A review of our week would start with Monday. After the devotional at the Mission Office, Bruce took me to get my hair cut and I came home and made Lasagna for the dinner Tuesday. Tuesday was our home visits with Kilili. Brother and Sister Kellem’s went with us to check on some of the home-made food dryers that 9 members agreed to build and try drying mango slices. One member showed us his large shamba and trees. We were so fascinated with the graph ting of the fruit trees (mango and passion fruit). They are quite advanced with this and they have developed a hi-bred mango that is very desirable and sells well. We were about to visit a few other families but the truck had a flat. We had plenty of willing helpers however. That evening we said good-bye to the Nevin’s who have been such a strength to this mission and a help to the missionary couples. They just seemed to have all the answers. They will be missed. Wednesday we met at Mitini. The branch President had another bad report about strife in the branch and a member sent us a concerned text on the cell phone. Bruce is so wise and does not over-react but encourages them to respond as Heavenly Father would. The longer we are here it seems the more strife and jealousy we see. So sad, it stifles the progress of the gospel. Kymbeke was our focus for Thursday and we had a fun temple lesson where we role-played a situation and then had them break up into groups to find the answer. It was great to hear them come in and report their opinions and a chance to see what they had learned about Temple blessings. I love those kind of experiences where you just feel the spirit strongly and so do they. Friday we were asked to take the Olsen’s and show them how to get to Dr Dogra’s Office, the hospital, emergency room, and the two chemist shops. The Olsen’s will be the ones to assist the missionaries with any medical needs so this information was important. After, we went to lunch and that was also important, well it is to me. Saturday we had the opportunity to go to Athi River, south of Nairobi. We met with Thomas Kasue, who was an early pioneer of the church. Elder Maxwell and his companion showed us the way to the church. What great Elders. They waited for 2 hours while Thomas shared with us his life history. I just get so excited and I love writing the words and hearing how the gospel was spread through Kenya. When we came home, Sister Pugmire cut Bruce’s hair and I started to type up some of my history notes. At 6:00 we left to have dinner with the couples. Sunday At Kilil today it was wonderful to be there but sad to see how the old branch President and his wife are responding to the recent changes. They have taken it very personal and agreed to come to church but they will not take a calling. They have a daughter on a mission and another son waiting for his call. It has been very hard to watch. We really love all of these people.
New pictures of Thomas Kasue who after being baptised, started church groups in BuraBura, and Athi River. He also was Branch president in Ilima at one time.
Athi-River missionaries with Thomas and a member. Elder Maxwell is one of our long time favorites. He loves banana cake. He and his companion (can you tell I forgot his name) showed us the way to the chapel.
The flat tire that took the help of 6 men.
Kilili's new Branch Presidency
Little Faith was keeping busy in Primary
Doctor Dogra meets the Olsen's