we’ve named the amoeba grover. when he is finished i am going to celebrate with the new lb. of DD coffee that my mother and father shipped. other goodies include listerine strips (the little tape-pieces that make your tongue want to explode) because my class specifically requested them (daily) after trying the end of my old stale christmas stocking strips, an salsa (since i told salim i couldnt find any around). They sent lots of STRIDE (AHH) and splenda (jeanette cant have sugar) and ramen and mac and cheese (ugh also jeanette). she is gonna be around 4 years without a visit home ($$$) so i asked what she wanted.
what else came..new capris (thanks mom!) they fit perfectly thanks to grover. uhh..a hoodie thats not “the sheep” (i had one THICK hoodie that was too much and thats all.) letters from friends (you know who you are and i think you’re awesome)…uhmmmmm..yep!
most importantly, they came with all of the funds we need to get FF school started. Dan has decided to document every waking minute of the trip with his little orange camera. so you’ll get to see it (we hope!) Words can’t express how thankful i and especially our volunteers and families in embakasi are for all the things sent. theyve wanted to get started for years and there was literally no way at all…Since words cant express, ill hold off on the praise (except to God) and let you know how things go. we’ve got a meeting tomorrow with the people in roi/mwiki to discuss that branch of the program, then we do the kids’ day! i really really hope to see more committment from henry’s church so we can start giving them what they need to get started (we’ve got nothing til a few more people commit to volunteer.)
my entire to do list is 3 pages or so..i wont write it all. i ask you to pray for me as i try to contact people with no contact list (phone stolen) so we can finish things.
so update or “why i cant come home JUST yet:
mwiki project: close to being ready but needing to nail down a.) which volunteers will do what, b.) who will take care of our field, c.) ok, this is the farthest from finished but an exciting project because of the potential of the acre we’ve got our hands on.
embakasi/kware: school budget complete. funds basically raised. school volunteers willing and MORE than ready to begin..families in teh community ready to send kids…going to help build an addition next week with dan/ramon.
satellite: still needs a building of their own (they rent). working on a site (one of my own students!) and sending samples home of things local people craft and want to sell online. please buy things. 😀
those are the three places family focus is working on as of now.
A secure account needs to be set up this week so people can feel free to give. workin on it!
in addition, work at the university to pay for my board, and the morning star site need to be worked on (the site needs pictures of 4 new kids, content written, lot to do but really great so far).
see, if i leave now, unraveling. if i stay, self-sustaining programs (i think). dan and ramon are..tired…but i tthink will be more awake and refreshed and ready to START in a few hours. please pray for discernment for me as i consider staying in the slums vs. my own bedroom all weekend. grover. 😀 thanks!
EW. just killed a large mosquito. yucky.