Saturday, December 25, 2010
I had a long newsy e-mail but lost the whole thing when the computer jumped and the time ran out. There are no Christmas trees here in Suguta. At 90 degrees it doesn't seem like that special day. I bought all the street kids suckers yesterday and today to celebrate. It was special for them. My neighbors prepared goat meat, potatoes and other stuff and invited me to lunch today. I met the goat this morning before his fate. It goes that way somedays in the life of a goat.
I am thinking of all of you on this special today, especially the chidlren: Taylor, James, Lauren, Riley, Cameron, Benjamin Weldon, Blaze, Justin, Willow, Sienna, Angel, Summer, Hunter,-I'm thinking of each of them but don't have time to list them all.
It's good to have our new son-in-law, Chris. We are blessed-a new son-in-law every year; this year Chris-last year Bill. Make sure you praise the Lord for me as though I was there for your celebration.
There is a strain on one in adjusting to such a different culture and the heat but I have no complaints as I have freedom and energy in my teaching. I am learning our Father and Lord are infinitely comforting.
It's been a good week over ten hours of teaching and the men are always eager to learn and very responsive. Many do not read or write but draw pictures and have that look of understanding and appreciation in their eyes.
I'm going to shut this down before I run out of time again. Thanks you all for holding me up in this time in my life. I believe it's worthwhile. Love to all as you celebrate this special occasion- where would we all be if Christ had not come to be our Savior? Praise the Lord. Cliff
Posted by CROSSROADS AFRICA EXPEDITIONS at 12:19 PM
Friday, December 24, 2010
Once again I will attempt to get an email out on this computer. It jumps from one line to the other and there is a missing letter between w and y. It has been an interesting morning. No class today because it's market day. The rooster and I both awoke at 5AM; one of these mornings I'm going to get up at 4AM and wake him! I went to bed early so it was OK. I had a great study and wanted to send a lesson but not enough computer time. The lesson was on understanding that each of us has an ultimate purpose that is worth accomplishing. For me I know I am not here because it was something I dreamed up, but that God wanted. God's purpose must be understood, accepted in all of us in order to be fulfilled. It is all relative to that grace that is in Christ for us. Hebrews 4:16 Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.
I am enjoying the meals. It's traditional for which is plain but tasty; rice, ugali, greens, kuku, a little beef or goat meat, potatoes, flat bread, and spaghetti and souses. What a menu! In the morning we have bananas, boiled eggs and tea. I am careful not to drink the water. I remember years ago getting deathly ill from drinking the water on Indian reservations. I vowed never to do that again! I don't know the name of the street where Joseph and I live but I told him it should be called Dirt Street. The problem is that all the streets are dirt, so maybe our street could be called Joseph Dirt Street (see what you do for entertainment around here)? It reminds me of the times when I worked with Indian tribes. It seems the main difference is that the Sandburu people don't have a chip on their shoulder or have a sense of entitlement. They enjoy their lives and are grateful for relationships.
Posted by CROSSROADS AFRICA EXPEDITIONS at 11:57 AM
Monday, December 20, 2010
I am comfortable in my room and discovering that Christ's life is very adaptable-if one permit; I am permitting. It is not a sacrifice but a wonderful and exciting privilege to be here in this remote corner of Kenya. It is very hot, but you know me, I handle the heat well. I received a blessing from Ben's email- Pass on my love to him and all. The regular email teaching will have to be on hold for a while as I am limited in time. I will try to make it up when this venture is over. That probable won't be until Jan.11th when the pilot can hopefully picks me up in Kisima-this is not certain. I am able to receive emails through Skybeam. I stay in touch with Stan in Nairobi by phone when I have a connection.
Posted by CROSSROADS AFRICA EXPEDITIONS at 1:21 PM
Saturday, December 4, 2010
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