Well once again an unexpected day in Kenya! We made our way to Mambai school early this morning for the well dedication ceremony. Once we got there we found out that two of the classes were having exams until 11am, so not wanting anyone to miss the event we decided to wait until they were done.
We started the ceremony at 11am. The school children were all excited and sang worship songs in unison led by one of their teachers. One of the boys from the school wrote an essay about the water project and he read his essay. We passed out the “Sango and the Well” books, if you haven’t read it yet its on the Love Inspired Outreach website. Then we had students read the book both in English and Swahili, they did a wonderful job. Pastor Walter spoke, I spoke, Karen’s father spoke, we presented them with the dedication sign and then the best part of the ceremony according to the kids, Tumani presented 4 soccer balls to the school.
The well completion is on course so far–the tank stand is half-way done and pump testing to determine capacity of well will start on Thursday. Pump installation is scheduled for Saturday. Digging trenches for piping t various spigot locations is yet to begin–I guess waiting for the tank stand to be ready.
The school in turn gave us letters of appreciation which we will bring back with us and an arm of bananas. Its more than just a bunch, it must weigh 100 lbs. I don’t think we will be bringing that home with us. After the ceremony we said our goodbyes to the children and staff at the school. We saw John and Kim off on their way to Kitale on another mission and we took off for Niarobi. As I type this we are still on our way. A trip that should take about 3 hours in the states takes 6 hours in Kenya.
Tomorrow we take Karen’s father to see the mission doctor and hopefully find some help for him. Then maybe we will do some souvenir shopping. Mike, mom will bring you home something special from Kenya. Keep praying travel in Kenya is down right dangerous but we have the seventh wonder of Kenya, Pastor Walter driving us. Praise God for His servants.