Last week 5 of our women and their children were arrested and taken to a government children's home. When we heard the news, we decided to go the extra mile and visit them after having our usual meeting with the women who weren't caught. I thought the place where they were was in walking distance from where we usually have our meetings, but as we set off Cecilia (pictured to my right) said 'be prepared to walk' and then I knew, this wasn't going to be a small thing! After walking for around 25 minutes in the hot midday sun, we boarded a big, noisy bus and set off to 'Kariobangi' where the women were being kept. The journey wouldn't have been too bad if if it wasn't for the crazy bus driver who had no mercy for pot-holes and speed bumps!! We were sitting in the back seat, so it meant a bumpy ride for us!
After around an hour, we alighted, and began to walk again. We picked up some fruits to munch on and happily went on our way. When we arrived, I wondered what the women's reaction would be. They could be happy to see us, or they could be angry that we didn't carry money for them to be released. I met one of the women near the gate, and she hugged me, at least one was happy! Then she took me to the room where they were keeping the other street women, and when they saw us they ran out and started laughing and giving us hugs; they were overjoyed that we had come to visit them! We couldn't spend long there because of the rules and regulations, but we had enough time to give the women soap, show them that their loved and to give the children some attention too. By the time we left, the people in charge of the home had even decided to release the women, so they were doubly happy and we gave those who didn't have KSH20 (around 18p) to get the bus back to town.
On Monday, these women came to our meeting as usual, and I could see that the visit we had payed them last week had meant so much to them. Matthew 5:41 says 'If anyone forces you to go one mile, go with them two miles'. I'm glad that I had the opportunity to be Jesus' hands and feet to these women by going the second mile for them. It's a privilege to follow Jesus and to go the extra mile for others, just
This week we took the first step towards starting a micro-finance business; we bought 100 day old chicks! I (Ruth) was very pleased about them and happily took some time helping Janet to dry off some chicks which had gotten over-excited and fallen into their drinking water! They were really cute!
So, you might ask, how do 100 day-old chicks help with opening a micro-finance business? Well, it works like this:
So, if all goes to plan, that's how things will go. And seeing as there is enough space, we should be able to get 100 chicks every two weeks as long as we find the right people who will be able to use a micro loan correctly. We hope that it goes well and that these fluffy little chicks will enable people to begin a business which in turn will enable them to provide for their familes without having to rely on other sources
Welcome to my blog! In case you didn't already know, I'm Ruth. In 2010 I graduated from University and before I even had time to settle down and get a job I felt a tug on my heart to go to Kenya for a few years to help in any way I could. When I arrived it was love at first sight; I loved the more relaxed way of life, the way Kenyans would laugh at EVERYTHING and the way people would put people first. On my first day there I also met Lox, a tall, dark & handsome African man who had the same passions in life as me and the more we worked & laughed together the more we fell in love & after a couple of years of dating we tied the knot & got married. Now I live, work, eat & sleep Kenya. It's great to be able to help those who are in some ways less fortunate than me but amazingly I always feel that I'm the one who gets blessed and learns so much from the people I try to help and from everything I do. Enjoy my blogs which give you a taste of this crazy yet wonderful life I lead.