Happy New Year from Kenya! Right now, it is midnight on New Years day in Kenya. I had a wonderful Christmas and I hope you did as well. This was the second Christmas that I spent here in Kenya. This time it was very different. I will write more about this a little later in this post.
As I promised in my Christmas prayer letter, I wanted to write a more complete update about the what has been going on.
At the beginning of December I went to GOA’s Annual International Youth Conference. This was the second time that I have had the pleasure to be a part of this conference. This time, I was not the only American in attendance. Over the last several months God has blessed me with a good friend, George. He is over here until February working with another organization. The conference was a good time of fellowship and worship. I apologize for the video quality, I took these on my cell phone.
In this song, we are singing “receive our praise oh Lord”
In this song, we are singing “Ni wewe Bwana” (You are Lord)
I was able to reconnect with a lot of the people that I met last year. I was also able to understand and use a lot more Kiswahili than last year.
Here is my attempt at capturing a beautiful sunset on our last night.
On our way back from the conference, George and I stopped at one of the new Dominos and Cold Stone Creameries in Nairobi. It was the best pizza that I have had since arriving here. In my opinion it rivaled the pizzas in the US.
When SIM and GOA closed for the holiday on Friday (Dec. 19), I headed up-country (outside of Nairobi) with a group of friends from SIM. We went to Samburu National Park. It was a good time of rest and relaxation. There were a couple of hiccups along the way. While my friend was driving up there, his car engine broke. So, we packed on into a couple of other vehicles in the caravan and carried on our journey. Thankfully, since getting back he has been able to have his car repaired. The other incident was that I placed some money into the safe at the Ashnil Tented Campsite that we were staying at only to have 2,000 KSH of it stolen (~$22).
We arrived back to Nairobi the following Monday night and I spent the week lounging around not doing much. I was able to celebrate Christmas by Skyping with my family back home, and helping George bake some brownies and going to a potluck at the SIM Compound. It was a lot different than my other Christmas here. It has been a good time, but I really missed my family this year. I look forward to being able to celebrate Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years back in the US next year.
Today, has been filled with watching TV Shows, Movies, and now I have begun to watch College Football games. I wish many blessings to you and your family in this New Year. Furaha Mwaka Mpya! Happy New Year!