Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Twins


One of our newest, very little, very precious, additions at AGC Baby Centre is Naomi. She has a twin brother, Jonathon. They are just 4 days old. Naomi weighs only 3lbs.12oz. Their mother passed away just two days after delivering them. Please join us in praying for Naomi to start eating well and begin gaining weight.




This is her twin brother Jonathon. He weighs 4lbs.4oz. Please join us in praying for him, that he will start eating well and begin gaining weight.

Saturday, October 27, 2012

Just Keep Swimming

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     I introduced you all to James in my latest newsletter. He has learned something new in the time I have been here. When I first got here he was sitting up, but he pretty much stayed where he was unless someone picked him up and moved him. A few days ago I noticed he was on his stomach and spinning himself around but still not really going anywhere. The other night I came back from a trip to Nairobi and I walked into the room he was in. He saw me, made a noise of recognition and then began doing what I called swimming across the floor. He has learned how to move on his own. He is now unstoppable. Whenever I walk into the room he is moving himself wherever he wants to go.
     Pray for him as he continues to develop. Pray that God would be working in the hearts of a loving family to adopt James.

Friday, October 26, 2012

Bethany Gets a Family

 
So happy for Bethany who left with her mom, dad and brother today!

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Little Did I Know

     Yesterday was quite a busy day. First thing in the morning I went to help with a Fun Day that one of the schools was having. I arrived thinking I was just there to help keep an eye on our kids and to cheer them on. Little did I know what I was getting myself into. Sadly I forgot to take my camera.
     We arrived and were led to a big open field. On the sidelines, rows of chairs had been set up for the parents so they could see all the games and excitement that were taking place. It seemed like yesterday was not that hot, but my sunburned face and arms tell a different story.
     They told us the first set of races would be horse racing and they needed to go get the horses from the stable. As we watched a group of children brought these tiny blow-up ponies to ride. The groups were split into their classes and by boy and girl. The first class to go was the Baby Class boys. As the children were racing they were encouraging everyone to cheer them on, and they made special mention whenever one might fall of and they would get back up and keep going. We cheered our hearts out for our boys. This scene replayed for the girls and for the middle and top classes of boys and girls as well. They did races with the ponies, pushing tires from one end of the field to the other, crawling, and many other things.
     Then they mentioned it was time for the parents to get involved. That we were going to do what the kids had just done. My first thought was that we would pop the ponies and second how might I be able to get out of this. Since we have kids in different classes there, we divided ourselves among the groups so everyone would take part. The first race came up and they wanted us to push a tire from one end to the other. I looked at the other person I was with and said I am going to come in dead last. I have never pushed a tire in my life. She just encouraged me and said just try! :) I grabbed my tire and went to the starting line and looked over to see all the children and other parents watching all of us. Soon I heard the word go and I was just trying to get my tire to go in a straight line and to not make it fall over. I did not give up, but as I predicted I was dead last by at leasst 20-30 seconds. I also participated in a tug of war. My group gave a valiant effort, but in the end we were pulled to the other side. I had already let go of the rope by this point because I knew they were going to end up pulling me down to where I would face plant on the ground. I felt bad though because that is exactly what happened to the mother in front of me and she was dragged a little ways before they called the other side the winner.
     The kids were then taken to a pool where they were going to have races. At this time I ended up having to leave because I was speaking at a local high school.

     Once I arrived at the high school I found out that there were other speakers already talking to the girls. It was a husband and wife from Tennessee.
     As I walked into the building I saw rows of benches, filled with young ladies. They were all sitting quietly listening to everything they had to say and were even taking notes. There had to be at least four hundred girls in there at this time, if not more. No one was talking, just listening intently. They brought along with them some musicians. Right before they left the one guy got up and rapped. The girls wanted him to sing again, but they were told there was someone else here to speak and that they needed to be heading somewhere else.
     What a hard act to follow. I was only there to share with the Form 2 girls, which from what I understand is the same as being a sophomore. That left the room with roughly 118 girls. I did an activity with them where they had to use team work and watch out for the others on their team. Afterwards we talked back and forth about how people on their team encouraged them or let them down, or were in a hurry to get to the finish line without looking to see where everyone else was.
     I shared with them my struggle the last couple of years of high school. I told them how tough it was for me. I worked so hard and my grades did not always show for it. That never stopped me from working hard. I would get discouraged, but God had a plan for me out of my struggle. I explained to them that I ended up becoming a teacher and how I felt God had placed certain children with me to help them in their struggle as well.

Verses I Shared:
 2 Corinthians 1:3-4 : Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves have recived from God.

Proverbs 3:5-6: Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.

     I thought my time was up, but they informed me that I had another half an hour to talk. So, I opened it up for them to ask me questions either about myself or America or anything else they wanted to know. The first question was if I had any children. Then they wanted to know my status: single or married. I told them I was single. Then they wanted to know how old I was. I told them I was 32 and they were surprised. The inevitable question then came: Why are you 32 and still single? I shared with them how I do not want to get married just for the sake of getting married. I told them I was waiting to meet the guy God wanted for me, and until then I was happy to be single. We had a lot of other interesting questions that popped up, but that answer seemed to be the one that surprised them the most.

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Going Back to High School

     This will be a very short post. Tomorrow I am going back to high school. It won't be the same as I remember. Especially since I am in Kenya, but also for the fact that it has been over 14 years since I graduated. I am going to be sharing with a group of over one hundred sophomore girls. Please pray for me as I share with these girls, that God would give me the words to say to encourage and motivate. I will be sharing from 2-3 p.m. I will share how things went tomorrow evening.

Friday, October 5, 2012

Blessing

For those who are not on Facebook, the following was shared last night on the Africa Gospel Church Baby Centre's Facebook page:


Pray for baby Blessing who is very sick tonight. Also pray for protection for all our other babies as it may be a very contagious sickness.

This next post is what was posted this morning on their Facebook Page:

Please pray with us for this precious baby, Blessing, for healing. We are on our way to the hospital with her now.

Bye Bye Training Wheels



     Today marked the last day of working with our language helper, for now. It has been three weeks of, what is in my opinion, some very intense instruction. Now we must continue using what we have learned and learn from those we are around as they help us navigate this new language. If you could translate this, you would be able to tell that we often would be talking about one thing and then end up on something completely different. The top was where we were learning to say I will have and I will not have. The bottom is talking about gifts. I asked a question about culture and that got us off topic.
     In three weeks we have learned (if I counted correctly) 170 verbs and different tenses to use with them, how to buy something at the market, how to order at a restaurant and many other things. Most importantly we have learned how to have everyday conversations with people. I  love to use my Swahili when I can, so do not be surprised if you receive a letter from me some time with at least a phrase I know or have just learned. I have enjoyed sharing with many of you, already, things I know how to say.
     Tonight we are going out for dinner with our teacher. For two hours we will not be speaking katika Kingereza (in English), katika Kiswahili tu (in Swahili only). Hopefully it will not be a super quiet supper. :)