Cindy got another update from Reba:
Humphrey’s car finally rebelled and decided it could go no further on those incredible Kenyan roads. Unfortunately it was right as he was about to leave town to pick up Dr. Stephen Lowe from Nairobi but another car (Benjamin’s) was borrowed and Humphrey made it to Nairobi. BUT….Mr. Lowe was in the hospital sick and was told not to travel so Humphrey arrived back in Chuka last night. We are very sorry to hear that Mr. Lowe is ill and understand he just needs a round of antibiotics. Even with this course of events, Reba accomplished all of her “to-do” list we left her with and visited all but one child on her list and made it to the schools. Polly, sponsored by Bob Chandler, brought him flowers as a gift for sponsoring her…..very sweet. They also visited with Doreen, sponsored by Jimmy and Katie Durham and the boy Myra and Mac sponsor named Dennis. Dennis was in blue jeans that Myra had purchased for him previously and he said to send his greetings to Myra and Mac. Reba also spent time with Linet, sponsored by Lynette Fisher.
She had to walk to Stella’s preschool, not too far from where she is staying in Chuka, in order to deliver school items to the students which had to be transported by Daniel on his motorbike. Charles (he was the builder of our first orphanage), Stella’s husband, was there too with their new born son named Jake. You guessed it, they named him after Jake Mell, how awesome is that!!!!
On a bittersweet note…..she had to say goodbye to the children in the orphanage today and they serenaded her with a song in Swahili and she said she cried all the way down the driveway. We all know that feeling, it’s so extremely difficult to walk away when you know you won’t lay eyes on them for a year or more. They will grow and change so much in that time.
Plans are to leave Chuka in the morning by 9 a.m. and head to Nairobi for more washing machine shopping. They located one on the last trip but found that a larger one is in existence and want to check it out for use in the children’s home.
Her foot continues to improve every day she reports. Keep Reba in your prayers as she makes the long journey back home to us.