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Wednesday, July 18 2012

ALL;

Just got off the phone with the clearing agent.  The truck and container are on their way to Nairobi now. Because the container could not get there last night and the TEAM has left to go back to Nairobi to begin their Journey home, Humphrey wisely decided to postpone the delivery until Sat.  It would not be possible for the container to be delivered before Sat. because no one will be there to handle it.

Therefore the journey continues for GOD’s Little Ark which HE made arrangements for and He will have it delivered in HIS TIMING not ours.

Dickson

Posted by: CT AT 06:23 pm   |  Permalink   |  Email
Wednesday, July 18 2012
This was Myra's last call from Chuka as they are leaving at 6am for Nairobi in the morning.  They will stay at Lucy's B&B Thursday night and go to the airport Friday morning.

They spend today at the orphanage with the children and said their goodbys. 

She said they would be able to relax when they get on board the KLM plane in Amsterdam.  There is only a one hour layover from when the Kenya Air flight is due to land and KLM is due to take off.  They plan to run through the airport. 

Posted by: Ct AT 06:21 pm   |  Permalink   |  Email
Wednesday, July 18 2012

Andy is busy building EllyJoy a new clothes line in a different location because the current one does not receive enough sunlight.  Go Andy!!  Total cost of the project is 5400 shillings which amounts to about $73.

They plan to spend the evening at the orphanage with another "project" for the kids and will be leaving around 6 a.m.  tomorrow for Nairobi in order to meet up with Moffatt and visit our sponsored children there.  They will also be going to Hot Point in order to get some assistance with the washer and dryer combo unit that serves the home.

Malaria is taking a toll again on a few of our Kenya folks.  Millicent and Victor, children who live in the home, both have it and are receiving meds today at the hospital along with Helen and Freschia who are two of our board members.  Pray for their quick recovery because malaria is so rough on the body that your body puts all its energy into dealing with it and can cause you to stop growing and developing temporarily.

Reba said they are looking forward to being home soon.  She will be bringing a copy of the DVD of Daniels wedding for us all to see....can't believe he is a married man!  What a catch he is.  We are so excited for him!

Cindy

Posted by: Cindy AT 08:39 am   |  Permalink   |  Email
Tuesday, July 17 2012

From Mack - "They were at the school in Cheera this morning and Myra called to let each child in the class talk with me to say Hello. What a 'joy' it was to hear their voices at 4:30 this morning."

They expect to spend tomorrow at the orphanage with the children before leaving for Nairobi Thursday morning.  This means they will miss the arrival of the container.  They hate to miss seeing it role into town....so close. But this will give Alan and Jennifer Gruber a huge project for their trip in a few weeks.

Posted by: Cindy AT 04:21 pm   |  Permalink   |  Email
Tuesday, July 17 2012

PLEASE CONTINUE TO PRAY FOR THE CONTAINER.

Talked with the Clearing agent and the CONTAINER is out of the port of Mombasa, however, the truck that is carrying it only made it a few miles out of Mombasa to the first RIVER BRIDGE CROSSING and it broke down.

They have been working on it for hours and if it is not repaired in another hour the Trucking Company will dispatch another truck to change out and continue to Chuka.

As it stands now it will not get to CHUKA until sometime tomorrow. It is already 8:22 p.m. in Mombasa, KENYA.

Humphrey has been notified and we had the trucking Company call to explain the details to Humphrey.

For a container which was suppose to have arrive d May 18th we sure have been attacked from every angle just to get this far, so PLEASE KEEP PRAYING God has a Plan and we don’t know what it is.

I don’t KNOW what the FUTURE FOR THIS CONTAINER IS but I do KNOW WHO HOLDS OUR FUTURE. MAY GOD’S WILL BE DONE!

Posted by: Cindy AT 04:19 pm   |  Permalink   |  Email
Monday, July 16 2012

Myra called to say that they attended a local church and each taught a Sunday School class then went to the Destination Hotel for lunch. Later went to the orphanage and played cards with the children.

Yesterday Reba, Andy, and Humphery went to Muru to visit a sponsored girl who hadn't been seen in three years. She is in a boarding school and hadn't seen her mother in three years. They were able to take the mother on the trip.

Friday they visited Chera for Chera Connection Day where they visited several children. Myra was able to visit with Dennis, our sponsored child, at this house.

They were in a blackout when she called, apparently a common condition when the power goes off in the area.

Sunday night and still no container. Myra had me call Dixon who tried but wasn't able to contact Alice to check the status. In theory it was loaded on the truck Saturday morning and should have arrived today.

They will leave Chuka early Thursday for Nairobi where they will meet with the six sponsored children in that area. They will spend the night at the B&B in town before going to the airport Friday morning.

Mack

Posted by: Cindy AT 06:50 am   |  Permalink   |  Email
Friday, July 13 2012
Andy took the inop. washing machine from the orphanage to Nairobi to get it fixed under warranty. They have to send it to some repair shop and will deliver it back to the orphanage.

Tomorrow they plan to take the children to some local park to play soccer, badminton, etc.They understand that the container will arrive in Chuka on Saturday and have several people waiting to help unload and have a truck ready to deliver the hospital things.

Wednesday they went back to Tharaka and delivered water and food that Myra and Reba had purchased. She said the children were sooooo thankful and kept saying God Bless You.
Posted by: Cindy AT 06:48 am   |  Permalink   |  Email
Monday, July 09 2012

Myra just called (Sunday) and they are all doing well.

Today was a relaxing day since Reba didn't sleep well last night. They attended Humphery's church and each taught a sunday school class then returned to the orphanage to be with the children. Reba needed to rest.
Tomorrow they plan to visit the pre-school and continue working on the old containers, hanging bicycles, etc on the walls. Apparently they rent the bicycles out to make money. They have sold the old red container (the first one we sent over) but have to clean it out first.

