89 days in Kenya
Tuesday, May 24, 2011
Tomorrow marks my 90th day in Kenya. I am blogging about it TODAY because tomorrow is going to be a busy day, and I might not get the time to reflect back on this journey. On the one hand, it feels like I just arrived. On the other hand, I feel like I've always been here.
Actually, it seems like all my experiences are contradictory like that. I know I stick out like a sore thumb where-ever I go... and at the same time I feel a tremendous sense of "belonging", as though this is exactly the place I am supposed to be. The idea of going back to the USA depresses me. My residency visa has still not been approved, so it looks like I will have to go back to Vermont at least temporarily when my extended-tourist-visa expires in August. Sometimes I get lonely, and I miss my friends and family in the USA. I have great friends here in Kenya, in fact I am priveledged to be working with my BEST friend. But I especially miss having trusted women-friends to confide in, namely my sisters. But that loneliness is generally fleeting, and certainly not enough to make me want to go back to my "old life" in the United States.
Spiritually I feel like I have grown a hundred-fold. My prayer life has been revolutionized! There is just no room for spiritual laziness! The day I don't start with prayer and time in the Word is the day that EVERYTHING goes wrong! It took me a couple months to find it, but I have finnaly connected with a great church.
My kids are happy and well adjusted. Both of my kids have special needs, and had difficulty socializing with their peers in the USA. Here in Kenya the kids seem to take their quirks in stride and accept them as they are. Its been very healthy for both of them. As a mom its been so nice to see them enjoying simple things like having a friend spend the night.
Physically as i have already detailed, my body is transforming... in good ways and bad! The loose skin is bad. The physisque that is visible behind the sagging is pretty cool! Regaining my strength has actually been a process... I was very VERY sick for two months before I arrived in Kenya, and I was WEAK. Now I'm starting to feel strong again, I'm able to walk long distances and swim hard without getting tired, weak and shaky. I'm sure things could be even better if I would work more on stregth training exercises... but I haven't!
By the way... I have not taken diabetes medication since I arrived... my sugars remain perfectly within normal range. That is a miracle!
My work with the kids here has been incredible and life changing... and beyond all the other ups and downs of being here, THAT is why I am here! I thank God that I have another 90 day extention to August... and I look forward to what the future holds for me here.