As promised, we headed back to Nanyuki to meet with the boys. But, along the road we had to stop for some pictures. This kind of scene is repeated time and time again across the countryside, right along the road. At first we kept our distance but then got closer and made some new "friends"...=)
Ladies and their kids are often seen farming along the roadside.
beautiful scenery along the road
Lucas and John
lots of smiles and laughter.
We left Lucas with John and the 2 boys at the table while Isaac and I joined Linda and Paul to see the Spinners and Weavers just a few miles up the road. This is a group of highly trained women creating the most beautiful weavings from wool they spin and dye themselves with all natural products. Aren't they just beautiful and talented women?
This is Lucy. She gave us the tour of the "factory" Here she is explaining the cleaning of the wool.
Spinners at work
Lucy explaining the dying process. Sometimes they use flowers, leaves from Mint, or even the body of a certain bug from a certain cactus to create the dyes.
Lucy and Me
Isaac rockin' a cool scarf
This was a random guy that was slightly inebriated at the market. This is something you often see. But, this guy was crazy. I had to turn my back on him and walk away.
This particluar facility requires sponsers for the kids. It is a mere $60/month per child to feed them, clothe them, give them a room, and send them to school.
My oldest brother gave my sister $150 to spend on some special project while here....
hmmmm What do you think we should use it for?
God was going before us and already speaking to my brother's heart before we came.
As you can see by the following pics, smiles have begun to emmerge. And Lucas was "on" that night and drew out the smiles and a little laughter even though they don't understand a ton of English.
One humorous thing happened at the table. We got to the end of the meal, and one of the boys had barely touched his spaghetti. He said it was too spicey. I think Lucas had something to do with putting pepper on it because that's what he likes. Anyway, he ate other things, but there was a pile of food left. Linda looked at me and said, "what are ya going to say?...there are starving children in Africa? eat your food?"... it was a funny moment. I'm not sure if it is translating well here or not, but we are still laughing about it.
I wanted to pray with them before we left them, but Lucas beat me to it. Before I could get out of the car he had John and the boys all huddled in prayer without any coaching or prompting from anyone but the Holy Spirit. To God be the Glory!!