Myra sounded good and is enjoying the trip.

Posted by: Cindy AT 06:49 am   |  Permalink   |  Email
Thursday, July 05 2012

Mack spoke with Myra and they are doing well. They spent the day at a school in Kathigirini where Myra and Reba each taught two classes about the USA. Over 500 children attended the classes and then they played games with them. They then returned to the orphanage where they did crafts with the children. The plan is to go to another smaller school tomorrow. Myra said Reba and Andy are staying with Humphery and Helen for this first week and then moving to another home.

Phyllis, Onesmus wife, has been assisting Myra with the resource center at the orphanage. Andy, Jesse and Onsemus are working on clearing the large container on the orphanage property.  Ellyjoy and Pauline have made sure no one misses a meal or tea-time.

Reba says that Ben, our night watchman, has a small office now on the grounds as well and is very excited about it!  Helen and Daniel have been out negotiating a good price for new mattresses for the homes and in the process were also given a blanket for each bed.  They have purchased 15 fuel containers for lantern fuel for whenever the container arrives and the boy and girl kits can be delivered.  Both Reba and Andy plan to stay in the new orphanage this Friday evening when the kids have movie night.

Stay tuned!!

Posted by: Cindy AT 01:06 pm   |  Permalink   |  Email
Tuesday, July 03 2012

She stated they are doing well and staying busy.  Have already changed the schedule many times....on Plan K about now, but things are moving right along.  They have purchased the items to complete the boy and girl kits so when the container arrives, they will be ready to deliver.

Andy is busy getting all items off the floor of the container on-site now by hooking the ladders and bikes to the ceiling and upper walls.  This way they will have a place to transfer items while they fish out the boy and girl kits when the new container arrives.  They are praying the container makes it to them before they leave to head back to the states.  Or....Jennifer and Alan Gruber are going to have a lot to do when they arrive in Kenya in a few weeks from now!!

Andy has also been busy on the grounds of the orphanage as they purchased hibiscus and palm trees on their way out to Chuka.  If Andy is working on it.....you know it will be beautiful.  Can't wait to hear all about it!!

Wish I was in Kenya.....Cindy

 

Posted by: Cindy AT 02:35 pm   |  Permalink   |  Email
Tuesday, July 03 2012
Myra just called and they are spending the day at the orphanage. Helping place books on shelves and finishing taking things out of an old container.  Doing well and staying busy.   They verified that the container is still in Mombosa awaiting someone's signature to release it, hopefully tomorrow.

Mack
Posted by: Cindy AT 02:34 pm   |  Permalink   |  Email
Tuesday, July 03 2012

Hello again from EGYPT.

I just got of the phone with our clearing agent in Mombasa and we received approval of our “CONTENTS LIST “ – so now it moves to the next step in the process, they sent it to the CUSTOMS TAX VALUATION Dept. to determine if they agree with our valuations vs. what they have on their books as similar values of the contents. If they agree with us then we could get the container out of CUSTOMS sometime tomorrow or Thurs. The system is on KENYA TIME not AMERICA time and it cannot be rushed.

Continue to pray that the CUSTOMS VALUATION TEAM WILL NOT OVERRIDE WHAT WE HAVE PROVIDED SO WE HAVE MINIMUM TAX.

It is cooler here in Alexandria Egypt than Acworth Georgia. Temps run in upper 80’s during mid day to 6 p.m. then the Mediterranean Sea breezes cool things down to low 70’s rapidly.

The climate of the political unrest seems to be at a lull for now. I heard more gun shots last night but nothing on the news so it could have been warning shots or maybe even some large fireworks.

I walked several miles today looking for items for Wendy, Blu and the kids and ran into many nice people who were genuinely friendly and kept saying “Welcome to Egypt tell America we Welcome the to Egypt.” Not many speak any English so we did a lot of sign language. I found many kids on the streets and blew up balloons for them and they were really excited. Many Mothers with little ones would smile from ear to ear when they saw me blowing up Balloons for their kids and kept saying over and over “SHOKRAN” = Thank You One kid lost his balloon and we chased it half a city block and he was giggling so hard that I was able to keep up with him. His Momma was very appreciative.

I have found that when I SMILE and say HELLO the people with their heads down and not smiling at all will almost stop in their tracks astonished that someone would speak to them then smile from ear to ear and want to shake my hand and ask where I am from etc. It’s the Govt who can’t get along the individuals are really nice one on one. I tell them GOD BLESS YOU and they acknowledge each time but not sure they understood what I said.

Blu took me to see the PILLAR of POMPI today and it was really neat to go down under the ground more than a 100yds and stand underneath where the huge Marble Pillar is standing. There you find the ROMAN LIBRARY where they kept important scrolls for reading etc. then we went into another dug out cave and down to the sanctuary of where the Romans used to go to worship the MARBLE BULL.

All of the Sphinx’s and other idols of the Egyptians have been decapitated by the early Christians who wanted to discourage and prevent PAGAN WORSHIPPING of the idols. Thus why the Sphinx at the pyramids has no nose.

Hope to see you all in mid July.

MUNGU AKU BARIKI = Swahili for GOD BLESS YOU!!

Posted by: Cindy AT 02:32 pm   |  Permalink   |  Email
Monday, July 02 2012

We have heard from Reba, Myra, Andy and Humphrey.  They are together in Nairobi and will be working on helping Ann obtain a visa so she can come visit with Paul Murianki, her husband, here in the states.  They said their flight was uneventful and they were at a B&B about to have dinner.  Stay tuned for more information on the team.

As for the container, there has been some confusion as to when it is going to be released to us so we are on stand-by at the moment.

 

Posted by: Cindy AT 08:15 am   |  Permalink   |  Email
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