It Has Been Rainy

From an email sent to the RVA staff . . .

9.04 inches so far in March.

Almost 16 straight days with rain (March 8th I don’t have any), including 28th of Feb. with just 0.06 inches that day. Not much in a single day (nothing higher than 2 inches in a 24 hour period), but other areas in Kenya may have had bigger single rains.

To put 9 inches in perspective, rain data going back to 1986 (with a few gaps in between) shows an avg for March of just 3.89 inches. The most ever recorded was 9.70 inches in 2002 and we’re almost there already.

April tends to be the wetter of the 2 months, with an avg of 8.10 inches for all those years. In 2013, the year of the infamous Kijabe mudslides, we recorded 24 inches! 1997 had almost 21 inches and I believe the Mombasa highway was washed out that year…

This information is provided by Jeff Davis, David’s science teacher. If you are headed to Kijabe bring an umbrella!


I had been at the hospital most of the day when Sarah came running in the house saying “There are millions of termites in the soccer field. You need to come see!” I went out not really expecting much when to my surprise I saw what looked like wiggly smoke coming out of a 10 foot by 10 foot section of the field. As I walked closer lots of termites were crawling out of newly formed termite holes, and then taking off into the cloudy sky. I have never seen anything like it, and the video above does not do the experience justice. It was incredible. These are the same termites that many of the people eat after frying in a skillet, and if you are truly African you eat them raw from the air as Annie’s friend did last week. We always have to be careful with the cracks in our doors in windows because masses of termites try and crawl in toward the light in these first rainy days of the rainy season. As the smoke of termites finally cleared and dissipated, the girls proceeded to run around the field and slide in the mud. The messier the better!

Rainy season

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“Virtue is what happens when someone has made a thousand small choices requiring effort and concentration to do something which is good and right, but which doesn’t come naturally. And then, on the thousand and first time, when it really matters, they find that they do what’s required automatically. Virtue is what happens when wise and courageous choices become second nature.” – N.T. Wright

I got the quote from an article in Christianity Today Magazine titled “Can You Control Yourself“. It was worth the read, and you might find it interesting, although it may take a subscription to read it.

An Apologist Hears about Diospi Suyana Hospital

From the Diospi Suyana Hospital website.

Valuable Hours with Prof. John Lennox

Slider Lennox

A stimulating experience and a great honor

For many, he is currently the most important apologist for the Christian faith. His two public debates with the voice of the “new atheists” Richard Dawkins have made history.  But even with Christopher Hitchens, Victor Stenger, and Michael Shermer – all leading thinkers of the atheistic worldview- he was already in the open game.

His book, “God’s Undertaker” could be described as perhaps the best response to books like “The God Delusion.”  The mathematics professor from Oxford discovered in the micro-and macrocosm much evidence for the existence of God.  We see in the history of Diospi Suyana equally clear references to the God of the Bible, who answers prayers and strengthens our confidence in Him.

Yesterday, in a private laptop presentation, Prof. Lennox heard for the first time about the “Hospital of Faith” in Peru.  The German accent of Dr. John did not seem to bother him.  In any case, the Northern Irishman is fluent in German, English, French, Russian, and Spanish.  The hearty lunch at Green Templeton College, Oxford University, to which the professor had generously invited him, gave the missionary doctor the necessary energy for his presentation.

Diospi Suyana wishes John Lennox many more productive years, ingenious ideas when writing his books, and God’s abundant blessings.

Our Last Post Reminded Me of “The Knack”

I was reminded after writing the last post regarding our need for someone who has the knack for taking care of things or fixing things about this video.  I have a brother who is an engineer, and he exhibited some of these characteristics as a kid.  Also, our son Peter is a bit like this.  Enjoy this Dilbert clip.

Lunar Eclipse

I got the kids up to watch this last night at around 2 AM.  I have been really sleepy today in the consultorio.  It never looked very red from our viewpoint.  Did anyone get up back home?

Learning How to be a Birder – or the first step on our way to a Big Year

On Father’s day I went with Peter and Annie on a bird watching walk.  Peter is especially interested in birds.  There was a period of time while we were living in Dallas when he would go repeatedly to the Cornell Lab of Ornithology All About Birds webpage and look at all the birds and listen to their calls.  He was especially interested in owls, and we would play games where I would play a recording of an owl call (or some other birds), and he would recognize the bird based on the call.  I am not good at identifying birds.  I would like to learn more, but when I see a bird, and then I look for it in a birding book, I will usually find three or four that look almost the same.  It takes great skill, in my opinion, to be able to spot and identify some of the subtle differences between the species of birds.  In an attempt to improve our skills, we went on this short birding tour (it was only 1 1/2 hours) in hopes that my skills would improve, and also to try and nurture Peter’s interest.  Annie came because she is always up for doing something fun – especially if it involves walking (I love that about her).  I have posted some pics I took off of Wikipedia and put the links to the Wikipedia descriptions of the birds under the pictures.  These photos are the definitively identified birds we saw during our walk.  It was fun, but I think 1 1/2 hours is just about right for looking at birds.  I have to say the Scarlet Macaws are some of the most awesome birds to see in the wild, and they are really noisy.  In fact all parrot, parakeet, macaw type birds are noisy.  The Gray-Colored Thrush is the national bird of Costa Rica.  It is a plain in appearance, but it has an amazing song.  Throughout the dry season this bird sings all day long.  Unfortunately it begins singing at 4:30 in the morning.  Since we sleep with our windows open, that is a very early morning wake up call.  (By the way, A Big Year for a birder is a year in which they spot an abundance of species of birds – it is explained well in the movie A Big Year which is pleasantly enjoyable and clean as I recall)

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