Yesterday was Mashujaa Day (Heroes’ Day in Swahili) in Kenya. It is the day when the country celebrates all the men and women who have contributed to the independence of Kenya. It is a big national holiday, and Rift Valley Academy celebrates the day by celebrating Kenya and also by acknowledging all the cultures that are represented in the school. There are 37 countries represented at RVA. I thought initially that could not be possible unless they were counting kids whose parents were serving as missionaries in different countries. But in fact, to be included as a representative of a country, you had to have a passport from that country. That means there are 37 passport represented countries at RVA. That is pretty cool for our humble Kenyan school! The day was spent with the kids playing games, dressing in the traditional clothing or the patriotic clothing of their countries, eating big meals at the cafeteria, while ending the evening with caramel apples and hot chocolate . . . in the rain. Rainy season is in full swing! It was a great Friday, and it was a fun time to celebrate all the cultures coming together in peace united in Christ. (Click on the pictures below to view the slide show with some short descriptions.)
Kenyan colored banners around the cafeteria
The school is ready for the festivities.
Flag raising ceremony in the morning
Allison helps teach line dancing
The gym is full of line dancers
37 students representing their countries carrying their flags
Representing the Quechua of Peru
The girls representing Peru. They did not carry a flag because they don’t actually have a passport from Peru despite the fact that they consider it one of their homes.
Annie with her “big sister”
Let’s eat barbecue!
Hiding hatred makes you a liar;
slandering others makes you a fool. – Proverbs 10:18
I was wondering about this verse. Does this mean that you should tell someone when you hate them? Is it worse to be a liar than to hate someone in secret? And then I understood . . . the point is that you should not hate at all so that there is nothing to hide.