Math Class

Dolly and I are both involved in the schooling of the MKs here on the Tenwek Campus.  Dolly teaches the girls sewing  and I do a shop class for the middle school boys and substitute in middle school math.

There is a covered play area near our visiting staff building called the Kipagenga.  It is a great place to play during rainy weather.  They have installed a basket for basketball for the older MKs.  This week I am going to take the math class down to the kipagenga to lay out a basketball court (half-court, that is) and paint the lines .  The older MKs will be coming home for a short break, and they will have a real surprise to have a real basketball court for their pick up games.

Because the surface is cement, I drilled holes and inserted plugs to use as the centers for the circles we needed.  I screwed three pieces of wood together and drilled holes so that we could use the device as our compass.  This was the first time these children had seen a compass which was 19 ft 9 inches long ! The holes in our compass were exactly two inches apart, and accepted two crayons for marking the lines.

Using masking tape we marked the boundaries for our lines and prepared the surface for paint.  And as the pictures show, when it comes to basketball is there any other color besides blue?  I was a little bit nervous about the painting because I was not certain that the masking tape we used to mark the lines would be sufficient to prevent the paint from seeping beneath the tape.  But we tried it nevertheless.  And the MKs had a great time painting.  When the paint was dry we removed the tape, and we were pleased with the great lines that were made.   This is my grandson, Peter, rolling up the last bit of tape.

Perhaps, this is a bit unusual for prayer letter material.  But in working with the MKs this was just one little way in which we are able to help them keep in touch with another world—a world they eventually will enter when it is time for short trips to their homeland or even for college.



Ethiopia Trip

After our Safari we were very busy with two visiting groups—one group was involved in non-medical projects  while the other group of 15 doctors had a very busy hospital schedule.  Before their visit was completed Dolly and I had immigration work to do which required our leaving the country.  Some of these details shared below will give you insight into the nitty-gritty of missionary life.

Our visa extension expired in late September.  So we left Kenya for a short stay in  the Ethiopian capital of Addis Ababa.  The hotel recommended to us was not represented at the airport terminal when we arrived.  As ground transport in  foreign ports can be quite a hassle for someone not speaking the local language and without local currency, I was not excited about getting taxi service from the airport to a hotel.

Dolly spotted several young ladies who were airline stewardesses, and asked them for a recommendation.  They suggested their hotel and pointed us to the hotel counter.  The attendant was very friendly but could not find a vacancy for us.  Now it is important to understand that white hair has its advantages.  The attendant did not want to see this white haired lady and the older man spend the night on the street, so he offered us a deluxe room at the standard room rate.  We did not ponder the offer—we accepted it immediately.  The deluxe accommodations included ground transportation to and from the hotel, breakfast in the morning and a great room in which to sleep.  Jehovah-nissi—we travel under the banner of the Almighty.

Like many men I carry a small pen knife in my pocket.  My knife is a swiss army knife and it is a bit bulky to carry around.  While at home I put it in my shaving kit, and retrieve it when I need it.   You guessed it!!  I put the shaving kit in the suitcase, and forgot all about the swiss army knife  until we went through airport security.  I was required to check the bag and had a flashback to the lost camera bag the last time I had to check my carry on.  Upon arrival at Addis Ababa a very nice lady at the airport took us right to the bag.  What peace!!  Jehovah-shalom.

At eight o’clock we were back at the airport with two hundred plus people  getting our boarding pass and then going through security, which was just a bit shy of a strip search.  When we completed these activities and headed for the gate, I discovered Dolly and I were seated in different rows.  No, I am not going back to the ticket counter and then through security again; I will try to correct it at the gate.  At the gate waiting lounge there was more security.  Seems that the white hair didn’t have much clout with the security personnel.  I explained my seat situation to the lady at the counter and requested that we have seats together.  The lady asked me to leave my boarding passes with her and she would see what she could do.  When it was time to board she called me up to the counter and said that the flight was full—- so she had to put us in first class!  In all the years of flying to and from mission fields we had never flown first class.  Not only did we have seats together, we were  pampered all the way to Nairobi.  Jehovah-jirah—the Lord provided and some extra at that.

We are back in Tenwek and have begun the process for a work permit which will allow us to extend our visit.  We covet your prayers to that end.

50th Anniversary

Having a 50th Wedding Anniversary is really a big thing in Kenya as well as in the missionary community.  It just doesn’t happen very often.  Thus, we were happy to be able to celebrate here  at Tenwek.  Following are just a few photos of a reception at our daughter’s house.

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August Prayer & Praise

The following are items you may want to remember in prayer. We will upgrade the list regularly and share the results with you.

1. In the Pen Project, I mentioned the need for a work space and a good workman. Monday of this week (26-07-10) I was given a room vacated by the prosthesis department. I am working on it to put up shelves, a pegboard for the tools, and drawers for the pen parts. Thank you for your prayers.
2. We have located a workman who will be ideal for the project; but the details and commitments have not been reached yet. Pray for a smooth changeover for the workman.
3. Dolly and I have been struggling with the allergies of a new environment. Good health is a must and we need your prayers for daily strength.
4. Bishop Rono of the African Gospel Church past away recently. Services were held last weekend Friday through Monday. Pray for new leadership for the church and for the hospital, as the Bishop sits on the hospital board.
5. Our paper work is currently being processed. We are praying that it can be completed quickly and without incident. As of today, August 14, Vince has been cleared and we are waiting for Dolly’s paper work to be processed
6. An item of praise—We have had a wonderful time this month with a number of college and medical students who have come to Tenwek Hospital during their school break. They have been quality people, and we have enjoyed being their host and hostess.
7. The winds of change blow very slowly. We are working on patience. I had a saw blade brought out for the shop, and it took three weeks for the shop supervisors to get it installed. But it is in place and working now, and we have some happy workmen able to do safer, more accurate work.

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