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

Another family trying to survive in the chyulu area.

The man on the left what showing us some shambas (gardens) with Elder Gotcher

African Bee's.  They eat a lot of honey here in Africa.  They have to be really careful not to be stung as they are lethal.

Typical shack that most live in

I was just hanging out with the kids and we wanted shots of the homes they lived in.

talk about living in the 1800's, they use these oxen to plow in their shamba's

In Chyulu we went and visited all the mothers who were widows. Sister Gotcher took them boxes

This new baby is only one week old and the daddy walked away from his young family of three.

These are the typical type of homes you will see, with some being much worse. They are made of mud and sticks.

A young mother with her kids in Chyulu

Many places have these wells available and most share with families. They use it to wash, drink and water shambas. 


Some cute kids hiding in the branches and playing peek a boo with us. We gave them all suckers.