Kibera

This past week I had my 1st opportunity to travel into the Kibera slums, where over a million people live in a little over a square mile of tin-roofed shanties. Ted and I were shooting at a literacy center and interviewing some people who work there. I’ve walked by the entrance to Kibera several times (it’s about a 2 minute walk from our house!) and have had this fear about Kibera since moving here (white people have to take security escorts with them when going inside the slums), but the experience we had there was really great. The slums may be filled with trash and filth and disease (bars selling homemade brews in re-used Coke bottles, stuff like that!), but we met some people with the joy of Christ in the worst of circumstances. We saw some beautiful children and some of the hardest working people in the world. Click here for some of the photos I took from Kibera if you want to see...

Nairobi

Our overnight flight to Kenya was very pleasant, and the Kenya Airways plane was absolutely the nicest plane we’d ever ridden on. We arrived around 6:30 in the morning, and were totally wasted. We slept maybe an hour. Sydney’s benedryll wore off shortly after supper, and she was up most of the flight. We met my uncle Roger and aunt Shirley (missionaries with AIM) at the airport, and they took us to a friends house for a short nap. Shirley then drove us through Nairobi (an adrenaline rush, if it’s your first time) to Rosslyn Academy, where Lesa and I led worship for a chapel service. This is the school where my cousins, Rachel and Hannah, attend. It was beautiful, as was Nairobi in general. Lots of trees and flowering vegetation, and such a great, mild climate that the school campus was a real open-air architecture. After lunch at Rosslyn, we went to an orphanage for infants who were orphaned by AIDS. Many of them had tested positive for AIDS because their mothers had AIDS, but we found out in many cases they end up not being infected at all. The next day we had planned a tour of the Kibera slums, but ended up spending the morning at the doctors office as Sydney was throwing up again, and had developed strange spots all over her torso and arms and legs. We thought it might have been an allergic reaction to the malaria meds she had just started taking, or maybe an interaction with the chickenpox vaccine she had had along with a buch of other required vaccines before...
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