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Friday, May 13, 2011

So... what some of you may not know is that:

A. I'm living and working in Kenya. B. I work for a non-profit that purposes to help women and children living in extreme poverty. C. We've started a private Christian school in Serengeti. D. All of our students come from extremely desperate situations and are attending the school on full scholarships.

Originally, I was going to teach in the school. But upon arrival what I found was that what they REALLY needed was administrative support... and it just so happens that I am naturally gifted at organization and administration. So mostly I'm behind the scenes now. But today we went out and visited the kindergarten class. My son Dale actually taught the math lesson. (Oh so cute, he's a natural teacher!) These kids are all so precious, and so good, and so excited about the opportunity to go to school. Almost all these kids are orphaned or abandoned, and the only food they get is the meals they receive at the school.


So we stayed and played with the kids for a couple hours, then it was back home for the afternoon... and then in the evening on Fridays I have been going to a special prayer service at the church. Wow, its amazing, and I am so blessed every time I go. We do a lot of singing and dancing, so I am counting that for my exercise today!

I am still struggling with this cold... and maybe because I'm a little sick, and a little worn down, I'm feeling a little homesick and lonely. I went onto facebook to leave messages for friends and family... which somehow only made me feel a little worse... especially since I went on to my sister's page... my sister who died last fall. They keep her page up and running as a sort of memorial to her. I miss her so much, and I wish I could tell her all the amazing things that have happened since I came to Kenya.
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SIMPLE_TAILOR 6/2/2011 10:58AM

    She is there with you, in your heart. She knows what you are doing.

Keep relying on the Holy Spirit to strengthen you through your challenges.

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SOCKITTOME 5/18/2011 8:24PM

    Aw, big hugs to you! I wondered how you were doing with her death, and you answered the question for me. It's never easy getting over the death of a loved one. Hopefully she found the peace she was looking for. I know she'd be proud of you if she was still alive.

Hang in there...you won't get over it, but you will get through it. One day at a time. Hugs!


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PUFFPASTRY 5/14/2011 3:13PM

    Wow, you are getting to have an amazing life, Hoperising! What you're doing sounds fantastic, and I bet what you and those kids get from each other in the way of learning and compassion and gratitude will be a gift forever. I would love to have an experience like that. I'd always wanted to join the Peace Corps, but my chronic health issues are kinda prohibitive. Please write more about Kenya, though -- I'd love to hear!!
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LUCKYDOGFARM 5/13/2011 9:25PM

    Hope, for some reason, i think your sister knows exactly, all of the wonderful things that you are doing over there in Africa.
I know it is hard for you to be away from everyone, expecially your sister, but look at the many blessings you are helping to spread around the world, one little kid at a time!!

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MISSROCKABILLY 5/13/2011 8:56PM

    Sending you emoticon and hoping you feel better soon!

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PUDLECRAZY 5/13/2011 8:55PM

    What a darling picture of a very happy child! It does sound like you are having a fantastic experience, and in spite of the set back of your cold, your health has really benefited from the fresh foods and lack of junk food selections. You are looking great too!

But none of that can absolutely chase away the blues and loneliness. It is hard to be so far from your family and from friends of many years. Plus, the loss of your sister is a hard loss and still new enough to feel very raw. Sometimes, we just have to have our feelings and get through them, yet it is harder to do that without a support system in place. I am glad you are still here on Spark and have the internet access so you can stay connected and get at least a little of the support you need.

Sending you love,
Chris


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CHELSEYG29 5/13/2011 6:20PM

    First I have to say what an amazing experience! I do imagine is can get lonley and it is so far away when your homesick. I am sorry to read you lost your sister last year. No words can be said (or typed) to take that pain away. I can relate to feeling homesick but I'm only half a country away from my family! I guess the good thing is our technology and that you can see and communicate with your family/friends at "home" which wasn't possile only a short time ago. Praying that you find the strength and comfort you need to get through the lows. Have a wonderful day!

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