One of the things that I am SO excited to be involved in while we're here is a group called Tabitha. It started many years ago as a small bible study on Wednesday mornings with just a couple of women. It has grown into hundreds of women, studying God's Word, all over the country side near Tenwek. One of the small group leaders travels on a bodaboda (motorcycle) for two hours to get to Tenwek to get the bible study and then takes it back to teach it to the women in her area. Amazing, right? These are the women I talked a lot about back in the US before we came.
Besides studying the bible, Tabitha also helps women in the community with new mud houses, dairy cows and seed distribution. My mom, Eden and I were invited to help with one of the house muddings before my mom left for the US. A lot of the community came out to help and watch all the activity. There was a local school on the land right next to where we were mudding the house, so we had a really big audience. We were told it was a historic mudding as well, since some of the men in the community, including the local pastor rolled up their sleeves and pant legs and helped with the work. They laughed at the end of the day saying, "This is usually women's work, but now we have seen that men can do it too."
When we got there, the wood structure was already built. The grass around the house was all dug up. Then water was added to the dirt in the ground and the mixing began...with our bare feet. It was a lot of fun, and a lot of work.
The house being mudded was for Christine. She has nine children, six of whom are still living, and over a hundred grandchildren and great-grandchildren. This mama was so gracious, busily cooking food and making chai for us and the elders of the community that came out for the event. This was the only time she sat down for whole day.
It was great to see the people of this community rally around Christine and help build her a new house. We enjoyed the chance to see the love of Jesus working in this area and being able to be part of it in a small way.
Mike (pediatric surgeon) and Julie (nurse/mother to two) living in Kenya, East Africa