Flooding

I mentioned a few days ago about the rain. Here are some pictures from the flooded out bridge and abandoned train station. We took a pretty long hike (appx 8 miles round trip) to get up to the area of the mud slides. Wow! It was impressive, and I think with more rain we can expect more damage unfortunately.

 

Social Distance

It’s not so hard to social distance from these guys. Do you see the baby hanging from the second baboons belly?

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Keeping my distance! 😳

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Lots of Rain – The Plagues

No water into blood, but we have had innumerous cicadas,

 

locusts,

 

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nairobi flies,

 

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and now constant rain. I would not want to be on the train seeing this for the first time. It looks like an Indiana Jones movie! Reports are no one was injured.

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Shopping

The little Super Duka has just what we need . . . tortilla chips, Coca Cola, Frosted Flakes, and candy. All are part of a well balanced diet.

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Shopping for groceries at the Duka

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Not much to add . . .

All is well in Kijabe. Staffing is a bit tight in the hospital as the usual volunteers that make our lives a little easier have not come this time around. Even if they had wanted to, Kenya would not let them in. So we have fewer doctors to cover the hospital responsibilities, meaning time off is precious when you can get it. I am trying to make sure everyone takes a break before it possibly gets busy. We are in the middle of our second 21 day quarantine of Nairobi. For us in Kijabe, it does not change things much, except that we do not have access to Nairobi. However, food delivery is considered essential service, and so we can order groceries from Nairobi and have them delivered. The RVA cafeteria has connections with suppliers which allow us to get good fruits and vegetables. The German butcher still delivers, and so meat and sausage gives us the protein we need. Our local duka keeps us supplied with the cooking essentials, which can be interpreted as tortilla chips. Our houseworker brings milk, the cheese and butter comes from the local processor, and onions and potatoes are always available. Otherwise, we have lots of people come to the door. I sometimes feel like I am the main employer or customer for about a dozen local small-time businesses. I buy as much as I think is reasonable, and it is always “keep the change”. Slowly people we know are trickling home on emergency flights back to the US. It is weird to be left behind, even when you are choosing to stay. However, I think life is a bit better here compared to what I read is going on in the US. I do not think I would want to go back until things are open and society is functioning normally, and I guess in truth we do not really have much of a choice. And there is so much less panic here in Kijabe . . . how does anyone handle a 24 hour news cycle where bad news sells? With all of that, receive our blessing from Kijabe. God is good! Have a great Tuesday!

Mudding our Way Through the End of April

Rainy season is in full swing! The kids have started back into their third trimester of the year. Both the school year and rainy season will end sometime in July. So far COVID is ok, but we are hearing sad stories from Tanzania just south of Kenya. I have a lighter schedule next week, and so I hope to get caught up on many mini-projects that I have on the brain. That is unless corona virus infections arrives. Then it is all hands on deck until it calms down. Keep praying for us! We are praying for you in return.

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Mudding through some rainy season blues!

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