Day 8: Weaving relationships in Naivasha and Kinangop

The instructor let the girls try their hand at weaving, and I tried to pull the wool. The widows' walk was so nice. Their pride in their homes and gardens is evident. Singing with the children was a wonderful sendoff.

Day 8 - NAIVASHA and KINANGOP

By Jayne Scherrman 

H.O.W? could I begin to describe the joys of the day? We traveled to see David’s work with the young men and I was overwhelmingly proud to be a part of this group.

At Children’s Garden, the boys I was with were in my thoughts. “What next?" and then I see David working with these boys at the age of my children. Praise God for this chance to give back. To teach these boys to be men and to be men who live Our Lord and can earn a trade. Men who will beat the system and in turn give back. 

The joy felt there was a mustard seed compared to being with the widows. Their love was beyond compare.

Each woman welcomed each of us and their praise in song and clapping welcomed us and I know know why I was sent. To serve these woman who have faced so much hardship and yet feel the love of Christ in every burden.

They welcomed each of us and praised Michelle and Jamie for their dedication and love. They honored the memory of Pastor Dawn Schnur (who was on our January mission trips from 2015-2017 and passed away last month) and shared as we grieved, so did they. They all gathered for Janet and Michelle as well as morning the loss of their own children.

I see now God’s grace working though pain and joy. It is an honor to help these woman. And I am blessed to be here.

The instructor let the girls try their hand at weaving, and I tried to pull the wool. The widows' walk was so nice. Their pride in their homes and gardens is evident. Singing with the children was a wonderful sendoff.

Jayne Scherrman is a pediatric dentist in Cape Girardeau, Missouri. In addition to being on this mission team, she provided 1,000 toothbrush kits for us to distribute.

"Together we transform."
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Photo by Jayne at Amani ya Juu)

Translation: Together we transform  Photo by Jayne At Amani ya Juu
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Janet Elliott is a children's book author, a graphic artist, and a medical receptionist in Cape Girardeau, Missouri. She has been on the January team each year since 2015.

In Kenya, you will notice that no one is in a hurry. As you drive along the road, there are people just sitting and talking with each other, children leisurely tending sheep, goats and cattle, women carrying babies on their backs. No one is in a hurry. Oh that we might carry this trait home and slow the pace of life down and just enjoy building relationships.

Day 8 - NAIVASHA and KINANGOP

By Janet Elliott

This morning we were awakened to birds singing. Our home for the next few days will be the Panorama Lodge in Naivasha. We gathered for breakfast at 7:00 am high up on the hill overlooking Lake Naivasha. By 8:30 we were loading the bus ready to head out to visit the widows in Kinangop, the village at the base of the Aberdare Mountain Range.

On our way to Kinangop, we stopped by the land that h.o.w? Ministry has purchased. The 7 acres is currently in the development stage but we are excited about the prospects. We also toured the Reached to Reach Out Ministry compound which is under the direction of David Kariuki, the husband of h.o..w? Ministry in-country coordinator Keziah. This ministry partners with h.o.w? and works to rescue young men from the streets and teach them a trade.

We arrived in Kinangop to a group of 30 widows greeting us with singing. The past 8 years, h.o.w? Ministry has been working with these ladies, offering training and blessing them with donations. Among all the “gifts” presented to the widows, they have commented that they greatest thing they have received from h.o.w? Ministry has been the relationships that are formed.

This year will be the 5th Annual Arise Conference held at the Women’s Empowerment Center that we built and dedicated last year. They are receiving more training on basket-making and spinning wool. Today, several of the ladies demonstrated their skills and offered members of our team a chance to try our hand at basket-making as well. The afternoon ended with a widows' walk to several of the ladies' homesteads.

In Kenya, you will notice that no one is in a hurry. As you drive along the road, there are people just sitting and talking with each other, children leisurely tending sheep, goats and cattle, women carrying babies on their backs. No one is in a hurry. Oh that we might carry this trait home and slow the pace of life down and just enjoy building relationships.

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