It's been two years since I was last in this land of smiling faces, dusty red roads & delicious street foods.
It's so good to be here, to meet up with old friends, to eat my favourite Kenyan foods & to discover new places!
So far it's Lox, me & Joseia here along with 2 ladies who live in the U.K. & have come here to make a difference. We've had quite a few adventures travelling from one side of the country to the other & putting into action what God has put on the heart of one of these ladies, Maria.
To be honest, I've been inspired by Maria & the hard work & enthusiasm she's put in over the last year to do what she felt God wants her to do here. Firstly, she felt God putting on her heart to build 3 wells. She didn't have money to do this herself so she thought & prayed about how she could raise the money to do it. So, she collected empty water bottles & put a label on them asking her friends to put in 10p every time they drink water so that others can also have access to clean water. She gave the bottle out to her friends & anyone who was willing to take one & then followed up & collected the money every so often. Through doing this she raised enough money to dig 3 wells & to build a water conservation tank (to collect rain water)!
She then thought about what people here who are poor can eat each day? She was inspired by a book she'd been reading to start an animal bank. She's been asking people to buy a goat or chicken & over the last week she's been buying them & putting them in schools & with people in the community. The idea is that these animals will be loaned to poor families who will benefit from the eggs & milk. When their animal gives birth, they given the first one back to the 'bank' to pay their loan & keep the rest & so the bank continues to help other poor families.
It's been brilliant to see the wells being officially opened & people's excitement as they've been loaned an animal!
I've also been inspired by Maria's commitment to making these things happen. She didn't have much money of her own but she asked God for creative ideas so that she could raise the money needed. Through her obedience she's really made a difference in the lives of those people who now have clean water & milk or eggs to add to their limited diet.
It's challenging me & I hope it can challenge you too to think about what you can do? What difference can you make in someone's life today?
As Mother Teresa said, there's no big things, only small things done with big love. I believe it's these things which really make a lasting difference in the lives of others.
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.