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Day 1 –Gilgil IDP and Nakuru dump site

Today was a great start after a long day and a half of traveling to get here. First, I should say my luggage did not make it when we arrived last night. So, I’ve been wearing the same thing for far too long. The pastors did take me to a store tonight where I grabbed a few “essentials”–no need for details there. About today–the IDP Camp at Gilgil was just as we left it last year. Folks living in tents made of ragged tarps and tree limbs. Rocks are used to hold the edges down. It was raining today which gave us a good idea of how miserable it is for theses people in bad weather–not that living where they do isn’t bad enough. We were able to share a hot meal–rice with a bean cabbage soup. After lunch, we handed out much needed blankets and shoes. I had an opportunity to encourage them in the Lord with the story of Jesus healing blind Bartimaeus–one of my favorite stories in scripture. Prayers and celebrations followed which included the most beautiful and happy praise music I have ever heard–with only the accompaniment of a small handheld drum. It was a joyful occasion indeed. Yesterday in Kenya was there Memorial Day to remember all of their soldiers. These people could not celebrate, but today they did. For God had remembered them and shined down his face upon them. They truly believe that Hid has graced them to endure this heavy trial and that He will bring them through. We did hear rumors today that the government is supposed to be providing some land for them elsewhere soon. I hope somewhere better and filled with more resources. It is wonder they haven’t all starved to death. I give God thanks for His protection and mercy towards these beautiful people. At the dump site, I was once again greeted by the largest vultures I have ever seen. The smell is unlike anything I have ever had to endure. I am so saddened that this is home for these people. As we pulled to a stop, the children had already gathered, worn out plastic container and spoon in hand–they were definitely hungry. A few had found some rotted fruit before we got there and were eating on it as we arrived. They are all covered with mud and flies. A similar hot meal was served, as well as blankets and shoes handed out. The sun was nearly gone by the time we left this hell hole of a place. As I left tonight, I couldn’t help but think that it just isn’t right for this to be anyone’s normal. May God intervene and get these people out. Dinner tonight was a quick peanut butter sandwich with some water. I’m just too tired to clean up and go to our hotel restaurant. Maybe tomorrow night. May the Lord give me rest and may he protect us as we travel 2 hours north to Eldoret tomorrow.

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