today I came to the larger city to have access to print out some things for the seminar. While here I decided to get a haircut because it was one of the things that got lost in the shuffle of preparing for this trip. I was concerned that an African barber would not know what to with straight hair, but he did a masterful job (he's a perfectionist) for only about $1.30. I may wait until I get to Africa for haircuts in the future!
Please pray for me. I am ill. In fact, my voice is almost totally gone. That is not good for someone in my line of work. They took me to a doctor yesterday who gave me a prescription for an antibiotic. I am feeling better today but my voice is worse. Must be one of those "it has to get worse before it gets better things." I am scheduled to preach on Sunday and start a new seminar on Monday. So, pray for God to touch my throat so that I can fulfill these commitments.