After two long days of traveling and layovers, our team finally arrived in Kisumu, Kenya. David and his brother John met us after our flight where we loaded into the “Beast,” and the, “Baby Beast,” (their large SUVs). We made a stop in Kisumu at the Nakumat which is “Kenya’s Wal-mart.” We were shocked at how large it is. The Nakumat is the closest supermarket to David’s house, about 45 minutes away. After our grocery run, we headed to House of Hope, a ministry David started. So far, they have built a very nice clinic. His assistant, Elaine, showed us around. They are still in the process of setting it up, but everything they are doing is really great. They have started working on a children center where they will have 20 kids to fill the rooms in June.
Next, we headed to Kandaria where Justine (his wife) was ready with dinner. She is quite the chef! Our first meal consisted of ugali, avocado, mini bananas, beef, sekuma wiki (equivalent to kale), and passionfruit juice. We will be eating a lot of ugali here. It’s almost like a huge ball of sticky, thick grits. You cut your slice like cake and mix it with the other foods. Everything was delicious.
Kandaria is a beautiful place. We love it here and cannot wait to continue exploring. All of the people are so good to us, very welcoming and full of smiles. Everyone speaks D’luo which is the language of the Luo tribe. We didn’t waste any time in trying to learn their language and began our lessons last night. Justine gave us our Kandarian names which is how we will introduce ourselves. These names are decided based on the time of day that the person was born, and all of the people here share these names. Men’s names start with an O and female’s with an A. We find the culture very intriguing… quite different from America. For instance, goats and cows walking on the highway. Here, they drive on the right side of the car, left side of the road. Out of time for now, catch yah on the next posting!
Aheri ahinya (much love),