Monthly Archives: June 2012

A Kenyan Hospital

I did not want to go.  It was late.  There was no way to get there, and my body was in too much pain.  The sickness and pain became worse and worse.  The whole house was up now, caring for … Continue reading

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Single American Woman

Am I married?  Do I have children?  Why would I ever want to live alone, without a man?  Oh, the poor Kenyan people…I am a walking confusion to them.  They simply cannot understand the concept of a woman living by … Continue reading

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Being an American in Kenya

We are honored guests here in Kenya.  No matter if we are at a church, school or home, we are welcomed more overwhelmingly here than I have ever seen…let alone, experienced.  The Kenyan adults stop what they are doing to … Continue reading

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Host Family

Paul and Mama have been married for 45 years.  They are a Kenyan couple in their 60’s and 70’s who have 7 children.  The family is Catholic and very affluent by Chulaimbo standards – Chulaimbo being the village that we … Continue reading

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Sole to Soul

The point of the rock is sharp.  It feels like it is puncturing the protective skin that covers the bottom of my foot.  I step again…and this time the little pebbles of gravel feel like sandpaper.  For the first time … Continue reading

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Me and My Mosquito Net

It was a love/hate relationship from the start.  I loathe you and appreciate you, need you but am repulsed by you.  You protect me from danger, defending me throughout the night.  Yet you demand so much time, attention and precision … Continue reading

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The home of 9 orphans…

We are told that the host wants to end our visit with a prayer. I hear, “Let us pray.”  So, with eyes closed and head bowed I listen as a voice of fear and despair begins to speak to God.  … Continue reading

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