Saturday, March 29, 2008
By the end of our 4 days we started talking with our day guard. You know your heart is never really ready to hear heartbreaking stories. He has one. He is of 4 kids, 2nd born , and he is 21 years old. His name is Cyness (sinus) anyways- both parents died when he was 11 of AIDS. He has been taking care of the rest of the family since then. He didn't finish school because of he had to work and support the family. Right now he works 12 hour days as a guard at this lodge place we went to. How much does he make a day ? $1.00 a day. really a dollar a day that is about 8 cents a hour. Ugh. Here we are camping for a getaway and he is working for what 8cents a hour to survive. How did we get to be American and not live his life. So deep of thoughts. We talked about Christ and gave the gospel to him. He seemed to get it and he told us that no one really had explained it to him. Of course we wished we had a bible to give him right away. But we didn't. We gave him the money to get a bible. He of course said he would and continued to thank us continually. We don't know if he will get the bible. With that money he could need it for everything. Just life. That is when you want to change the whole world and the way poverty is. When people are working 12 hours for a dollar it just breaks your heart. That when you want to give it all away to those in need. I told Bob how do we live balanced. We don't know. But I guess just baby steps and affect those people that come across our path.
It makes me sad for these families that are affected by AIDS. Who wandered away from their spouse first. His Dad first or His Mom. Who brought the disease to family. How did they become another statistic. Deep thoughts. How is possible that a one night stand destroys a whole family. Knowing many families affected by AIDS. It really comes down to it is called commitment to the family and to your spouse. Giving a condom is not going to fix it. Awareness is not going to fix it. It is the family commitment that is broken and until people start not breaking the vows this AIDS crisis is still going to be around. It affects our families in america too. We just don't have AIDS to show how broken our families are. We have to be intentional to our spouses in marriage. We have to be emotionally there for our spouses and we have to be physically there for our spouses. Here and there and everywhere. We don't let the laziness creep in and settle for whatever in a marriage. It happens so fast. Anyways. I am getting off my box. I am mostly talking out loud to me! Anyways Just a snippet of our journey here. Taking Baby Steps... Love - all of us
Tuesday, March 25, 2008
Sunday, March 23, 2008
The many kids of Khuyu
Some of the team singing at the Sunday service
Friday, March 14, 2008
The worship team at the first night service
P.S. Us girls (nya analisey, and mommy) will be staying home while they are there. So pray for safety for us too.
If you want to see the team they are the blog below on Feb 22nd! they are really sweet people! Blessings is in the white shirt. they will pick up 2 more people on the way!
Saturday, March 08, 2008
Friday, March 07, 2008
Here is my Senior Bible Study class that I am teaching on Friday Mornings.... You want some names.... Just for fun We have Muuzananji(white shirt in front), Mwai in the blue shirt in front, Neke in Black and orange the behind is Grace in the Pink and Thomasin in white blue, and Cathering in the Black and Chokandi in pink and black and Fanny in the multi blue shirt and Josephine in the striped shirt and white skirt...
Fun isn't it then you have Tia in the red Rosemary behind and Atupele next her and Chokandi and Jane next to me... And Analise and I in the middle....
Fun ladies.... Fun memories... Lots of love- amy louise
Sunday, March 02, 2008
You are low on gas and they don't have any at any gas stations because the Gas people (who ever they are) didn't pay the bill. What how knew there was a bill to pay.
You have honk at cows, goats, bike riders, and everyone else in the country as you drive on the road.
You see litter everywhere and someone in front of you throws out a huge bottle. (so against my system from being scared to throw out even a tiny piece of gum in America)
You have to go to say no to people asking for help and no must not mean no and you almost have to yell NO.
You feel a deep heartache that you can't help everyone.
But on the good side of it...
You know you are in Africa when...
You stop by someones house and they take you in like family and you didn't have to schedule at least 3 weeks in advance to see them.
You get to be apart of something bigger than yourself. (IE the world)
You get to drink Coke out of glass Bottle
You get to hear Africans worship God. IT is the most beautiful sound ever.
You have tortilla chips that I made from scratch. Yep I do that! With the best guacamole dip! These avocados are amazing. or so are the bananas and pineapple and all veggies and fruits!
You get to see your children ask questions to the things they are exposed to. Like Nya asked the other day "what can we give the kids who have nothing?" as we were in a local village.
You get to stuff 11 people in your car when it only sit 7.
You have the opportunities to love on people who have nothing and affect their lives.
You get to love on babies that are orphans.
You get to share Christ love in a tangible way!
Love you all- Amy Louise