I get up early in the morning to pray for the day and to pray for my family. I have found that I depend much on prayer in Kenya. Interestingly, I was dependent on morning prayer in Peru as well, and to be humbly honest, I thought it had become a cherished habit in my life to arise early and pray. However, when I was back in the US last year, and when my life was normal and comfortable again, I realized that what I thought was a nice Christian habit became easily abandoned. So what I credited to myself as strength of character, I realize now was an acknowledgement of my need for God’s help that I experience on the mission field, but not so much in my home culture. So I arose early in Peru, went back to the US and gave up the habit within two weeks. and then within days of arriving to Kenya I was up early again. Hopefully God will acknowledge my humble faithfulness in need and will forgive my lack of it in comfort. It is better to be weak and understand our dependence than to be self-deceived in our supposed self-sufficiency.
And He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in needs, in persecutions, in distresses, for Christ’s sake. For when I am weak, then I am strong. 2 Corinthians 12:9-10
We went to a new friend’s house to have an 80s party. Basically we sit around, play a few games, while we try to be the first to name the song and the artist as it comes up on an 80s music playlist. Talk about living the the past . . . it is a nostalgia festival. The surprise is that when we arrived there was a new pet owl! Peter is a big bird fan, and the girls are not too far behind.
While reading through the Rift Valley Academy’s weekly announcements we had a smile when we came to the lost and found.
Lost ‘n’ Found
Found – Come and claim at main office if yours: an NIV English-Korean Study Bible in a very nice reddish brown leather case with the engraving of a tree on the front.
Found: Some amount of money at AC building on the stairs come to the Main Office and claim it.
Lost: A throwing star last thrown next to a skinny tree outside the right gym door. If found return to Peter Caire.
Found: A watch at the gym. Come to the Main Office and claim it.
You need to understand that Peter is crazy about throwing weapons. He has made several metal throwing stars and knives. He is getting pretty good! You can check out some of his “craftsmanship” at the Instagram page “weapons.diy“
At Rift Valley Academy there are special weekends when the crowds swell with parents of boarding students visiting their kids and rival schools invading to compete in sporting events. On these weekends we have the awesome “Senior Store”. Senior Store is awesome because it starts with donuts delivered to your house on Friday evening. The Seniors are selling the donuts to raise money for their senior trip. Then during the Saturday festivities the Seniors sell breakfast and lunch to earn more money. The campus is full of people watching basketball or soccer or rugby. Local women come and sell their handicrafts, and we all load up on future birthday presents for friends and family. It is not quite a fair, but it sort of feels like one. You see your friends, you shake hands and give hugs. You get to laugh, eat in the shade, and cheer on the home team. This happens about 3 times a term. I hope my kids know how sweet it is!
Soccer on the upper field
Sarah shows her school pride
Christmas can be a hard time in the hospital. I don’t like working Christmas because I miss being with my family. But I like working Christmas, because it is often such a sweet time with patients. It is a really sweet time to be with them and somehow show them that God loves them by our own actions toward them. We went caroling as a missionary community in the hospital on Christmas Eve. Our family went to the maternity ward. The maternity ward is great because most everyone is happy there. Everybody has a new Christmas baby, and all mothers like to share their new babies with the world. My daughters were quite smitten by all the “cuuuute!” day old babies. Joy to the world during this Christmas season! For unto us a child is born!
I should have written this post a month ago. Pinewood Derbies have changed since I was a cub scout. RVA has a school wide pinewood derby divided into grades for the competition. And even better, the adults get their own category. After 4th grade, adults are not allowed to help, so our kids made all of their cars on their own. Peter was convinced he was going to win. He researched the internet to find the best design and weight distribution. I counseled that he should do the best he could, but that there were people here who had been doing it for years. I wanted to prepare him for a possible loss despite his confidence. Well he was right! He won every race he competed in. The girls went for originality with Annie making a derby car with her friend in the shape of a roller skate, and Sarah made a car in the shape of a swimming pool with someone in an inner tube in the middle of it. (I know that is a little hard to imagine.)
Everyone with their cars
The sixth grade competitors
This is a big deal at RVA with computer timers, replays, aerial view camara work!
Here is a video of one of Peter’s winning races. His is the black streak of speed!