August 29th

Tuesday August 29th, 1978
Limuru, Kenya
This morning M.G. went into town to get some parts for our car.  He didn’t get home until after 1:00pm.  Ken and I were just finishing up lunch.  We had fried chicken.  This afternoon at 2:00pm Cherry and I met with some African women to plan our women’s work.  I made a batch of chocolate chip cookies.  They are still showing people going by looking at Mzee’s body on T.V.  Tonight after supper M.G. and Ken went up to the garage to work on our car some more.

Dad makes a not so quick trip into town to get some parts for the 403.  Whenever you plan on a quick trip in Kenya something always happens to extend your venture.  I am sure Dad got to enjoy some leftover chicken when he got home.

Mom and Cherry Kirkpatrick were once again setting up an initial plan for the women’s work.  I say initial because in Africa nothing is ever set in stone.  Of all the lessons that I learned from Mom during her years in Africa this one ranks amount the best.  Try to make a plan and stick to it, however if circumstances warrant be willing to bend with the wind.  God calls us to be sensitive to His still small voice.  During my everyday hustle and bustle I would be wise to calm down and stop and listen to see if I am following His plans.

President Jomo Kenyatta was in office when we arrived in Kenya.  He always kept Kenya a stable anchor in the midst of the stormy sea of African countries around him.  Thankfully his successors also guided the ship with solid leadership.  Kenya like any other country has its problems but they are nothing like those experienced in the nations that are close to her borders.

Speaking of problems, it is a good thing that Dad was there to guide his youngest son during the car tune up.  Since sometimes I do not know a lug nut from a rotor button.

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One Response to August 29th

  1. Bob Allen says:

    Some of us might disagree with Mzee’s successors guiding with solid leadership. Kenya has consistently been ranked among the most corrupt countries in the world. Nonetheless, Kenya has been relatively free of the internal struggles that other countries have experienced. The current mungiki movement is challenging that tradition, though.

    In spite of my negativity regarding the Kenya government, I still love the place and miss living there.

    Bob Allen

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