Day 9: Our 5th Arise Women’s Conference

A good way to describe today is that we laughed a lot, learned a lot, and praised the Lord. The joy from the widows truly is incredible, and it is a blessing to see how the Lord shines through each and every one of them.

By Mackenzie Harrell

Day 9 - KINANGOP

Today started with a team breakfast and a wonderful devotion by Jayne.

Soon after that we headed to see the widows. As soon as we arrived they welcomed us with a beautiful song and dancing outside of the h.o.w? building! Each woman had on her shirt for the Arise Conference and a name tag to match.

After praying and reading some scripture from Isaiah, we all went outside to learn how to clean wool and dye it to use it to make tapestries. Maxwell, who is an expert in this line of work, helped us clean the wool that had been spun and then dye it into a vibrant blue color.

After we dyed the wool, we watched a sheep get sheared, and we also learned how to start the baskets that the widows make. Each basket is unique and beautiful. It was amazing to see each woman pick the exact color she wanted.

After a yummy lunch, we all gathered together outside to play games and spend time enjoying each others' company. Seeing the joy on the women’s faces when we played “Little Sally Walker” was a special treat. They really loved that game.

Later in the afternoon, we went on the "widows' walk" to see a few more of their homes. We even got to pick some plums off a plum tree.

At around 4 in the afternoon we headed back to Naivasha to shower and get ready for dinner. At dinner we meet the beautiful Princess, who will be our featured speaker at the conference tomorrow.

A good way to describe today is that we laughed a lot, learned a lot, and praised the Lord. The joy from the widows truly is incredible, and it is a blessing to see how the Lord shines through each and every one of them.

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Mackenzie Harrell is a sophomore studying Nutrition and Dietetics at the University of Arkansas, where she is a member of Pi Beta Phi and Razorback Food Recovery.

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