Just a few words about the last day in Kenya before I embarked on the all night journey home. It was lovely to get up a little later on Saturday, with nothing to prepare. We left the Mission to Seamen at about 10, with Moses’s whole family, so 7 of us in the car. (Very good car.) We took the ferry from Mombasa Island to the mainland and drove a few miles to a place called Ukunda. You can find it easily on google maps. We visited Christmas and his family in his vicarage and ch
Just two morning sessions today. We spent most of the time looking at how you get from understanding a passage to preaching a sermon - things like stating and explaining your teaching points, getting the big idea of your passage across, illustrating and applying, getting and keeping people’s attention, etc. It was great fun. This is the most engaged and responsive group I’ve worked with over the four times I’ve done this sorts of workshops in Africa. Probably some of that is
First session this morning was the medical doctor again. Good stuff, and a nice humorous light touch, but quite hard going at just under two hours without a break. Then I taught a Bible overview and we managed to get from Genesis to Kings by lunch. Lunch was . . . heavy. Their staple food is called (I think) Ugali, or something like that. It’s a slab of maize stodge - I imagine you’d get something similar by mixing cornflour with a little boiling water. Hard going, but the Ke
Sorry to hear about the weather in England. Normally such weather is reserved for my summer holidays. It does sound even more special than usual. Here it’s about 27 degrees every day - pretty perfect, really. It’s been quite cloudy, but bright times too. Today I managed to fit in a swim in the centre’s pool - lovely to feel a whole day wash off you. I did four lengths, which for me is very keen and impressive. Yes, it’s tough here. Today’s pattern very similar to yesterday’s.
I’m told this is becoming a blog. I believe that counts as promotion. Thanks again for lovely messages and news - really nice to feel in touch from 4000 miles away. So great to know you’re praying for me. It’s wonderful to feel well supported. Today another really positive and encouraging day. Timetable today: up early to prepare; breakfast at 8; walk to the centre for 9 and opening devotions with an excellent short exposition on Romans 12:1-2 from a local vicar and wonderful
Just a short one today - don’t want you getting bored. Thanks for messages received. So encouraging, thank you for loving and praying for me, and glad Sunday was good at home. My Bible reading this morning was Isaiah 44. It really is a stunning piece of writing. Teaching started today. Timing and attendance were remarkably good by African standards. By the end of lunch we were running only one hour late. Very few wandered away during the sessions. I told them it was Kenya one
Sunday evening, bed beckoning. Saturday we were shown round some of Mombasa. The best and most moving moment was seeing the memorial to Johann Ludwig Krapf and his family’s graves. Krapf was a German (Mennonite?) Christian who was sent to Kenya’s east coast by CMS in 1944. A brilliant linguist, he gave the country its first Swahili dictionary and Bible. There were no Christians here and he started from scratch, preaching the gospel and freeing slaves from the Arabs. Within si