Impossible!!!!!! but entirely made possible with a "little guy" 5ft tall, better known as Baba Chebet.
We met Paul one night heading home and we needed someone to drop us off. Having no car in Kenya means you endure lots of frustrations and inconveniences. You can be waiting two hours to be picked up by a taxi that is 15 mins away. You get sick of asking "where are you" and getting an answer of "on the way"!!!!
We had waited almost two hours when someone suggested he knew a reliable guy. He was there in 10 mins and drove competently and took us home. He kept time, was very helpful, polite and decent. We soon learnt not to call him after hours because he would be drunk and luckily he would hand you the keys to drive.
As time went on we noticed a few steady changes that he was making, he was clean and started dressing up and he got a better car (good for us too, more comfy). After some time we noticed he was not drinking. We had had a general discussion (not directed to him) with some friends re drink driving and the effects of alcoholism in families and a month later he told us he had quit drinking. The changes and the transformation in him were amazing.
Please note, we had not preached to him or taken him to church. He was now driving us everywhere so we were spending all our time out with him: where we went, he went. We did all our visitations, prayers etc. with him around. He also became our eyes and ears and we got a lot of local knowledge and advice from him. The thing that really got us, is he did not have the "us and them" mentality that the people we were working with had. We gave him more and more responsibilities as he was honest and trustworthy.
Paul's wife is a devout Christian and he has three very neat kids. It's been a delight seeing him breaking the Kenyan tradition of being aloof to your family and getting close to his wife and kids. The last conversation I had with him is a question he asked about ways he can spend more time with his 14 year old son.
Anyway, having Paul in Kenya is invaluable. Things get done in time, thoroughly and well. We continue to be effective in helping these kids and their families with a rare and caring touch. He went to see Sabatia the other day, having been told he was unwell, and found that he and his siblings had had nothing to eat. Out of his own pocket he bought some food and sat with them as they ate. 😃. We organised with a doctor we knew (as Josh has transferred to the wop wops somewhere) and he was able to get Sabatia his drugs and take them to him.
He dropped Rosie to school on time and got her birth certificate and took the mum to start applying for government support for the mentally disabled. The government is supposed to pay half the fees which will make it cheaper and easier for us (UPDATE: despite having all the correct documents, etc. the Government has never fronted up with this support - and it has now been over 8 months of constant badgering).
We value him and pray that God will enable him to continue.
His next job is getting Alphonse and Griffin sorted.
Cheers Baba Chebet.