Back from Kenya

So, we are finally back from Kenya AND settled into the swing of things. Jason made a post before about the first few days of our Kenya trip. I shall continue. But first, some background info about Kenya. There are more than 30 different tribes in Kenya falling into?three main categories. The two tribes we worked with most were Kikuyu and Maasai which are from two different categories out of the three. The Kikuyu people are more westernized or more?modernized, like Americans. They mostly live in the Uplands area of Kenya in Nairobi and the surrounding area of Limuru. This is where our trip started. This area is where the Limuru Presbytery is with whom our Presbytery partners. Then, when you travel down into the Great Rift Valley, you enter Maasailand. The Maasai people are not westernized. They follow cattle and roam the countryside. The men often wear red robes and carry a “rungu”- a stick for beating animals (and wives). At age 18 all Maasai men must kill a lion in order to pass into manhood and be eligible for marriage. They practice polygamy and a Maasai man may marry up to 12 wives.

So, this is the group of people we were evangelizing to. After leaving Uplands and the comfort of cities, towns, and the more familiar culture of Kikuyu people, we traveled down into the Great Rift Valley and began there in Narok- the largest city in Maasailand. The first clinic we visited there was in a town about 8km north of Narok called Nairasirasa. This clinic is run by a nurse, Frida who joined our team and traveled with us. She is Maasai. A history update: this is the clinic that we were supposed to set up 2 years ago when I was in Kenya. However, a pastor was sent to the clinic first to survey it, and he returned having been attacked- he had been beaten by members of the community. Now, there is a clinic there up and running and we were welcomed with open arms!

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