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Wednesday, September 21, 2011

September 20, 2011

We just want to say that we appreciate all the prayers and support of so many of you that are reading the blog. We love sharing our thoughts and experiences with you. Leave us a comment if you have a minute. We'd love to hear from you.

As our mission proceeds it seems that we are falling into more of a routine which is both good and bad. Bruce mentioned today that the shock factor is leaving us and the sights that shocked and upset us have now become common place. The poverty and begging, searching in garbage piles still really upsets me but I realize that no amount of money can answer the problems in Kenya. A member asked me today if I could help him with a floor mattress and blanket for his 5 children. I just looked at him and said I would love to give you that and more but the only things I can give you is my love and the gospel of Jesus Christ. I cried as I tried to explain to him that I can’t give to everyone so I must not start. He promised me that no one would know and I could only respond that I had committed to our Mission President that I would not start giving to the members. He just looked down and said he would pray for us both. He is so poor and yet he loves the gospel and his family very much. We then were told by the counselor in the Branch Presidency that there are two families that have no food and they are plagued with sickness. We left feeling sad but so thankful for fast offerings and tithing.

A herd of camels crossed the fast Mombasa Highway yesterday. This is the best picture I could get.


The Ballard's said...

I never thought about leaving a comment because we talk about everything on the blog either before or after:) Kyle Anderson says HI and Lesa asked about you both the other day. How did the camels make it across when people get killed? I can't even imagine telling someone that. We love and admire you. --you are getting a fun package soon:)

emily ballard said...

Love reading about your experiences. Derrick's former bishop from South Africa came to visit last night and told us funny stories about serving in the church there.

Alisa said...

I love reading your blog. It is so inspiring. A couple of Sundays ago Taylor said he misses seeing Bruce sitting by us in sacrament meeting. So I showed him the blog. Thanks for your great example.