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# Feelings on returning after 18 months

I immediately felt in a way at home in this special place

Arriving in Nairobi and from there going 5 hours up in the North, I had time to really arrive in Africa with all its impressions! Till the point of time when I entered the airplane I wouldn’t know if it really would work out because of these times of uncertainty.

When I was finally back I first needed time to realize that and I can tell that it is amazing to be back in a community that I was so happy to see again. People I have met before, faces that would be welcoming me so much!
Arriving at Ngaremara Kindfund, I immediately felt in a way at home in this special place that is already known to me. Also I’m glad that I still could identify the kids, that they have not grown too much since I left them last time.
After a few days of compulsory isolation, I was ready to meet the kids face to face. It was overwhelming. In a good way but at the same time literally overwhelming as the kids wouldn’t stop requesting my attention and besides I was trying to get used to the quite warm temperature at that time of the year.
I couldn’t change the fact that I’m only one person. Therefore I was glad that after 2 days everything settled down a bit, so that I could have good encounters with single kids. Something I enjoy a lot is to improve a bit of my Swahili, the kids are the best little teachers one could wish for.
Being on the road in Africa (like a trip to nearby Isiolo) is always an adventure, I love it and at the same time it can get scary. Here is to mention that Gillian is a tough driver keeping calm no matter what!
As I finish this initial report I am looking forward to travelling North to visit the Kindfund children in the homes at Ndikir and Wamba before returning for a short few days at Ngaremara to complete the administration required now for flying home to Austria.
Time flies by so fast. I’m here for a total 4 weeks and know already that I’m going to miss the people and the country after this. Thank you for having me Kindfund Family I will write further when I return home.
Lea
26h August 2021

added on Aug 29

# Back in Business

How pleasant then to receive the photograph of her visiting one of our boys in hospital

Gillian has now been in Kenya for 2 weeks and she has truly jumped

into the deep end.

Usually after a short break of a couple of months between visits there is plenty to keep us busy when we arrive back at Kindfund. However with the 16 month Covid break there is a lot that could overwhelm on arrival.

Since landing Gillian has isolated for 8 days, taken a covid test and then been thrust into the middle of Kindfund activities from issues with Government Departments to preparing the July financing arrangements and much else besides.

How pleasant then to receive the photograph of her visiting one of our boys in hospital after he had an operation on his foot. I understand he can’t wait to be released to get back to school. Top of his class he doesn’t want to be missing anything.

The children – all 130 of them and more besides when we think of those who have left us but still need support – are our primary concern although the ‘other’ aspects of running three children’s homes can place huge demands on us and limit our time with them.

So with lots to do and decisions to be made we need to know the mind of God and Gillian needs wisdom to pace herself as she carries the load at the sharp end for the next few months.
In mid August she will be joined by Lea from Austria returning for her second visit. Please pray also for her as she makes arrangements and travels.

added on Aug 4

Please Pray

Pray for safety for Lea as she travels

Pray for Gillian that she will have the mind of Christ

For the family of 57 children and staff at Ngaremara

Compassion and wisdom for management and staff as they prepare for new children

Give thanks for the harvest and pray for more workers

Pray for availability of vaccinations for staff

We thank God for his protection

That they will know the source of true happiness and fulfilment

Pray for smooth and peaceful transition for the babies to Kindfund

Pray that other children will mature into their faith

Give thanks for team spirit and staff loyalty and for children's co-operation

Give thanks for a productive and team building few months

Give thanks for the God incidents on Gillian's way home

Pray for God's protection for the homes, children and staff

That we are able to do more

That relief will come for the villagers impacted by the closure of their markets

Let us also pray for Kindfund family in this current situation of corona virus.

Thank God for the bond between Lea and the children and that she has an answer to her prayer

[ Contact Daphne Lucas if you would like to know more about supporting us through prayer ]

'And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests'
Eph 6:18

Kindfund was established as a charity in 2004 to further the gospel of Jesus Christ and to help relieve poverty amongst some of the poorest tribes in northern Kenya, working with the pastoralist Turkana, Samburu and Rendille.

We currently use 5 tonnes of food and supplies per month, providing for 125 children in 4 homes and 250 children in nursery and primary education.

We have dug 7 wells and fitted 7 handpumps, bringing safe water to remote villages.

100% of gifts go to Kenya.

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