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Sunday, May 6, 2012

April 29 - May 6, 2012

It’s Sunday evening and we have to admit we are relieved that this week has come to an end.  The traffic has been especially bad and we have spent many hours (2-3 hours, three nights in a row) stuck on the roads once we get into Nairobi. The increase in rain for some reason ignites the traffic into a “hot mess”.  Bruce is not allowed to roll down the window even when he is justified in being angry.  It takes so much patience to stay in control when people start passing you up on the curb and sidewalk to get ahead. I’ll just change the subject because it’s  hard to comprehend.

We had great visits with our branches, good attendance despite the rain.  The ground is so water-soaked that there are slides of dirt and trees coming down into the dirt roads.  We made it though and we love it when we get there.  On Saturday . . . yup you guessed it . . . another baptism.  This week it was the Ilima branch that had 13 youth and 2 adults baptized.  Great testimonies were shared by many of the new converts.  Oh and on Sunday we were able to give Claire her Keyboard.  She is a returned missionary and plays often at the Kyambeke branch.

I must say that my favorite part of this week was teaching the young women and their leaders a new song, “Guardians of Virtue” They just love it, of course they just love to sing. There has been such a great spirit and they all want to take home a copy of the words.  Now the young men want to sing it too.  We plan to sing it at our Youth Conference this August with all four branches. Sweet!  

Claire received her Keyboard she is a return missionary and plays for the branch often.
Baptism at Ilima with our wonderful missionaries.  So sad Elder Patten is leaving for Tanzania
This young man wanted a better view of the baptism and climbed a tree.
The feet up in the Hills would have to be so hard.  They walk up and down not only rocky roads but hills, old and young alike.


The Ballard's said...

Is it a mission rule to not roll down the window or just a good idea for dad?

That is awesome about that cute sister missionary and her keyboard. Do you get to give out many?

I love that the boy climbed the tree. One of the perks to having them outside. I hate that you can't get the perfect view of such a special thing.

I leave for Denver with the girls in the morning.... talk to you soon:)

Fox said...

I miss you guys!

Jill said...

Hope you have a wonderful Mother's Day!