Friday, November 13, 2015

President Mwambere in Mombasa

In the streets after a rainy day in Mombasa

Elder Harris, this little girl loved him

This wasn't uncommon to see this driving down the Mombasa highway.The trucks along this road were old and could barely make it up the hills.

Sara in Machakos with her mother. They were investigating the church. 

The Chaka motel we stayed in for three nights every week until our apartment in Machakos was ready.

Peters family. A set of twins and a 13 year old daughter. The outfits they are wearing are the ones we bought for them so they could go to church without feeling ashamed.

Our housekeeper in Mombasa Martha

A young family that sold avacados along the road. You could buy a gunny sack full for seven dollars! They were so excited when we bought the whole sack.

sugar cane plants in Chimbeke

The hillside is tarrace shambas (garden)

The road to Ilima.

More farms or terrace gardens

Elder Harris in Chyulu. He loved the kids.

Duka in the hills. Outside grocery area. Where people bought their food.

Entrance into Machakos!

Tina- relief society president in Chimguamway

Janet and her daughter in Chimguamway. She was primary president.

In Machakos, the group meeting house. 

Group Meeting house. An old cement building that was a trade school. 

Hill in Machakos- they said if you walked around it seven times it would change your gender.

Along the hillside, dig the soil out to act as a mortar for their houses. Kinda like pumice.

young banana plants in the hills

Kilungo hills area

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Branches in the Hills

The big blue building is the Kyambeke branch

We found this young man who was 14 and named Kevin at the branch that day and he told us we could go in.  It's a nice big building with lots of room to expand

The white building is the Mitini branch who has so many members that it is being split.  When we arrived many were sitting outside the front doors listening to the service.  


Sarah and her mom Lillian want to be baptized and we will be teaching the discussions as there is no missionaries in the area.  Also other's wanting to be baptized as well.  

In arriving in Machakos we found a small group of saints who are trying to become a branch.  This is an old warehouse where they meet and hold sacrament.

This is Rose and Bernard one of the families who we met in Machakos who helps with the meetings there.

Leaving Mombasa

These 3 kids are Peter's from the branch presidency in Changamwe.  I bought these kids their clothes as their sunday best was not suitable for church.

This is Tina and her husband.  She is R.S. pres. from Changamwe,

Janet and daughter.  She use to be Primary presdient.
Scholastic is a guard at the Changamwe branch who we feel in love with

Saying goodbye

 David and Quenteer was a young couple we met and connected with right off.  We love them

President Mwambere was a powerful Branch leader and good friend

President Mwambere and his daughter, David and Quenteer Ogala 

Well here we are still in limbo . We are going to machouse tommorw and hope that we can find lodging . We have allot to do there . It is real hilly with thousands of terraced farms . We bought about 40 avocados along the road it cost us about three dollars . Were it is a big Ag area we should be able to purchase plenty of local vegetables . Oh by the way we don't have a clue what do do with all those Avocados it just sounded like a good idea at the time . They also raise allot of Mangoes. There is a grocery store in Machoes so  I hope that we don't have to come back to Nairobi very often . The farms are all small family farms consisting of about two to three acres . They live entirely off the things they raise and all labor is done by hand .   We will probably have more teaching experiences and maybe I will get wet more we will see . I am going to ask for a few days early release . I hope to be back home by the tenth or maybe a little sooner . With that in mind we only have four and one half months to go. We really look forward to seeing you all again . I know that we will miss the people but will be glad to see all of you and our friends. The British government has closed there consulate in Mombasa and urges all citizens to avoid travel to the Mombasa area . Kind of crazy but it is not any better here in Nairobi . I will be so glad to move out of here . Well we love you all .
             Mom and Dad