Goodbye Rift Valley Academy Buffalos! Come on Abilene Christian University Wildcats!! David managed to graduate well, avoiding too many demerits while being in National Honor Society and winning the award for the best Senior student in the Social Studies department which he demonstrated by being a part of the African Model United Nations, taking multiple AP history classes, and being enrolled in the most Social Studies classes of any student in his class. He was proud to have his first term late night boxing match (RVA legend making) mentioned by the school’s graduation speaker from the podium. Last week he went on his “Senior Safo” to the beach, and last night we ended the day with a small graduation party at our house.Today we will take him to his favorite restaurant in Nairobi right after we get our preflight COVID tests done. We are looking forward to his next steps at ACU? Do we have a future businessman, politician, or lawyer? Could we hope for a university professor? The next four years (maybe more) will sort it out!
It has been a weird four years. Moving to Kenya as a freshman and then all the losses COVID caused. David heads out on his Senior trip tomorrow. We are super happy for him! He graduates next Saturday. Hopefully we will have a trip to the our favorite restaurant in Nairobi to celebrate the following day, and then back to Dallas. The group in the picture above were the core of his friends. Not all of them made it through all four years as their families moved home or away, but they flew back this summer after they finished school in the US to have one last hurrah in Kijabe! I am thankful for each of them. We had barely arrived in Kenya in 2017, and on our first full day in town this group walked by the house and invited David to go up the hill with them for a bonfire. That was the beginning and they have been good friends since. God has been good to David with these loyal friends. Now we look forward to how God gives him friends at ACU!
Last week there was a golf tournament at RVA. One of the staff at the kid’s school put together a small par three course around the upper field. So now this spring instead of rugby cheers on the paddock, you hear cries of “Fore!” Small groups moved around the course, with a closest to the pin contest and free cokes for each hole in one. The low scorer won two free pizzas from the local Pizza Inn. Its a tiny course, but it is a lot of fun for a quick nine holes. Tennis courts are water hazards. Soccer goals are tall trees in the fairway. The wind blows across the pitch toward Mt. Longonot in the valley. You are considered in the hole when your ball is within a club length of the flag. There are no greens and the fairways are deep as rough. David and Peter have picked up clubs for almost the first time, and progress is being made by all of us in our nine iron game.
Have I posted this before. If not, please go check it out. If you follow his Vlog he would be quite pleased. I recommend the pranks vlog and this most recent linked below. It is a decent glimpse of life at RVA for a Junior.
Things I’m thankful for this morning:
Trash bags– I found some biodegradable rubbish bin liners (as they call them here) and I’m happy to put them to use!
David comes back to Kenya tomorrow!
Lovely memories of the birds, the acacia trees, the sunset on the lake, from a family weekend on Lake Naivasha
The many types of birds who live here that lift our spirits with their carefree flying and jubilant songs
The kindly painter who told me that I made good chai (I nearly doubled the sugar yesterday!)
The friendly joking and laughing of the construction guys working at our house
Bright fires on chilly nights
Will is content with his job and has been commended lately for his teaching
The Lord’s reminder of all the wonderful people (specifically from ACU) who encouraged us to do missions
Sibling pairs who are friends with our girls
New kids coming to school next year and all the possibilities therein
Peter’s enthusiasm for the guitar
Coco soundtrack, especially the Spanish version
Two families who visited this summer– we appreciate you!
Cry, the Beloved Country
The repetition of the phrase “I, the LORD, have spoken!”
Carol truly grandmothering our kids
Each time one of the kids says “Thank you”
Talking to Katherine on the phone
In a few hours, we will put David on a plane headed to the USA. His grandparents have generously offered to fly him to Dallas to work on his driver’s license, spend time with them, and maybe even make a few college visits. Thanks, Abo and Carol!
His family will miss him though and we’re all a little nervous about this solo international travel. Please pray with us that he will make it safely to London, not fall asleep and miss his connection, and then fly on from London to Dallas without problems. Thanks for praying for all the things, small and large, that we post here.
At Rift Valley Academy there are projects for each class to build unity as well as to serve the RVA community. One night is called Sophomore Restaurant. All the sophomores and their sponsors (we are some of them) work to plan a menu, advertise, arrange baby-sitting, and then it all comes together in one day while we cook, serve, clean, and entertain our RVA diners. I think it is the funnest thing we have done with the sophomores, and it was fun to watch them all work together to help one another and serve the RVA staff. Allison once again took on cooking responsibilities, and I helped run a small cafe next door that served those who were not able to get tickets to the main event. It was definitely an all day project.
Next year we get to be diners instead of servers! I am looking forward to being on the other side.
As I type the air is filled with the echos of the African church singing an all day celebration.