I've had that song stuck in my head since Sunday morning. Unfortunately, we did not sing it at church. Of course, we only sang Traditional Baptist Hymns Easter morning. But it was a joy to celebrate the Risen Christ with our little orphans at church. I got to sit next to Edward, our new orphan and we sang together. I am amazed at how good his English is - he can read like a pro and carry a tune at the same time!
Both good Friday and the day after Easter are declared National Holidays here in Kenya, and we desperately need some groceries...
Landon is stuck with some sort of insomnia...so he's had to cancel his climbing trips lately. Poor guy. He's trying to get back on a normal sleeping schedule and finding it hard to do.
This last week we had our first Kenyan visitors at Brackenhurst. Patrick came to our house to check his email, because the computers in Limuru were down, and we got to serve him dinner (chicken stir fry) and tea. He stayed for hours and we got to talk and enjoy each other's company - it was nice. And Easter day, Florah, our old housemom came to visit me. She came on matatu through the rain. We had tea and got to spend time together just talking - she wanted to make sure to see me before i leave for America. She and Patrick are true friends.
Landon is teaching one of our Samburu guards to play basketball. Moses is the tallest guy i know, it is so funny to watch he and Landon play basketball. Moses smiles the entire time and is learning quickly, as Landon is a very good teacher. Moses really likes Landon, and we think Moses is hilarious - it's great that those guys are becoming good friends.
When it rains, we get these terrible, monsterous flying termites that fly around the lights. They are so stupid, after about 15 minutes of colliding into everything (Landon thinks they might be blind), their wings fall off and then they crawl around on the ground. They're not little white ants, like the other termites we have, they're really big and brown. I think they are the most disgusting bugs we have here. They come out of nowhere when it rains, in multitudes! Truly. People here eat them. Once their wings fall off, they fry them up - i hear it is much like popcorn. Last night, Landon asked me to make him some....oh. my. gosh. I am not cooking those bugs in my kitchen, even if it is culture. AH! nasty little terrors. That's how i feel about that.
Today we are taking Patrick to Nairobi to pick up some bed-covers for the orphans. It has gotten pretty cold at night, here in Limuru, those kids need some more bedding. We have added another blanket to our bed also, which has been much needed lately as we sleep with the fan on (thanks Cori and Kevin!). Lately, i have been being eaten alive by mosquitos at night, and they wake us as they buzz around our faces and then we are unable to go back to sleep until we kill them because they continue to buzz and keep us awake. We have found that the fan is the only rememdy. I'm not sure if it blows the mosquito's away, or just drowns out their "buzz", but they're not waking us anymore, so that's good. Actually, i do think i haven't been bitten as much.
It is interesting, the way that the Kenyan Catholics celebrate Easter (i'm not sure if this is similar to the celebration in the states). They have a ceremony form noon-5 on Friday, where they walk around town carrying a huge wooden cross on their shoulders in a large group. The priests walk in front, wearing their garb, and they have a microphone where they preach redemption. We saw two of these demonstrations on Friday on our way to Nairobi, and Florah told me a bit about these ceremonies as she is a very devout Catholic.
We enjoyed our Easter as BMin staff. I made potato salad (it was really bad) and everyone else made their designated American dish, and we celebrated with much joy and feasting!! We hope your Easter celebration was full of joy! We missed you, friends and family, this holiday.