Hujambo Rafiki ~ (Hello Friends)
As you can see I have been working on my basic Swahili phrases in preparation for my upcoming trip to Kenya. :) I have just returned home from vacation and reconnection with family after our "Sereika European Excursion" and am now in full swing prep for my Missions Trip to Kenya!
I wanted to take a few moments to say Asante Sana. Thank you so much!!! I wrote my blog post (which also feeds to Facebook) and from that I have received emails of encouragement and prayer, financial support, TEN dresses (so far) for the girls in Kenya (with the promise of MORE!!!), as well as additional fabric to pack and bring along with me to give to the women in Kenya! I can't say it enough - thank you, thank you, thank you!
I will be using the funds that have come in for the miscellaneous items that I need such as a Kenyan visa, gifts for the kids, and supplies that will be needed while in Kenya. Oh and just a note about the Kenyan visa - I just have to share - I had no idea I needed to bring a fifty dollar bill with me for the visa. I received an email stating that we needed $50 for the Kenyan visa. My first thought was "Uh oh, I didn't count on there being MORE expense", but I knew that the monies would be there when I needed them. The next email that I opened that morning was a notification from PayPal that a friend of mine who lives in Boston had just sent me FIFTY DOLLARS!!! While the "amount" wasn't big so to speak, the fact that it was a specific need met in the exact same specific way. TALK ABOUT GOD KNOWING OUR NEEDS, right?? Oh and just to "one up that" - this friend is NOT A CHRISTIAN but wrote a quick note and said "Just a little something to help bring LOTS OF LOVE to Kenya"... See how awesome God is at meeting needs?
I have just less than a week to get all of my "details" in order here. I am heading today to get my fifty dollar bill for the visa, shots at the clinic on base, personal supplies for while I am gone to include quick dry socks and shirts so that we can rinse them out and hopefully they will dry overnight, as well as gifts of candy (tam-tam in Swahili), pencils, erasers and other fun things for the kiddies!!!
I have also decided to purchase some jewelry making supplies in hopes of teaching a few classes to any women who would like to learn. They can then use these skills to make simple earrings and bracelets to sell to help support their families.
As you are praying please pray specifically that I would find good deals on all the items needed for this trip. It's my heart's desire that I could purchase atleast five sets of jewelry making tools and TONS of beads and findings. Finding them all on sale at ACMoore or JoAnn's would be AWESOME! :D
Ok - that's it for the update for now. I will be back later to let you know how I feel after getting all my shots....YIKES pray I don't get too sore! :(