Saturday, January 23, 2016

Christmas in Kenya

After a hectic term at school and a busy camp season at Word of Life, it was great to get some time away to visit with family and friends in Kenya.

Once we crossed the border into Kenya, our first place was to head to the town of Koru, where Welli's parents and a few other family members live.

First stop is Kisumu, the city that lies on the north-east corner of Lake Victoria.

Purchasing a few items in the town of Muhoroni, just outside of Koru.
Going for a walk in Koru.
Christmas Eve in the Oliech home.  No fancy Christmas decorations, but together reading the Christmas story and singing carols.
Christmas morning church service in Koru.

Christmas Day food and fellowship.

Babu and Dana (Grandpa and Grandma) with many of their grandchildren.  There are at least 15 more grandchildren who were not present during Christmas.

Scenery of Koru

On Boxing Day, we drove to Naivasha (which is on the way to Nairobi) to meet up with friends.

Some wildlife along the way...

Catching up with friends and playing football (soccer).  We have not seen some of these friends in over 10 years!  

Then off to Nairobi, where we were hosted by our dear friends, Bob & Patricia Nyanja, and their family.

Serene setting while sitting on their deck.

While in Nairobi, we visited the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, an elephant orphanage.  They rescue baby elephants whose parents have either died of natural causes or from poaching.  As you can see, there were a lot of visitors that day.  They only allow visitors to come for 1 hour every day while they babies are being fed and have some playtime.

Ringing in 2016 with friends around a campfire - singing and sharing what God has done in 2015.