Well what a lot feels like it has happened since last I wrote!
We set off for Kenya and the RUSH project last night. The picture here is of one half of the party. A sense of optimism and up for it prevailed.
Then we hit the airport and discovered how far out our scales at home had been. There was manic weighing of cases, re-distributing of stuff and a few things had to be sent back. We went with upwards of 1/2 ton of luggage between the 11 of us – most of it destined for RUSH!
Queuing was manic – the luggage belt was broken and the queue seemed to stretch on and on without moving.
We eventually fought our way through and on to the plane (a bit of a panic by some that Rosie, Harvey, Sally and Joel couldn’t be found – but they arrived with plenty of time to spare).
Then there was the overnight flight – nuff said. Merely to note not a lot of sleep was had!!
So we arrived triumpant in Nairobi – early – at 8.40 local time (5.40 UK time).
We found all our luggage and had a lovely welcome by our lovely hosts Andrew and Lucy who run RUSH.
Our next task was to get it into the mini bus! Harvey, Rosie, Ben, Sally, Joel and Lucy were flying straight on to Kakamega whilst the rest of us take the driving route (via Lake Nakuru and a day going on safari!).
The bus and the drive were interesting! The luggage had to be stuffed into every crevis of the bus to fit in – as were the people!
Our bus driver can only be described as an interesting driver. It always helps your prayer life to have an interesting bus driver. I especially liked how he overtook uphill in 4th gear with a bend or brow well in sight.
There were some amazing views and sights on our trip to Lake Nakuru. The number of small churches – miracle mission or similarly named. The scenery – the Rift valley, the uplands, the shanty towns with their brightly coloured rows of shops. Or the hotel next to the hospital – what was that saying to us! We even saw our first zebra! Very exciting!!
I’ll upload a gallery of pictures hopefully in a little while to give you a flavour.
So one group has now made it to kakamega and the rest of us are in various states of collapse at Gracelands hotel – either in the pool or sleeping.