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Kitale, Kenya

Jan 26th 2010

We left Sudan just a few short days ago  and now find ourselves in Kitale, Kenya. The weather of Kitale has been a welcoming change as it is in the 50’s at night and mid 70’s to low 80’s during the day. Kitale sits at the base of Mt. Elgon which has the largest circumference of any free standing mountain in the world. Some say before it blew its lid it was larger than Mt. Kilimanjaro. None the less we love the scenery that it provides.

When we arrived at the children’s home we didn’t quite know what to expect. Were the kids mad and angry, were they shy and quiet, would they welcome us? The 45 kids here at the home are incredible; each with a unique story. Orphaned because of AIDS, war and disease, left abandoned in a ditch at just a few days old – the stories are heart breaking. We haven’t been here long enough to see any long term emotional effects of the kids, but from talking to Nancy and Bosco (mama and dada) what we see is how it is. They are a big loving family looking after each other in a brother’s keeper type motto.

On the first night the time came for sleeping arrangements. Mama (on the girl’s side) showed us her room and offered it to us for the week. The room came with a bathroom, hot shower, closet, airy windows and of course a pair of two year olds. Yes a pair of two year olds, after all we were at a children’s home. We told mama that she could have the week off as it was the least we could do for sharing her room. So for the next several days we took to Ian and Linda as they were our own. Not hard to do when you are talking about two of the cutest little kids we had ever seen. Meals, story time, baths and playing it has been one of the most enjoyable times in Africa.

Each time we look at the faces of these children it’s hard not to remember their story. You want to believe that this is just summer camp and they will soon return home. But the truth is they will grow up in the home…together. Some like Ian and Linda from the time they were 2 weeks to others that came in at the age of 10 or 11. This is their family.  

All Amy and I can do in the short time we are here is to give as much love as we can. You shouldn’t have to teach a 2 year old how to hug, but if that is the one thing we accomplish while we are here praise God.

We still have a few more days in the home. I can’t wait for Amy to share the stories of her adopting a puppy, sitting and talking with the girls as they ask her question after question, meal times, and maybe the most precious, seeing 4 little toddlers holding hands walking each other to nursery school.

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  1. Laura Sharkey
    January 28, 2010 at 6:45 am

    Well Done Matt and Amy – you should be so proud of yourselves! It is such great work you are doing – it beats sitting at a desk everyday number crunching!

  2. mom
    January 28, 2010 at 9:14 am

    Bring Ian and Linda home, no puppy though!! I promise to keep them for summer breaks… and sammy too.. Oh,you continue to make me cry.. with a smile..
    Love and miss you,
    Mom
    p.s. Don’t let dad know I made that promise, I might have to come live with you in Tennessee..

  3. SUE GLOVER
    January 28, 2010 at 9:22 am

    YOU ROCK ! YOU GLORIFY GOD WITH A SMILE ON YOUR FACE AND LOVE IN YOUR HEART AND THAT IS THE BEST THING THERE IS !

  4. Melanie
    January 28, 2010 at 11:42 pm

    absolutely stinkin’ killing me to not be there…

  5. BDR
    January 29, 2010 at 6:21 pm

    great pictures! sounds like a change for you guys, but a good one. Enjoy this part of your trip! Miss you. It’s snowing buckets right now.

  6. February 4, 2010 at 10:22 pm

    What an amazing time… how precious! you guys rock!

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