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Friday Foto Fiesta!

Each week, Candid Carrie hosts an event – Phriday Photo Phiesta!

This is my first time playing along – I thought I’d give it a try as part of NaBloPoMo.

This is one of my new favorite pictures.

My peeps in Kenya - I miss spending so much time with them!

My peeps in Kenya - I miss spending so much time with them!

This is Kim, Brad, Jonathan & I in Nairobi last month, on the last day of our trip.  Kim, Brad & I live near each other in MI – and have become good friends through our shared Kenya experience.  Jonathan is our team leader, and lives just outside of Hilton Head, NC.  He is on staff at Harvesters International part time – an great ministry.  All three are amazing people and truly were a bright spot in an already-very-bright mission.  This is my fabulous foursome in Kenya.  We had so much fun, and laughed until we had tears.  Until we ran out of breath.  Until our abs hurt.

We can be goofy around each other.  And real.  We can also talk about bodily functions in a way that I can’t do with ANYONE else.  There’s just something about traveling to a remote location, away from everyone else that builds bonds.

But here’s the thing – even if I was at home, in my comfort zone, surrounded by my normal life:  I would still choose to hang out with these dorks.  Because they accept me as my dorky self.

Have a great Friday, and an even better weekend.  Don’t forget to stop by Candid Carrie’s blog to see who else is playing along!

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Number 100. Where do I start?

So.  Here I am on my 100th post.  And I’m at a loss for words.

***Note:  I was at such a loss for words that there was a 4 day pause here…..

Let me start by thanking you for just stopping by and checking this site out.  I still feel like a rookie at this blogging thing, and have a lot to learn.  This started out as a creative outlet for me – a way to express all those words and thoughts that are continuously running through my brain.  The writing has been slow and arduous recently, as my life has been going at a fast and furious pace.

I know that a lot of bloggers do a “100 facts” list for their 100th post.  But I kind of got a head start on that a while ago….  (see link to that page above)  I think I will be resuming that thread shortly once I get some other things off my mind. 🙂

Lately, I’ve been preoccupied with getting ready for Kenya, traveling there, and – now – processing all that I saw and experienced while I was in that beautiful country.   There is such an amazing dichotomy that exists where I traveled.  The Pokot people have so little in terms of possessions and access to health care, education and resources.  But they inhabit some of the most beautiful land that God created.  Deep valleys, rocky, green mountains, and stars so bright and numerous that you feel like you can reach out and grab a few.  Every sunrise, sunset and vista took my breath away.

So did the people.  My heart connects so strongly with the beautiful Pokot.  Their faces tell so many stories, and I can’t get over how lovely their ebony skin, dark eyes and petit features are.  Our dorm was next to a primary school and we had a chance to spend time with some local school children each morning and after we returned from our clinics.

Here’s a video of us singing along with one of their songs:

ps: at the end of this video there’s a brief glimpse of me in my brown sweatshirt.

I also got to see these kids one day at a clinic.  Don’t you just want to give that adorable boy in the middle a big hug??? And pinch and kiss those cheeks??

We had so much fun with these kids! The one in the middle kept pointing to his image on the screen saying, Na Nee! Na Nee! (Thats me!)

We had so much fun with these kids! The one in the middle kept pointing to his image on the screen saying, "Na Nee! Na Nee!" (That's me!)

So – that’s all I have the brain power to talk about today.  I spent almost 4 hours in interviews today and need to give my mind a rest.  More to follow on that update later.  Tonight I am all talked out, friends!

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Jet-lagged

I feel like I’m almost a little rusty at posting on this site – it’s been a few weeks since I’ve drafted a new post of any length!

I am still recovering from my travels -and trying to adjust back to Eastern Standard Time and western culture.  🙂

This trip was AMAZING! Not only was I able to spend time with the amazing Pokot people, but I was blessed to work with a wonderful team from the US.

19 Americans were on this trip.  2 of them were from Harvesters International and they led the team.  Ed Hirschman and Jonathan Lancaster are two amazing, funny, loving, talented, leaders.  More importantly: they are men of God.  Plus they are just a riot to be around.  We laughed so much every day.

I promise to work on some more detailed stories from the trip shortly.  For now the bare bones are:

We saw over 3,200 patients.

Besides dispensing meds, we also did a lot of wound care for some people.  Some minor – and some more severe.  One patient was sent to a hospital a few hours away.

Clinics were held at 12 locations in a very remote area of West Pokot.

I fell into an african toilet.

But, like I said – more details to follow shortly!

I will leave you with a few pics.

The view:

Imagine seeing this every day!

Imagine seeing this every day!

And some of the women we saw:

They called themselves the Savage Womens Club!

They called themselves the Savage Women's Club!

And a typical scene in the Pharmacy/Wound Care area:

I'm way in the background behind the Pokot mother. Proof that I actually was working sometimes! ha!

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Kenya – Days 14 & 15

We will be taking close to two days to travel back home to the states.  This is partly due to the huge time difference between the two countries.

Pray for rest, reflection and changed hearts.  Pray that we will be able to adjust back to our home culture, without losing all of the changes God has brought about in us over the last two weeks.  Pray for our hearts – for it is hard to leave the Pokot, knowing that there is always more to be done there.

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Kenya – Day 13

Lucky number 13!  Today we will be travelling in-country headed back to Nairobi.  A few team members will travel separately and will be visiting the Masai Mara National Game Preserve.   They will get to visit my old friends:

Just waking up from a nap...

Just waking up from a nap...

For those of us who opted out of the safari, we will be headed into the city to spend a day there.  One of our team members works for Google and we are hoping to visit their Nairobi office while we are there.  Pray for safe travels for both groups as we drive on the poorly maintained and narrow roads.

Pray for: Our drivers and our in-country team members.  For safe travels.

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extra prayers, please…

We have a few sick team members here – most of us have had a few sick days over the trip (I had a very sore throat for two days).
Right now Kim and Jonathan are very ill. Please keep them in your prayers – Some of us are back in Nairobi now, while 1/2 of the team is out in Masai Mara for a one day safari.
We haven’t had running water, hot showers, or a toilet seat in almost two weeks, so our hotel here is a real luxury!!!

We saw over 3,000 patients during the course of our clinics – but I’ll have more details on that later.

~juli

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Kenya – Day 12

We are 4/5 of the way through our trip at this point!  Continue to pray for our family and friends at home. And for us – that we would not be homesick, but would be fully present in the work at hand.  Pray also for the Pokot whom we interracted with – that the Gospel would be firmly planted in their hearts.

We may be having a clinic day today – but will likely be packing up for our return back to Nairobi.

Pray for: Relection and soft hearts. 

Pray for team member Julianne (me!).  My verse is Jeremiah 32:17

Ah, Sovereign LORD, you have made the heavens and the earth by your great power and outstretched arm.  Nothing is too hard for you.

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