Sunday, February 26, 2012
This week started with spending the Sabbath at Kyambeke. I was asked to give a message and spoke about trails and their purpose. Monday we had the truck serviced and a new windshield put in. Big trucks splatter our truck with rocks and chip the windshield. We also did the usual with groceries and pictures.
At the Fugi Films shop, Tecla and I are on a first name bases. This is where our children's inheritence is being spent on pictures.
Tuesday we were able to visit the market place and invite people to come to the Family Class at 11:00. Two sisters went with me and after a little missionary work we had 5 join us. Altogether we had 7 investigators and 25 members. After showing the three short Family DVD’s (previously talked about) we had refreshments and the missionaries went around and visited with people. We invited them to come back next Tuesday again for more information about strong families. Wednesday, we repeated the same plan but we had over 70 people including many investigators. We are praying that they will keep coming. After a branch audit and dropping off a chocolate cake for the Elders DDM meeting, we started a wonderful adventure Thursday at Kyambeke. The Elders Quorum President and Sister Lucy assisted us as we traveled around visiting 6 Families. It was such a memorable day. The temperature was mild and there was a cool breeze. The people were happy to see us and shared hot chocolate and bananas/bread. Time past so quickly that we didn’t leave the hills until 4:00. The traffic was terrible by the time we arrived in Nairobi but it was worth it.
Edward and Marys Home. He makes electric guitars in his work-shop.
As we passed by the school, all the children wanted to come out and give the white man a high-five.
Friday allowed us to attend Ilima’s Relief Society and Elders Quorum meeting. There were four speakers, who spoke in Kecomba (spelled wrong) but with the writing on the blackboard we were able to follow along. Tithing, Budget, Food Storage, Water Storage, First Aid/Medicine, and Clothing were all discussed. The members were taking notes and very interested. At the end President wrote: Work harder, Plan better and Store properly. At the end each family was given a metal bank to encourage savings. We are always impressed with Ilima’s efforts towards self-reliance. We wish this could happen with all our Branches. It was sooooo good.
Friday, February 17, 2012
Working with the missionaries, we have planned a day to share “ Becoming a Happy and Strong Family” We have asked members to bring someone with them next week and share in a day. We are showing a DVD that was prepared in South Africa by African people. It is beautiful and speaks to all faiths. We will serve refreshments and hope to have a big crowd. We want the villages and communities to know that the Church believes in the family. So will see how it turns out next week.
Monday, February 6, 2012
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