We left Nairobi TUE morning for Migori. We arrived hours and 200 very bump miles later at the famous Masai Mara Game Reserve where I saw Elephant, Lion, Zebra, Giraffe, and the wonder of hundreds of thousands of migrating Wildebeest. We crossed the Mara River infested with gigantic Crocodile waiting on the Wildebeests to cross.
We arrived Migori at 9pm TUE night in the dark after over 12 hours of riding across potholed gravel roads. These scenes I will never soon forget: to see storm clouds brewing across hundreds of miles of plains backdropped by mountains with animals as far as one can see – it was beyond majestic. We encountered thousands of Maasai tribal peoples – they are incredible! GOOGLE this people group and you’ll learn how amazing these semi-nomadic people are.
I slept last night in the home of my host pastor and his family. I have a room with a mosquito net over my bed. Their home is wonderful – perfect for an American guest. But as Americans, I know you are interested in cultural differences so here we go: the bathroom is a hole in the ground with two foot pads and newspaper to wipe with. Pastor’s family is so kind – they hung toilet paper for me even though I was content to use newspaper. I shower with a bucket of boiled water. The food and hospitality has been wonderful. It is the end of the winter so day temps have been mid-70’s and the night has been in the low 60’s. The people are beyond welcoming and are so full of joy.
I have so many impressions already. But I will keep this first entry short due to low internet connectivity. More to come. The conference will be FRI-SAT and then I preach on SUN. Before then, we have several meetings with local pastors and today I will meet several of the pastor’s relatives who are HIV+. I can hear the daily Muslim prayer chats as I sign off.
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