We get so stressed every time we have to go into town! - as it is so chaotic with thousands of people everywhere and hundreds of motorbikes riding all around us in crazy and dangerous ways.
For example, you indicate to turn right and a motorbike carrying two women and three children overtake you on the right!!! - as you turn!!! So many people we know have been seriously injured or killed by these insane motorbike drivers. There is even a whole ward at the local hospital just for these drivers.
But not just the motorbikes, everyone seems to drive as if there are zero road rules. Terrence says that here the only rules that apply are, "He who dares wins and he who snoozes looses". Headaches are the fruit of visiting town - every time.
So it has been quite refreshing looking for fennel leaves, marjoram, cumin seeds, etc. We have really learned to enjoy the little things and count our small blessings.
As you can see from the stories in our newsletters, much of the support we give to the people we serve is simply transport to and from meetings (which means we have to constantly hire a taxi as we have no car), logistical support - i.e. connecting them with the appropriate people, doctors, social workers and organizations - and prayer support. We also provide small amounts of financial support (e.g. food, rent top-up, medicine, etc.) when absolutely required - but this is an exception rather than a rule so that people do not become dependent on us. The main financial needs we see relate to school fees - and we are steadily gathering more-and-more children who we have helped get off the streets and into school. Please pray for God to lead you as to how you can help us to serve the Lord here in Kenya.
Thank you so much to all who have helped us. It's the little things, and little amounts, that make a big difference. It's like the story of the starfish.
It was low tide and thousands of starfish were stuck on the beach. A guy watched from his porch as a man waking along the beach would pick up a starfish and throw it back into the water. He watched amused for a while and decided to ask the man what he was doing. He pointed out that, as there were thousands of starfish trapped on the sand, he was making no real difference with the one or two he was throwing back. The man looked at him, picked up another starfish, then throwing it back in the sea said, "It makes a difference to this one".
It's not the thousands, or ten of thousands, around us in need that we look at, it's the one or two that God gives us to serve. Please get involved in whatever capacity you can. God Bless.