Today is our last day at Kimbilio and doing VBS with the kids. We spent the first part of the day with the guests at Kimbilio. We played with some of the kids on the deck and sat with few who weren’t able to leave their rooms. Some guests were sitting in the courtyard enjoying the beautiful weather so we sat and enjoyed it with them. Cory even got to help with yard work! Our last tea time was bittersweet. It’s always tea time in Kenya though Haha. The afternoon ended with a wonderful goodbye from the staff. They gifted us with beautiful skirts, necklaces and bracelets. We prayed together and bid farewell to the staff and guests.
Our last day of VBS was so wonderful! The last fruit of the spirit was patience and self-control. We taught the children how to make paper airplanes. Which was a first for them. We played red light green light and red rover. So much fun! It is so obvious that God is truly moving here in Kenya. You can feel him in every bit of this place.
The Kenyans have taught us that love is beyond language. We can share in each other’s love without having to speak a word. It is in our connection, our presence, and stillness. It is one thing to read about being the hands and feet of Jesus but they have shown us what it really looks like to show sacrificial love. God is here, there are no other words to describe it.
Life in Kenya has been amazing. We have been serving everyday at the hospice helping to feed the guests, cleaning, preparing food, spending time with the guests and going on home visits in the village. Our first day of VBS was amazing. We taught on the fruits of the spirit. The kids loved the craft. I think we liked it even more. It has been such a blessing to be a blessing to the village. Although we are here to be a blessing, the Kenyans have blessed us so much with incredible hospitality and kindness. God is teaching us that there can be joy in suffering and that we dont always have to be the hero. There is honor and blessings in just sharing simple moments with each other.
Our first full day at kimbilio hospice we received the warmest welcome as we walked up. We were greeted with a song, flowers, prayer and ribbon cutting. We planted a fruit tree to honor our visit as well. We took a tour of the entire 13-acre property. They have a hospice, morgue, funeral home, and sustainable farming areas on site. They grow local greens, kale, beans, sugar cane, and all sorts of fruits. We were introduced to all of the guests and spent the rest of the afternoon spending time with the kiddos there. Life here is different. It’s much more simple and so carefree. The Kenyan people are present in every moment.
God has been teaching us to be present in every moment as well and how to really make him the center of our lives. God is also showing us the importance of people-everyone matters. God has also softened our hearts to see familiar things in a different way; areas where we never saw ourselves serving have been opened. The food has also been amazing. We’ve stuffed ourselves a couple of times lol. Fighting a bit of jetlag still but getting used to all of the new sounds when we when sleep. Everyone has been so welcoming though. Oh, what a great experience so far!