By Fred Hegele, Board of Directors
It is Friday night and we are in Nanyuki. Today was another day of travel and transition. We had breakfast at the Amani Gardens Inn bed and breakfast (formerly the Mennonite House) where we stayed last night. We went to the bank, and exchanged our US Dollars for an amazing conversion rate of 101+ Kenya Shillings to the dollar. So, just to put the bulge in my pocket into some perspective, $1000 USD converts to over 100,000 Kenya Shillings, and a 1000 KS bill is the largest. It surely causes one to think differently, for example, when the transportation from Nairobi to Nanyuki, roughly a four-hour drive, costs 6000 Kenya Shillings, or about $60.00 USD.
Carol and Sandy met us in Nairobi last night after their meetings with Kenyan accountants regarding our new Imara International-Kenya company accounting systems. We are ready to file the new Imara Village building plans for government certification, which will allow groundbreaking on the new Main Building, the largest building in the Village, to start this spring. We need to give Carol and Sandy great credit for navigating this circuitous process, where customs, regulations, culture and timing are quite different from our American reality.
We had dinner at Sophy Grattan’s Cape Chestnut Restaurant, which is a great British/Kenyan experience. The Chinese Buffet was “over-the-top” excellent. One of the big take-aways for me is to witness the extreme network for Carol and Sandy here in this community. People know (and love) these two Imara emissaries. From my point of view, these fiends of Imara know and care about what is going on at Imara House here in Nanyuki, and I believe the good Lord is continuing to send good people our way. The great credit goes to these two fine women who are the face, the voice, the heartbeat and the daily soul of this mission here on the edge of Mount Kenya and the Rift River Valley. It is a beautiful thing — thank you, God!
Our daily devotion on this trip is based upon the study Dressed to Serve, developed and published by Reverend Dr. Frank Nelson in Stillwater, Minnesota. While we have packed our clothes and lugged our luggage, we are also dressing ourselves with the wardrobe of servant’s clothing that God wants us to wear in the days ahead. Today we studied Colossians 12, “Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience.”
While we focused on gentleness today and the other spiritual fruits in the days to come, we also throw in some love. Please keep us in your thoughts and prayers as we seek to represent all of you in doing God’s work in this very special place.