And so it Begins

Habari ya jioni! Good Evening! Thank the Lord it is almost Sabbath! For general information purposes, I have a very hectic and long schedule. My normal day begins at 5 am, when I come into the dorm, and ends at 8 pm when Mrs. V (the principal and current dean) takes over for the night shift. The only time this changes is on Wednesday, when I go from 5 am-11:30 or midnight, and then do my regular shift on Thursday… pretty crazy, I was definitely in zombie mode.  Other than the long hours and the continual confusion, I love my job. I love the girls here. As anywhere, there is a huge variety, some are ridiculous wimps, some scream a lot, others are very studious, and all of them have many talents.

This week contained plenty of fun, from pulling a drowned gecko out of the bath tub drain where it had gotten its head stuck, to almost being hit by a matatu driver. I’ve been printing and compiling records, forms and schedules like… an office secretary on excessive caffeinated beverages, but without the luxury of caffeine. It’s still nice and cool here, I’d actually like to build a fire in the fireplace for funsies.  Thankfully today is Friday and the girls are getting this dorm cleaned up (there have been boxes down from the attic all week that were really getting in the way).

The only thing I don’t like is being continually separated from the other staff, I’m often in the office alone working on something or, like now, writing. I also have one student, whom I love profusely, but it will be very hard to have patience with her. Every day I pray for extended patience to help her.

Now a few hours later, I again come back to the reason I’m here.  Tonight after vespers, we had one of the best afterglows I have ever experienced.  We sang and read some bible verses and then refreshments. However, as the students were getting refreshments, our group of SMs, joined by Richard (the boys’ dean) began singing in a small circle. At first no one else really sang with us, but soon we had expanded our circle to include nearly the whole area that afterglow had been held in.  We just kept singing until thirty minutes before lights out for the students.  It was truly beautiful for all of us to be there praising God on this Sabbath evening.

Fare Thee Well

Jambo! Hello!

I suppose the beginning would be best, it’s definitely convoluted and I’m still not quite sure what happened or how I managed to actually get here.

I have nearly completed my first full week in Kenya as a student missionary. Wow… it seems like I’ve been with these wonderful people longer than just one week! Sadly this was only my second time flying internationally, first time alone… Boy was I inducted into the insanity of it all.  My original flight was meant to leave Thursday afternoon, but due to weather it was delayed, delayed, and delayed again.  I spent seven hours sitting in an airport… the first three I was ready to go, after the second delay I was getting a little nervous about making it out of the United States that night, by the third… I was ready to sit in the middle of the airport and scream (no joke, I really considered it). Instead, I rescheduled my flights for the same time the next day, and played my violin while waiting for my checked bags to resurface and for my parents to return to the airport. I was quite displeased as I’m sure you can imagine, dear reader. So Friday dawned and I again reported to the airport… to meet with yet another delayed flight. Oh how I love delayed flights. So my delayed flight from Louisville caused me to miss my flight from Detroit to Amsterdam which in turn caused me to miss my flight from Amsterdam to Nairobi… Joyous I know. Thankfully though I got to Amsterdam, waited about nine hours, and flew to Nairobi where I made it through immigration, discovered my bags were still in Detroit, and vomited. Thankfully Derek and Yani Raymond were waiting to take me to Maxwell… I just have to say, these are some of the awesomest people around.  They have adopted all of us SMs into their family and I for one am very grateful. They brought me back, got me settled and I conked out for a much needed sleep.

Thankfully the rest of the week was not as crazy. We have a herd of gazelle-like creatures living here on campus, the weather is BEAUTIFUL! We don’t have any students yet, but the eight SMs and the full time staff have been preparing like mad.  I’m working as the Assistant Girls’ Dean, but alas we currently have no Dean, so our lovely principal is filling in.  This week has been a flurry of meeting staff, going on town trips (so much fun), and eating amazing food. I honestly need to stop eating because it’s so good! I’ll end up getting really fat if I don’t watch it. But truly… I love it here, I love my fellow SMs: Tanzi, Katie, Macy, Melissa, Jacqui, Emily, and Keith, and I love knowing that I’m helping someone else. So for any of you who actually desire to read this, kudos, I’ll try not to bore you 🙂

kwa herí kwa sasa (goodbye for now)